There are a variety of services that can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization. I offer the unique ability to deliver all of these skills at sea by myself, frequently using a compact portable system. In a broad overview, these can include any of the following;

Design, Build and Deploy System
Bringing a new system online can present numerous challenges. It can be challenging to determine what functions you want your new system to have if you are not familiar with the many options. Proper scope definition and thoughtful design criteria can help you maximize your budget. Steps may cover;
  • Define design criteria
  • Gather data on ships systems and spaces
  • Create and present system design
  • Research candidate devices
  • Submit gear recommendations and considerations
  • Negotiate and acquire components
  • Receive and inventory devices
  • Configure devices
  • Wire system
  • Stage and test entire system
  • Develop policies, procedures and processes to support system
  • Write troubleshooting steps
  • Catalog system issues
  • Pack and ship system
  • Install and deploy system
  • Train staff in system operation
  • Provide system support
Record Scientific Video
Ensuring that your media is correctly recorded every single time is of utmost importance. I create and institute systems, policies, procedures and checklists to ensure that this mission-critical task is performed correctly every time. Sample tasks can include;
  • Determine appropriate codec and record scheme
  • Verify signal path integrity
  • Communicate with ROV provider to ensure proper recording
  • Start recordings per client specs
  • Add audio slate to files
  • Monitor video quality and system health during recordings
  • Include audio annotations as desired
  • Validate spatial and temporal metadata
  • Verify compliance of video signals
  • Transition to overlapped, interleaved recordings
  • End recordings per client specs
  • Process and protect media files
  • Edit highlights
  • Pull stills as desired
  • Prepare system for next evolution

Produce Webcasts
A high-bitrate satellite connection can be utilized to create a rich production to engage a remote audience in shipboard activities. This can be a compelling and dynamic manner to engage the public in Ocean research, and to deliver informal science education. These webcasts can even be used to create a presence at a hosted remote site, such as schools or aquaria. This work can include;
  • Create show rundown with client
  • Craft supporting graphics and lower thirds
  • Prep relevant areas of vessel
  • Work with talent on procedures and comms
  • Verify good connectivity with shore / remote site(s)
  • Edit packages for use during show
  • Edit presentations as needed
  • Roll show elements and intro / cue talent
  • Operate audio mixer, remote cameras, phone interfaces, supporting computers and comm systems
  • Manage audience interactions
  • Outro event

Create Edited Video Productions
I am able to shoot and edit public facing videos while at sea, and transcode that content so it can be available while still at sea. This can include ROV dive video highlights, key personnel interviews and overall mission overviews. Typically involves;
  • Capture client messaging goals
  • Craft powerful, compact language
  • Shoot supporting footage
  • Conduct on vessel interviews with mission personnel
  • Collect and create supporting graphics
  • Edit into an effective communications piece
  • Revise as directed by client agency
  • Prepare versions for dissemination through various media outlets

Mission Photographer
I have an extensive camera kit that is compact while still providing the unique tools needed for shipboard work. I have an eye that can see and capture critical moments in an expedition. These images are provided for your institutions use under a Creative Commons license. Many clients use these images to populate their websites, social media, and for print publications, such as Annual Reports and other high-quality media. In addition, images include GPS position, keywords, and Associated Press style captions if desired. Imaging can include;
  • Constantly monitoring shipboard activities, deck operations and radio communications for possible photo opportunities
  • Contacting personnel to arrange shoots
  • Selecting appropriate cameras and lenses in advance of operations
  • Safely shooting deck operations
  • Capturing all aspects of shipboard life
  • Shooting portraits of staff and crew as possible
  • Shoot forensic images of samples or equipment as desired
  • Post-processing and editing images
  • Adding relevant metadata
  • Exporting and delivering version that meet client specifications

Please contact me if you are interested in a possible booking for your upcoming expedition.