Mark Sharman: Underwater Cameraman
Mark is well adapted to filming both topside and underwater, with people and wildlife. He specialises in underwater camerawork, and is best known for being an underwater cameraman.
Mark filmed the underwater sequences for the critically acclaimed independent film Jago: A Life Underwater, which won the Grand Teton Award at the 2015 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
Mark is an HSE qualified diver (since 2003) and has used his diving and underwater camera skills on a number of productions including Life at the Extreme with Davina McCall, The One Show, Springwatch, Deadly 60 and Wild Britain with Ray Mears. Mixed with his topside presenter-led, wildlife and sync experience, he brings a broad range of shooting experience when productions need versatility on location.
A behind-the-scenes video, which features Mark on location talking about the filming of seahorses in Singapore for Wild City Islands, can be seen here.
Over the last year, Mark has also camera assisted on a number of underwater blue chip shoots, for BBC Ocean/Blue Planet II and Dolphin Oasis, a Disneynature feature film produced by Silverback Productions.
Mark is a qualified closed-circuit rebreather diver and owns a rEvo III hCCR unit. Along with his experience on his first unit, the Poseidon Se7en, he has accumulated 300 hours underwater and has his own full face mask and set of comms for underwater communications.
With 800+ dives in warm and cold waters, and with his own kit and current dive medical, Mark is fully equipped and available to work on underwater productions as main DoP, second camera operator or part of a diving team.