Jacques Star is a freelance content creator and producer. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas, and travels worldwide on new and interesting adventures.
Post-War Paradise The American Dream. It became a slogan and mindset after the American’s won World War II. The horror and scale of destruction left a nasty imprint on so many young soldiers' minds, that they wanted to comfort and security when they got home. They wanted to all but forget all the dark and horrific scenes that were played out in front of them overseas daily.
Diving With Great White Sharks
I finally got the chance to fulfill my boyhood dream of diving with Great White sharks last week in Guadalupe, Mexico. It was a benefit charter for the Historical Diving Society and we had some very special guests on board, including the legendary underwater photographer, Ernie Brooks. I have been SCUBA diving since 1999, but I only recently got into underwater photography and videography over the last 6 years. If you are a novice or have less than 100 dives, I strongly urge you to focus on your diving. The camera can be a distraction and you have to get used to checking your life support system on a regular basis, stay close to your buddy, communicate with them, AND operate a camera underwater. You need to develop this multitasking over time and I strongly urge safety above all else. That being said, let's dive into this adventure, shall we?
Shooting Underwater on an Indie Budget
Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of becoming an explorer like Jacques Cousteau. I studied environmental science for 3 years until I figured out that the part of diving that I liked was when I had a camera in my hands for documenting and educating the public, so I shifted my career back to videography, except this time I focused on underwater. I took the professional underwater cinematography course at Hydroflex with Pete Romano: ASC. In case you're not familiar with Pete Romano or Hydroflex, he basically re-engineered underwater housings and cameras back from the stone age to state of the art technology. Before the mid-80's, underwater housings were primitive, cumbersome and difficult to get good results with. His debut was with James Cameron working on The Abyss and the rest is history. If you see a major motion picture with underwater scenes, most likely it's Pete Romano donning the SCUBA gear and getting the underwater shots. I couldn't have had a better teacher.