Deep Dive into Cinematography — Solihull Sixth Form College

Deep Dive into Cinematography

Media students at Solihull Sixth Form College explored the world of cinematography thanks to a fascinating online talk recently.

Students from Year 12 and Year 13 A level Media Studies and BTEC Creative Digital Media Production took part in the online presentation, which was delivered by Norwegian underwater cameraman Kjetil C. Astrup.

Kjetil has been working in the field of land-based and aqua cinematography for the past 15 years, and was happy to share with the students what that role involves. He discussed his journey into industry – via a combined passion for scuba-diving and photography – and what working for Cinemarine, a specialist water and film production company, is like.

He explained how many underwater scenes we see in film and on TV are shot in a swimming pool, dressed to look like real water. He also explained his experience of working in the natural world too, as his work in lakes and oceans has included the Netflix series ‘Human Playground’ and the latest James Bond ‘No Time To Die’, amongst other films, shows, music videos and adverting commissions he has had. There was also a chance for students to ask questions about his work and what it is like working as a freelance creative.

After the event, Hannah Maloney, a Creative Media student in Year 13, said:

“The underwater cinematography talk provided a great insight into an area of the industry that isn’t acknowledged enough. It was incredible getting to find out the process from pre-production, recording underwater, to the films finally hitting our screens.”

Kjetil C. Astrup remarked:

“It was fun sharing my experiences with the students. I usually conduct workshops in person, when visiting film schools here in Norway, so connecting this way was a different, yet enjoyable, experience. Hopefully we can make it an annual event!”

Media teacher Daniel Spurr added:

“After a refreshing dip into the world of underwater Film and TV, hopefully our students will be inspired to pursue their own passion, whether that be on land, sea or in the air!”

25 September 2023