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Adventure guide program

Adventure guide program

Subvision Productions was part of a shoot of an adventure guide program for French language television this past week. The program called “guide d’aventures” is in its third season and is a series by  Ottawa based Balestra Productions.  Producer and director Mark Chatel is one of the busiest producers in the Ottawa area and was present during the shoot at Rendezvous Dive Adventures in Barkley Sound.

film crew
film crew left to right Ivan Cooke, Mark Chatel and Maxime Fourge. Photo by Kathy Johnson

This adventure guide program follows individuals who’s life is not a run of the mill one and who offers adventures of many different kinds to those who want to experience the adventure themselves.

In this episode the program follows a dive guide and a number of his customers on an underwater expedition. Peter Mieras is an accomplished diver, naturalist, film maker, author and lover of oceans. The weather was sublime and during the shoot unexpected wildlife showed up such as whales, eagles and sea lions.

first impressions after the dive
first impressions after the dive. Photo by Kathy Johnson

The adventure guide program will air in the fall of 2018 and Subvision Production supplied underwater and stock footage. After 4 days of shooting the crew and customers were sad to leave but very happy with the result.

Balestra shoot
Balestra shoot. Crew and customers. Photo by Kathy Johnson.


4K footage of fish net removal

4K footage of  fish net removal

During the weekend of April 16 and 17 2016 Subvision Production filmed underwater and topside footage for a video production. The subject of the video was  derelict fishing gear and resulted in 4K footage of fish net removal.

The location in the Gulf Islands in British Columbia was just of North Pender Island and the topside weather was beautiful. The waters however were not very clear and the currents and the diver activities with the silt from the net removal made the filming challenging to say the least.

4K underwater video frame grab of derelict fish net removal
4K underwater video frame grab of derelict fish net removal

A combination of commercial and volunteer divers worked for 2 long days underwater and removed 24 large bags of seine net as well as some recreation fishing gear stuck on the reef. A large amount of invertebrate life was returned to the ocean alive.

fishing gear retreived
fishing gear retreived

The 4K underwater video frame grab of derelict fish net removal depicts divers removing nets underwater as well as footage of the net coming to the surface and the processing of the net of the boat.

This is effort is part of a wider growing movement to establish a BC / Canada wide derelict fishing gear removal and recycling program.

The final video productions is expected to be released on World Oceans Day in June . Short clips are available for purchase after June 8th 2016 and will be part of the Subvision Productions stock footage library.  More footage  of derelict fishing gear s available in 2K .

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Mini series made into movie

Mini series made into movie

Explorer, film maker and adventurer Lawrence Wahba has recently released a new mini series called “Todas as Manhãs do Mundo”. This 6 part series made for National Geographic and produced by Canal Azul, (Sao Paulo Brazil) tells the story of life in the hours of dawn and the differences with day time in behaviour and environment.  Lawrence takes you on a journey that covers the Africa, South America and other iconic places. One of the great episodes is filmed on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in Canada. This episode covers the amazing trek of the salmon, the bears that feed on them and the rich, productive underwater life. As one of the Directors of Photography I worked closely with the team on a daily basis and filmed the encounters with wolf-eels, sea lions and other beautiful underwater creatures.

A black bear takes a nap after feeding on Chinook salmon

A French version of the series is due to come out in the spring of 2016. This will be produced by “Bonne Pioche” under the lead of Frédéric Febvre. This team received an Oscar for the movie “March of the penguins” in 2006.

Currently the Brazilian team is working on a movie version of the series and Subvision Productions has contributed essential footage to the salmon sequences. The movie version is set to be available in early 2016.

Lingcod video

Lingcod video

Lingcod (Ophiodon elongates) is one of the signature species of British Columbia, Canada and an important fish for various interest groups. First nations traditionally fished this species in times when other preferred fish were less abundant. Current commercial and recreational fishing by bottom trawlers and hook and line fishing underline the demand for this fish. Recreational fishermen appreciate this fish and recreational scuba divers consider this fish one of the most voracious species in BC waters.

juvenile Lingcod eats shrimp
Lingcod eats shrimp

Lingcod are only found on the west coast of North America, with the highest abundance off the coast of British Columbia. They typically live on the bottom and prefer rocky areas at depths of 10-100 m but are also found on sandy areas, particularly when juvenile.

It is easy to obtain Lingcod video as they generally don’t swim away when slowly approached. However knowing the life cycle of the Lingcod and its behaviour will helps to get Lingcod video with significant content. And of course with any underwater video luck and being at the right time in the right place is a factor in getting exceptional Lingcod video. These includes examples such as a Lingcod trying to catch a salmon, a Lingcod eating a painted greenling etc.

Lingcod eats chinook salmon
Lingcod trying to eat a chinook salmon

The Lingcod’s reproduction cycle follows a particular train of events and is well documented. Around October and November females which are gravid will migrate from deeper water into shallow areas and select nest sites. The males , like with all greenling family members, fertilize and guard the egg masses the females have laid. The egg masses look like chunks of styrofoam and because of it’s high protein content many other animals try to feed on them. Sea stars, crabs and other fish likes them but the guarding males are vigilant.  

Lingcod video of Lingcod eggs hatched
Lingcod video of Lingcod eggs hatched
Lingcod female pregnant Lingcod video
Lingcod female pregnant Lingcod video






Below are some links to Lingcod video I have taken over the years:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiaC5IAp9tg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaHZYOKmgmU


sixgill shark stock footage

A short video clip of a sixgill shark.


This is some of our more rare underwater footage. Each year Subvision Productions participates in the annual shark survey week in Barkley Sound. The aim is to find and catalogue shark in this area. The main focus is the sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus). This shark has been around for approx. 150 million year and although its distribution is world-wide, it is a rarely seen shark by divers. In the last 10 years we have gathered quit a bit of footage of sixgill sharks, ranging from male adults measuring 12 ft to 2 1/2 feet long juveniles. All in their natural habitat and no feeding or other manipulation. 

Only in the summer months do sixgill sharks come shallow enough to been seen by divers. The rest of the year they spend at depth too great for scuba based encounters.  This underlines the difficulty to get this footage and the research connected with it.

More great HD underwater video stock footage on our Youtube channel.

our credentials

Our credentials…what about them?

Subvision productions our credentials

The following credentials give you an impression of our working history. Throughout the years Subvision Productions has worked with and for a number of entities. The projects we worked on ranged from simple and short blog videos to full-fledged TV productions. With each of the project we expanded our knowledge, our equipment and our stock footage library.

See the most recent media CV




Here are some of the companies we worked with:

  • BBC natural History Unit  : Deadly pole to pole , various services and stock footage
  • BBC natural History Unit  : “Nature’s greatest dancers” , underwater stock footage
  • HMH   : Underwater video for e-textbook on Biology and Science
  • Alberni Aquarium and Stewardship Centre: Video productions for exhibits and education
  • World Animal Protection Canada : Underwater camera services and  and stock footage
  • World Animal Protection:  nature stock footage
  • National Geographic / Canal Azul:  DOP on the British Columbia episode on Todas as Manhãs do Mudo
  • Seattle Aquarium : various  promo videos
  • Ucluelet Aquarium : screen content in aquarium
  • Vancouver Aquarium : various project including screen content and underwater stock footage
  • TV Tokyo : underwater stock footage
  • Discovery Channel: Daily planetTop 10 Weirdest Sea Creatures Videos” May 2014 provided footage
  • Archetype Productions : exclusive underwater stock footage provider for environmental restoration project
  • Broadway Caprice : underwater stock footage for various productions
  • Hwan Parks Rhinestone Productions South Korea : Orca footage for marine mammal education project
  • Dolphin Connection Experience : underwater footage on derelict net removal for children’s education experience
  • Uvic / Oceans Network Canada : video production for Oceans Alive, whale behaviour footage
  • Bamfield Marine Science Center: short video productions for the “Ocean Link” program
  • VIU Deep Marine Station : screen content for centre
  • Nippon Television : underwater stock footage
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada : underwater images for educational materials
  • University of Rostock : underwater stock footage for educational presentations
  • West Coast Aquatic Management Board : short videos and blog content
  • Earth Touch TV: underwater stock footage for show “WSX
  • Shaw TV : underwater stock footage for various features
  • Lady Rose Marine Services : various nature footage for promo video
  • Ekos Communications : exclusive underwater and nature stock footage provider for promo video International Marine Conservation Congress

Shark Survey Week

Six gill shark with diver

During the summer months Subvision Production is involved in the annual shark survey week. Usually held in August a team of divers, filmmakers, photographers and researchers set out to find the elusive six gill shark. This shark has been around for over 150 million years and is a true dinosaur.  Due to its involvement in this research project Subvision Productions has a growing library of unique stock footage of this rarely seen shark.

underwater video stock footage

Underwater video stock footage

Subvision Productions’ main focus is HD underwater video stock footage.  We also create complete video productions from conception to delivery.  Although we can produce a range of different videos, our specialty lies in environmental and underwater projects. Examples are restoration projects, research projects, conservation and other related activities.

Subvision Productions grew out of our ability to offer rare, hard to find and sometimes unique underwater video stock footage. We produce HD and 4K videos that can be used as website content, marketing and promotion tools and enhance presentations.

We have worked with and provided underwater video stock footage and complete video productions for many organizations such TV Tokyo, Nippon TV, the BBC natural history unit, universities and many others. On our credential page you will find a more extensive list of the organizations we work with.

Our main area is the Pacific Northwest of Canada but we shoot world-wide and our growing library includes many areas of the world. We also offer general above water and nature footage.

We just started this web page so please stay with us for more updates soon.

If you need to reach us in the meantime feel free to send an e-mail to: info@subvisionproductions.com or give us a call at 250 735 5050