Hectometer: World Record

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I remember being infatuated with Luc Besson’s strange film the Big Blue as a kid and wondered what it must be like to free dive deep into the ocean. Matty Brown attempts to articulate that feeling in this ‘visual poem’ based on William Trubridge’s world record free dive of 100 meters. With only a single breath and no weights Trubridge descended into the world’s deepest blue hole, Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas. He did so to help shed light on the plight of the world’s smallest cetacean, the Hector’s Dolphin of New Zealand.


Directed and Edited by Matthew Brown
Written and Produced by William Trubridge verticalblue.net
Director of Photography – Matthew Brown

Jason Sapp
Paul Heinerth
Brian Kakuk
Charlie Beede
Brian Pucella
Alfredo Romo
Paolo Valenti
Igor Liberti

Matthew Brown
Nic Rowan
Dolphin Footage – Liz Slooten, Steve Dawson, and NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust
Music Composed by Christopher Ward
Voice Coaches – Linda Trubridge and Gerry Dinnage

AIDA Judges – Ute Geßmann and Ben Weiss
Coach/Timekeeper – Brittany Trubridge
Deep Safety Divers – Paul Heinerth, Brian Kakuk, and Jason Sapp
Safety Divers – Charlie Beede, Brian Pucella, and Alfredo Romo

Still Photography by Igor Liberti and Paolo Valenti


Here’s sort of the making-of/behind the scenes (basically bloopers) of the video, hehe tinyurl.com/73n99pz

shot on the naked Canon HV40 (R.I.P) and edited with Sony Vegas

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