Wild City - Islands has been nominated in four categories in the Asian Television Awards, due to take place on December 2nd in Singapore. Mark's underwater wildlife camerawork features in the programme, and Best Cinematography is one of the nominations.
Wild City - Islands was produced by Singapore-based Beach House Pictures, and features wildlife stories from around the islands off Singapore. The hour-long production, narrated by David Attenborough, is the third in the Wild City strand produced by the company in recent years. The programme is due to be aired on Sky TV in the UK soon (watch this space).
Mark spent three-weeks filming underwater sequences for the programme in December 2015, and the finished programme features three scenes he shot covering a range of behaviour despite the murky water!
The first, shows a seahorse discretely moving around soft coral and preying upon tiny organisms swimming past. Another shows the life attracted to an offshore fish farm, which features batfish and the first known record in Singaporean waters of a mimic blenny, luring a mate to a nest it has built. The third shows the symbiotic behaviour existing between a pair of pistol shrimps and a yellow watchman goby, and a passing predatory cuttlefish.
The four categories Wild City - Islands has been nominated in are:
Best Documentary Programme (One-off/Special)
Best Natural History or Wildlife Programme
Best Direction (Non-Fiction)
The other camera operators credited for the Cinematography Award are:
Joey Bania, Claire Clements, Victor Tang, Kenny Chua, Anthony Quek, Adele Bennett and Lau Hon Meng.
Wild City - Islands was Series Produced by Chiara Bellati and Produced/Directed by Jane Adcroft.
Well done team, fingers crossed for an award!