Ever heard of the Psychedelic Sea Slug, or do you know where Australia’s only colony of Fur Seals haul out of the ocean? Neither did we until we partnered with the Department of Primary Industries to create a series of videos celebrating the diversity and uniqueness of four Marine Parks along the NSW east coast. From Cape Byron to Bateman’s Bay the videos needed to highlight the role the parks play in sustaining marine life, supporting commercial and tourist operators, and the connection to sea for First Australians.
Working closely with the DPI Marine Park team, OOTS undertook extensive research to determine the unique characteristics, people and locations of each marine park. To remain cost-effective and offer great value, a single OOTS Camera Operator and Drone Pilot worked alongside Marine Park staff to capture stories from locals, travel to unique locations (often across remote and demanding terrain) and film in rapidly shifting weather conditions to capture a bank of footage for use now and into the future.
The result was a short video (approx. 5 minutes) for each marine park, with an overarching video of approximately 12 minutes, encompassing all the marine parks and the role they play in maintaining ecological diversity, indigenous sea culture, business and tourism.
The videos capture the Marine Parks as an awe-inspiring destination full of cultural and ecological significance, while providing a base for business, tourism and locals. They allow the voices of locals to balance storytelling with motivational footage of nature, aerials and underwater photography. Make a coffee, press play below and discover the beauty of NSW Marine Parks. Enjoy!