Stock Footage from Palau hits milestone

Stock Footage Palau and Tropical Pacific

Over the course of the last 10 years I have been uploading stock footage from Palau to one particular agency.

Stock Footage Richard Brooks Aerials Sharks Manta Rays Turtles

In the last week I hit a landmark number of files in my portfolio of 1000. Whilst this may not seem a lot compared to many other contributors it is significant for two reasons.

In the early years the very slow internet in Palau meant that progress of uploads was similarly slow. This made me particularly choosy when it came to which clips I would send to them as I obviously wanted the greatest chance of sales per clip. This produced a portfolio smaller than others but of a higher quality.

Stock Footage Palau Richard Brooks Human activities Birds Sea Snakes and Crocodiles Sting rays

Huge variety of stock footage subjects

Palau has an enormous range of subjects to film so the diversity of the portfolio is similarly diverse.

Stock Footage Richard Brooks Ultra High definition Bumphead parrotfish hunting behavior Action cams

Living in Palau also has given me the advantage in that access has been provided by Government departments to extremely inaccessible sites or rare/unique situations. This results in one-of-a-kind footage, unrepeatable  and invaluable.

Stock Footage Palau Richard Brooks Schooling fish Time-lapses Jellyfish lake Marine invertebrates

I have also not limited myself to just Palau. Filming trips to Yap, Philippines and Kiribati have also yielded incredible stock footage.

Stock Footage Palau Richard Brooks Freshwater environments mangroves and sea grass spawning aggregations shipwrecks

The Nature Footage agency provides a variety of licenses for all different types of media applications from small format internet to international Cinema releases. Rights managed or Royalty Free. This means that whatever your product, they can provide you with the right license for your release.

Stock Footage Richard Brooks eagle rays scenics environmental macro

The internet in Palau is vastly better than it ever was (100kb/s upload…) but this has not changed my approach to quality. Only the very best clips are uploaded but instead of it taking 3 days, it now takes 12 hours. Whoop whoop right?

Stock footage for every application

If you are interested in subjects from Palau or the Pacific region but don’t find them in the Portfolio here, 

Stock footage Richard Brooks editors choice illegal boat burn

please feel free to contact me here to discuss what may be available but not yet online or if there are specific needs for your project.

For further reading on what it has taken to get this many clips together over this many years read here.

Cheers

Richard Brooks

Filming in Palau. Professional Media Production, things you need to know.

Filming in Palau

Are you thinking of filming in Palau?  Are you looking for a reliable and professional media production company to assist with your project?

Lightning Strike Productions is run by husband and wife team: Richard Brooks and Bernadette Carreon-Brooks. Together they have over 30 years cumulative experience living in the Republic of Palau. Richard has been filming underwater for over 20 years and in Palau for over 12. Bernadette is an internationally renowned journalist specialising in fisheries, economics and politics.  

We can help you with all aspects of your production. Filming permits, accommodation, land transport. Underwater camera operator, boat hire, rental camera equipment. Interviews, drone pilots, on camera talent…..

Over the last 12 years we have filmed in a huge number of locations within Palau. From the far northern reefs of Velasco, to the far south and it’s remote islands of Helen,  Tobi and  Sonsorol.

Filming in Palau. Underwater wildlife of Palau
Underwater icons found on almost every dive in Palau
How Lightning Strike Productions can help you

Lightning Strike Productions has worked with numerous broadcast entities in Palau over the years. Clients include the BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Aljazeera,  ABC, Animal Planet, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. It’s also a regular contributor to online news media through it’s stringer services.

Our cameras, both underwater and drone mounted output Raw footage, ensuring the very highest in 4K 16 bit quality.

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Postcard perfect Palau

 

 

 

 

Whilst things have improved, Palau is still remote and does not have a huge amount of media production resources. There are no dedicated camera stores and spare parts etc need to be ordered in from overseas, which can take at least a week at best.

It’s regional and national government structures can be tricky to negotiate for filming permits and site access. We can help you navigate and succeed in this local arena.

If you are considering filming in Palau it’s well worth contacting us to find the lay of the land and get a bespoke solution for your success.

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360 degree view of Koror, Palau’s commercial hub and the adjacent Ngermid Bay with it’s picturesque limestone islands.
 
Location Palau

The Republic of Palau has a huge variety of healthy and almost pristine ecosystems. Palau provides a huge wealth of opportunities for media content. It is visually stunning with tropical islands, coral reefs, jungles and plentiful iconic species.

There are numerous conservation stories available.  Marine Protected Areas, Tuna Fisheries, Marine  enforcement,  mangrove protection, migratory shorebirds, climate change resilience.

We have WW2 wrecks, their de-mining and recovery of human remains. Extensive underwater caverns and of course the many marine lakes with their millions of Jellyfish.

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A huge range of underwater environments……

Additionally the other side of the coin is also available. Stories on illegal fishing and the black market trade in protected species. The need to balance tourism and development with conservation. Tuna economics, Climate Change, Ocean acidification, renewable energy, coral bleaching, plastic pollution….

There are stories waiting to be told and new technologies waiting to tell them with and since we are based in Palau we can start production quickly.

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Drone filming services expand shot range with a reasonable budget
Palau Stock Footage library

If you need footage quickly or something specific but time consuming, there is always the option of stock footage. As a result of filming here for over 12 years we have a huge stock footage library available.

Almost all our work has something to do with the environment meaning it’s well worth seeing what we can offer on those subjects.

See our latest show reel here

Filming in Palau with Lightning Strike Productions

Lightning Strike Productions has the experience and the expertise and is therefore perfectly placed to help you with any element of your filming and media production needs in Palau. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Cheers

Richard

Welcome to Behind the Scenes

Filming and media production in Palau

Welcome to Behind the Scenes. This is Media Production Palau.

Here we have a collection of posts that look behind the cameras of Lightning Strike Productions.

At Lightning Strike we film underwater, in the air with drones and from aircraft. We film wildlife, interviews and Time-lapse sequences. We edit and produce educational films. In short we tackle everything media production related in Palau.

Most of our films and media are environment based and we take pride in all our media production projects. We are media production Palau.

As this blog grows we will be covering a range of subjects but they will mostly be grouped into the following subjects:

Underwater Cameraman Palau. Media production
Underwater filmmaking needs you!

Underwater filming and photography

Drone filming and photography

Time-lapse shooting

Conservation

Expeditions and Travel

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Enjoy these sporadic writings. There is no schedule… Please feel free to leave a comment or ask  questions regarding any elements of our productions. Keep coming back for updates .

See our company website for more information.

Media Production Palau

We are available for: Underwater filming, underwater photography, underwater camera rental.  Aerial filming, drone pilot hire. Location scouting, fixer work. We can help organise permits, accommodation in Palau, dive boat charters, aircraft charters, stock footage or just advice on where to dive.

The latest media production in Palau and beyond

For a comprehensive run down of everything we got up to in 2017 check out this post. It highlights all the progress we’ve made as well as the major projects we have undertaking over the year. New camera and filming techniques with many examples of the films we shot for our clients, it also includes a show reel of our favorite footage from the year, so have a look!

Cheers

Richard