About Zac Macaulay Underwater DOP, Cameraman and Photographer
About Zac Macaulay
Zac has worked with some of the best people in the business, including specialist studios, riggers and lighting gaffers (amongst other professions), in a career as an underwater cameraman and photographer that has taken him and his crew all over the world. He has shot for a wide variety production companies and agencies both advertising and editorial for many and varied clients. Zac likes to use a strong graphic element in his shooting style, using colour and composition as a thread that runs through his work.
Very familiar with shooting commercial advertising in purpose-built flooded studios, tanks or private pools for ultimate control as much as in the open sea on assignment. Zac has built up countless fix it contacts all around the world to help facilitate your production and a large knowledge of locations to help you find that special beach or bay just right for your shoot.
Film / movie and stills Production – Cameras
Film – Arri Alexa Mini or full size Alexa in a Gates housing.
Film – Red Epic Dragon (6K) or Weapon (8K) in a Gates Deep Dragon Housing.
Film – Seacam, Panasonic GH5 combination. This competes with most pro movie cameras in terms of quality, shooting at 4K at 25, 30, 50 or 60p also in 1080 at 100 or 180p. The image stabiliser is great for smooth shooting.
Stills – Seacam, Panasonic GH5 or Nikon D800 combination. For more detailed description of kit visit the ‘Movie’ page
As a camera housing and camera owner / operator, pricing for Zac is based on a competitive day rate. We always try to work to a budget, if required. Let us know your requirements.
We’re familiar with a range of underwater film studios, tanks, pools and locations (in the UK, and abroad). Day rates suit all budgets, depending on your project, or production.
Lighting can be either a competitive all in package, or created as more bespoke equipment for specialist larger shoots and requiring a qualified electrician. Zac uses the latest underwater camera systems.
We have a certain amount of our own underwater and dry lighting, which can be incorporated (if appropriate) within some shoot budgets.
We work with a tight, well known crew that we have worked with for many years. Crew are generally tailored to the production type, from just one camera assistant to a much larger crew for larger productions.
My main priority is safety which is the key to enabling productions to get the footage they need.
I have access to marine vessels, support vessels and qualified crews of all sorts when required.
Planning and Preparation
Planning starts during the early stages of script read throughs and doesn’t stop until the shoot is finished.
Zac holds the all important HSE qualification, a legal requirement to work underwater in the UK with crew and lighting productions.
All images on this website are copyright of Zac Macaulay. No reproduction is allowable without written permission.
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