Diving to the stars

Date: (31/12/2015)

Stray Seal is an underwater filming and photography business based in Fife, Scotland. Stray Seal blends creative practice and experience in film production with diving, and undertakes freelance underwater cinematography for Film, Broadcast Television, science, industry or ecological projects. They also work within short film production for both topside and underwater, across training, education, corporate, music, narrative and factual genres.  Commercially qualified to HSE standards, Stray Seal also provides support diving or dive contractual services for media.

At the company's centre is Lindsay Brown, who graduated within Art and Design and subsequently became a researcher in Art and Media at the University of Dundee.  

Lindsay says:  "Underwater is a unique place to be and it provides unique results. My portfolio presents a taste of this in a range of underwater work within corporate production, feature film, documentaries, music video, broadcast television and stills."

Clients include Top Gear, The One Show, BBC Springwatch, Film4, Pinewood Films, Starz Entertainment (Outlander), BBC Science and Alaska TV.

Lindsay draws on twenty years of working experience as a creative arts practitioner, and currently is interested in the development of topics that explore human relationships with the oceans and delivering high quality filming underwater. Stray Seal was developed at the end of 2010 to combine interests in the underwater environment with artistic production and research.

Stray Seal came into actual being in August 2011 with the help of Starter for Six, Cultural Enterprise and NESTA, and fulfilled their first corporate contract with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, SEPA Marine Ecology in 2012. Lindsay has spent eighteen months training and working with contracts to service large broadcast projects with underwater kit solutions, such as BBC NHU, Sky and Disney. She trained at BBC Wood Norton in studio lighting.

Bridging the Gap from the Scottish Documentary Institute

Consistently picking up awards, BAFTA’s, special mentions and festival screenings in over 45 countries worldwide, Bridging the Gap is one of the leading documentary new talent initiatives for cinema in the UK. It offers an intense creative training programme alongside production and distribution. This year the four short documentaries have been allocated a budget of up to £16K each (8K cash and in-kind production and mentoring support).

Bridging the Gap is supported by Creative Scotland and Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh)