Sven Dreesbach made one of the more impressive iPhone videos I’ve seen, utilizing underwater and surfing in a haunting, beautiful way. While shooting that video for Robot Koch, Sven also was working on a personal surfing video that he recently released. Sven made the most of his time out in the water while shooting the original video, and what he created with ancillary footage has a completely different feel to it than the original.
With my short I am trying to visualize this moment when you are out there in nature and you realize you became one with it.
“This project basically accompanied the Dark Waves video shoot,” Sven told us. “I knew that Dark Waves would most likely end up being set in a very contained environment and I would have the opportunity to shoot additional scenes and stories on the side, which I could then easily use to assemble a separate project.”
“The idea I had in mind was still based on my desire to shoot in slow motion (120fps),” he told us. In addition to 4K, the new iPhone also shoots in very high quality 120 frames per second, making it work great for what Sven had in mind. “I decided to create a dreamy and atmospheric ‘visual poem’ dedicated to surfing and the anticipation which comes with it. With my short I am trying to visualize this moment when you are out there in nature and you realize you became one with it. I know it sounds a little bit cliché to outsiders, but I just haven’t experienced anything that compares to surfing in this regard. With This Moment I am trying to put this unity, or at least hints of it, into visuals.
As mentioned, the iPhone was Sven’s weapon of choice on this project, “This Moment was also captured on the iPhone6s Plus, as Dark Waves was, and I made use of a variety of gear,” he told us. “Next to shooting most of the footage in Filmic Pro, there were two major hardware rigs essential for the shoot. The Beastgrip smart phone cage was our tool of choice for most of the footage we shot on dry land. San Diego based Watershot Inc. provided us with one of their latest iPhone underwater housings for all the shots captured in the water.”
“I would consider both systems professional grade and can recommend them to any smart phone film maker out there. The Watershot housings are most likely the best option out there today for shooting in the water. The Beastgrip is a great camera cage for handheld shots, as well as in combination with tripods or the rigs like the Manfrotto Donut (see picture) for steady motion shots.”