The independently produced film Jago: A Life Underwater, which features my underwater camerawork, has won the top prize, the Grand Teton Award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015.
The film was nominated in the Best Editing category, which it didn’t win, but ended up scooping the coveted Grand Teton Award for best film in show.
‘Jago’ tells the life story of Rohani; an old Bajau fisherman, who lives in a stilted village in the Togean Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia. The narrative is conveyed using a mix of his interview material with dramatic reconstructions of key moments in his life as a child, and as a young man learning his trade to becoming a master, as well as losing his son and coming to terms with his own mortality.
We filmed over a three week period in October/November 2014 with Red Epic Dragon cameras at 5.5K for a 4K master. We also used aerial shots and an underwater time-slice rig to enhance the drama and visual story-telling.
“The most beautiful images of the Bajau ever captured.” Blue Ant Media.
“Mesmerizing in it’s simplicity, unhurried in it’s editing, beautifully crafted in sound, music, colour and picture. Each shot is a work of art, each scene a lesson in how to seduce the audience into caring for its’ characters’ and to stay with the story.” Natural History Network.
There is yet no scheduled release or broadcast of the film, but watch these posts for details when they emerge.
Produced and Directed by James Reed
Director/Cameraman James Morgan
Underwater Cameraman Mark Sharman
Assistant Director/Sound Recordist Johnny Langenheim
Aerial and Additional Photography Benjamin Sadd
Location DIT Stephen Hedley
Editor Sam Rogers
Graphics Robin Littlewood
Additional Editing Andy Netley
Written by James Reed
Script Consultants Matthew Houghton, Johnny Langenheim
Offline Post Production Films at 59
Post Producer George Panayiotou
Workflow Consultants Matt Garner, Jack Heywood
Final Post Production Evolutions Bristol
Post Producers Cat Rutzler, Gabriel Wetz
Colourist Blair Wallace
Online Editors Arun Hall, Joanne Curtis
Sound Design Tim Owens
Dubbing Mix Ben Peace at Wounded Buffalo Sound Studios
Music composed by William Goodchild
Musicians Kwesi Edman, David Oliver, Nick Pullin, Joanna Swan, Emily Willmott
Well done to the whole team involved, a great achievement.