Zac Macaulay Films is a specialist underwater film and stills production company based just outside London.
What we offer
We provide underwater film and stills sequences for commercials, TV, drama and movies alike, shooting on location or in specialised underwater film studios, with full specialist production facilities that are associated with the job. This includes lighting (topside or underwater), specialist safety crew, and boating requirements (rib or hard hull) to suit.
We can offer unit stills for your production additionally to underwater filming. Zac has over 20 years of experience shooting stills commercially and on film sets, both underwater and ‘not underwater’.
Zac is fully HSE compliant and so is the experienced team he works with.
Zac has over 25 years experience shooting underwater stills at the highest level and in 2014 transferred his skills to film forming Zac Macaulay Films.
Camera kit – Arri Alexa Mini or Alexa
We can shoot with a Gates / Arri Alexa Mini or full size Alexa camera. This supports Alexa’s own WCU4, 3 axis lens control system through 30-45 meter long hard wired cables from surface to camera. The kit comes with glass flat and dome ports for different focal lengths.
Both 8 inch and 10 inch domes are supported as well as ultra large size domes for split shots. The housing has Gates latest SPR110 large port rings to accommodate physically large lenses, and macro lenses are also supported for specialist cinematography.
Camera kit – Gates / Red combination
We own and shoot with a Gates / Red Epic Dragon combination with a 6K capability including remote follow focus control to surface. Port options are 8 or 10 inch dome port or flat mineral glass ports, as well as the ultra large size domes for split shots.
The housing has Gates latest SPR110 large port rings to accommodate physically large lenses. Macro lenses are also supported as well as Macro Scopes for specialist cinematography. All the above to accommodate cinema or stills lenses if required.
The housing is a Gates Deep Weapon housing which is ultra reliable. Additionally and importantly our housing has been upgraded to also accommodate the Red Weapon camera with a 8 K capability which is also available.
All the above rigs can be supplied with an underwater grip package consisting of tall and short legs, 100mm tripod head, surface floatation device and underwater slider.
Panasonic GH5 / Seacam Combination
We also own and shoot with the new Panasonic GH5 which competes with some pro movie cameras in terms of quality, shooting 4K at 25, 30, 50 or 60p also in 1080 at 100 or 180p. It also has built in image stabiliser, great for smooth shooting.
This wonderful camera makes it more affordable for some productions without compromising much quality.
Daniel Tomkins – Music Video
(Dir George Laycock) – Underwater DP and Camera Operator
Mother – Independant Short Film
(Dir Nick Sneath) – Underwater DOP and Camera Operator
Brassic – Sky 1 Comedy Drama – TV
(Dir Jon Wright) – Underwater Camera Operator
Speedo – International Campaign – Stills
(Shot by Tom van Schelven) – Underwater technical advisor & underwater 1st assistant
Roo Panes – Music Video
(Dir Chris Thomas) – Underwater Camera Operator
You Are Here – New Covent Garden Soups – Ad (Dir Alex Tiernan) – Underwater Camera Operator
Dark Matter Studios – The Unfamiliar – Feature Film (Dir Henk Pretorius – The Underwater Studio – Underwater Camera Operator
Belloq Productions – Rueful Warrior – Short film (Dir – Mark Owen, Studio – The Underwater Studio) – Underwater DOP & Cameraman
Euston Films – Hard Sun – Underwater cameraman
10 Management – Take That – Wonderland tour – Underwater stills
Fit Bit Strictly Come Dancing – Ad – Producer & DOP
Disney Channel – Finding Dory – Promo – DOP & Cameraman
Littlewood’s with Myleene Klass – Ad – Producer & DOP
Pantene Pro V – TV Ad (Dir-Nick Sneath, Camera-Rich Stevenson, Studio-The Underwater Studio) – Underwater DOP
Goodmans Food Group (Merlob’s) – Ad – Producer & DOP
Little Dippers (Babies Dream) – Corporate Video – Producer & DOP
British Heart Foundation (Drowning Man) – Ad – Producer & DOP
Sappi Silken – Ad – Producer & DOP
British Heart Foundation (How to Build a Human) – Ad – Producer & DOP
London Aquarium – Ad – Producer & DOP
Diesel Jeans – Ad – Producer & DOP
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