HMHS Britannic – Filming at the depth of 120 meters

The third week of the expedition has started; the team is located on the island of Kea, and the primary goal of the mission is to continue researching the legendary wreck of HMHS Britannic.

Everything is happening according to the previously approved schedule and, due to the optimal weather condition, another exploratory submergence has happened today.

The Triton 3300/3 submarine can carry three persons in a comfortable and safe manner, however while filming there are only two passengers: camera operator and the pilot, third place is taken by the professional rig with RED Epic Dragon cameras.

During the interview with the expedition director Evgeny Tomashov, he said: “This year we have decided to take up the new approach in filming of the “Britannic” wreck. Despite of the fact that we have been working and filming the legendary liner for the past two years, the video material we got was “regular” (If this word can be applied to the filming at the depth of 120 meters), I mean, there was no exclusive material. A wreck is a huge object (260m). Therefore, it is impossible to shoot it in whole, only be fragmented parts.

During the first expedition season, we had discovered that it is impossible to film “Britannic” without additional lighting. The second season revealed the fact that it is not possible even with the right professional light if it can not move along the shooting path.

During the first expedition season, we had discovered that it is impossible to film “Britannic” without additional lighting. The second season revealed the fact that it is not possible even with the right professional light if it can not move along the shooting path.

We tried to set up the lights separately, but the result did not satisfy our expectations. The idea that we are bringing to life today incorporates two separate machines with the direct, powerful light sources that can move freely.
The high technological pair of Triton 3300/3 submarine and our ROV works perfectly for the task. With such equipment and amount of light, which have not been used before, we managed to get the general clear shots of the wreck as a whole.

For the past expeditions, we have filmed more than 50 hours of this magnificent liner footage. Terabytes of scientifically valid material had been gathered for the future study, analyzes and production of exclusive documentaries.

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