Recent Projects

Recent Projects – West Papua

Recent Projects – A Summary of Recent Projects

We have been keeping busy with recent projects and a few are now online to look at. Most of our recent projects have taken place in West Papua, a destination we are always happy to visit.

Clients that we have worked with recently include National Geographic, the BBC, Konservasi Indonesia and ReShark. All of these projects revolve around one of our favourite themes: Conservation.

Planet Earth III

One of our favourite projects was working with “Planet Earth III” by the BBC. This is a documentary series hosted by the legendary David Attenborough. Our work appears in the first episode of the series entitled: “Coasts”. The sequence is all about the incredible Archer Fish, shot in Raja Ampat. These incredible fish are able to spit water at insects on tree branches to knock them into the water and then feed on them. Our team spent a week on the shoot and a lot of our work appears in the introduction scenes. We can’t post a link to the full episode here but we can link to the “Behind the Scenes” which is hosted on YouTube.

National Geographic

Another exciting recent project was working with the team from National Geographic and Prada on a short film in Raja Ampat. This short highlights the work of local people and a National Geographic Explorer who work conserving the coral reef. Our team was responsible for all of the underwater sequences for this project.
You can view the film here on the National Geographic YouTube Channel.


One of our longtime collaborations is with the ReShark program. ReShark is a collaborative initiative between a large number of contributors such as Conservation International, The Seattle Aquarium, Konservasi Indonesia, RARCC, The Misool Foundation, West Papua and Indonesian Government organizations and dozens more. This is an ongoing project that started in 2022 and involves reintroducing leopard sharks to the Raja Ampat area. We are happy to be involved with documenting the work done by the entire team throughout the world in this important initiative.

You can watch the history of the project on the ReShark You Tube channel. Below is the short film of the first ever release of a leopard shark.

Konservasi Indonesia

Konservasi Indonesia are our frequent partners in different multi media project that we work on. In our latest collaboration we visited the island of Namatote near Kaimana in SW Papua. This is a very traditional area where local customs are strong. The people work closely with nature and the sea plays an important role in their livelihoods. We visited the area with the team from Konservasi Indonesia to document the tradition of “Sasi”. Sasi is a traditional form of sustainable utilization of resources Papuans have utilized for hundreds of years. The short film “Sasi di Namatota” is below:

Indonesian Culture
Traditional Village in Flores

Indonesian Culture Cinema

Indonesia, with its rich history, diverse landscapes, and vibrant cultural heritage, is a captivating muse for filmmakers. The Indonesian film industry has flourished over the years, providing a unique platform to showcase the nation’s cultural tapestry to audiences around the world. The country is home to hundreds of unique cultures that lend themselves well to the screen. Film makers can utilize these to create stories highlighting the country’s deep-rooted traditions, art forms, and the power of storytelling.

Indonesian Culture

Traditional Village in Flores

Indonesia is home to over 17,000 islands and boasts a diverse population comprising hundreds of ethnic groups. Each of these groups are proud of their own distinct culture, language, and traditions. The variety and distinct traditions found in different regions are inspirational for storytellers. From the Javanese, Sundanese, Balinese, and Batak cultures to the Dayak, Minangkabau, and Papuan tribes, Indonesia boasts one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.

Traditional Arts and Indonesian Culture

Traditional arts and dance are integral components of Indonesian culture. The mesmerizing beauty of Javanese court dances, such as the graceful Legong and the energetic Kecak are intricate and fascinating. Balinese dance dramas, with their vibrant costumes and wonderful stories Indonesian filmmakers have adeptly incorporated these traditional art forms, using them to tell stories, convey emotions, and immerse audiences in the richness of Indonesian culture.

Religion and Indonesian Culture

Bali Hindu Ceremony

Indonesia is a land of enchanting folklore and captivating mythology, brimming with tales of heroes, mythical creatures, and supernatural beings. These stories, passed down through generations, offer inspiration to create new narratives for modern cinema. Film makers can find inspiration throughout the archipelago simply by speaking with the local population and listening to their histories. As a country made up of many different islands there are a large variety of distinct cultures, each with its own legends and myths.


Traditional Village

Indonesian culture, with its incredible diversity and rich heritage, has found a dynamic expression through the lens of cinema. From traditional arts and dance to folklore, mythology, and historical epics storytellers have a plethora of stories to tell. Enterprising film makers can work together with local talent to shape a compelling narrative to tell their story. If you are interested in learning more about filming in Indonesia then please Contact Us today.

Zebra Shark Leopard Shark

StAR Project – ReSharking the Ocean

StAR Project – An Innovative Conservation Initiative

One of our favorite issues in the world is marine conservation. We spend a lot of time in the ocean and are in awe of all its inhabitants. We are proud to work on environmental projects whenever we have the opportunity. One such project we have been working on over the last 8 months is the StAR Project by ReShark.


Reshark Release Raja Ampat

The StAR Project is a collective effort by conservation groups, aquariums, and the Indonesian government to reintroduce native shark species to Indonesian waters. Sadly, many once common species of sharks are now almost non existent in many areas of the world. One charismatic species that was once common in Indonesia is Stegostoma tigrinum, commonly known as either the Leopard or Zebra shark. These shy sharks are known from all across the Indo Pacific region but are an endangered species. In many areas where they were once common, they are no longer found.

ReShark Baby Leopard Zebra Shark StAR Project

Raja Ampat – The StAR Project First Destination

Raja Ampat is one area where these sharks were once found in abundance. However, due to fishing pressure in the 20th century their population dwindled. However, for 20 years this area has been a successful Marine Protected Area with active patrols. This is where the StAR Project comes in. The goal of the StAR Project is to repopulate Leopard sharks in the area by sourcing eggs from aquariums throughout the world. Two purpose built aquariums have been built in the central and north areas of Raja in order to house the eggs. The plan is to release up to 500 leopard sharks in the next 10 years in order to kickstart the redevelopment of the species. If you would like to read more about the program you can read all about it on the ReShark page.

Wayag Lagoon

StAR Project Media Partner

Indo Pacific Films is happy to be the media partner for the ReShark program. Our team as accompanied the ReShark team throughout the process off building, receiving eggs, monitoring baby sharks and finally releasing the young into the wild. January 2023 marked the first time ever that one of these sharks has been released into the wild. Our team was able to capture photographs and footage of the event from the beach, underwater, and in the air. There were a total of three sharks released so far and more will follow soon.

We are looking forward to capturing the ongoing process of these incredible collaborative effort. The aim is to not stop with just leopard sharks; other endangered shark and ray species will be reintroduced throughout the world. For more photos and video of this amazing project please check out our Indo Pacific Films Instagram Page for more. For more of our recent projects stay tuned and bookmark our Blog page.

Measure Shark Size StAR Project

Listening for Pings StAR Project

Dolphin Project

Dolphin Release – The Dolphin Project

We recently worked on a project with The Dolphin Project in North Bali. This was a cause that was very dear to our hearts and the heart of anyone who cares for animals. Three former show dolphins named Rocky, Rambo, and Johnny were finally released back to the sea following a few years of rehabilitation in a sea pen.

Dolphin Project

Rescued dolphin Johnny with Argos satellite tracking device moments before release from Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, Indonesia. Credit:

In conjunction with the Ministry of Forestry and other local and national government organizations, The Dolphin Project has been working on behalf of dolphins in Indonesia for many years. The story of Rocky, Rambo, and Johnny is a long one as they spent many years confined in small pools in north Bali as circus attractions. They were rescued in late 2019 and moved to a seapen only a few months before the lockdown hit in 2020.

For two years the Dolphin Project team looked after the dolphins and helped train them to eventually live on their own. As they had been in captivity for so long, each dolphin had to learn to hunt on their own. Through a long process and much love from their trainers and the whole Dolphin Project crew, the dolphins were considered independent enough to release into the wild.

Dolphin Project

The team celebrates a job well done! Credit:

Dolphin Project 2022 Bali Dolphin Release

In September of 2022, with all of the proper permits and releases from the necessary authorities the dolphins were set free. Our team was on hand to record the process on land and underwater. The process was an interesting one as any project with animals can be. No one knew what the dolphins would do once the nets were opened. The dolphins inspected the opening for around 45 minutes before they decided they would inspect the outside world. Once Johnny decide to leave, the other two joined him and they swam toward the open water of NW Bali. This is one of the most emotional projects we have been involved in as most conservation projects are.

To read more about this project and the release date please visit the Dolphin Project web page. If you are interested in supporting their cause you can find more information there.

Dolphins Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat – Ultimate Cinematic Destination

Indonesia boasts many wonders when it comes to filming and photography. There are an endless amount of landscape, cultural, natural history, travel, and scientific subjects to choose from. With an archipelago of over 17,000 islands stretching 5000 square kilometers, the diversity of the natural attractions are seemingly endless. One of the most unique areas for shooting in nature is the Raja Ampat area of West Papua province.

Raja Ampat Karst Landscape

Raja Ampat

Beautiful Beach on Kri Island

Raja Ampat is located at the western edge of the “Birds Head Peninsula” of Papua. This small archipelago consists of hundreds of small islands spread over an area of 8000km2. The islands are karst limestone and covered in vibrant green jungle. The jagged peaks and sheer cliffs of the islands create a dramatic backdrop to the beautiful white sand beaches. With a beautiful blue sea surrounding the islands, Raja Ampat boasts endless landscape photography opportunities.

Home Stay Raja Ampat

Exotic Home Stay

With a very small population of only approximately 40,000 people in such a large area, the region is pristine. The villages are spread out and small with only a few hundred on average per village. The people live a mainly subsistence living from fishing and local produce. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and it’s possible to stay a few days in most villages throughout the area. They have strong traditions and many stories to tell. They are a proud people willing to share their knowledge and skills and often have a confident presence on camera.

Raja Ampat Wildlife

Bat Cave

Entering the Bat Cave


The wildlife in the area is unique with many exotic species of birds and marsupials. The only true native mammals in Papua are bats, and there is a large population of them in the area. Caves full of bats and small islands with a population of thousands of flying foxes dot the archipelago. Sunset is always a favorite time of day for filming as these flying mammals head out en masse to hunt during the night. The islands of Waigeo and Batanta are home to two endemic Birds of Paradise. The Red Bird of Paradise and the Wilsons Bird of Paradise cannot be found anywhere else in the world. These beautiful birds boats amazing colors and their mating dances are incredible to film.

Incredible Marine Life

Not to be outdone by their terrestrial counterparts, the marine life in Raja Ampat is a sight to behold. With the highest fish and coral biodiversity on the planet, there is a never ending variety. Underwater film makers and photographers consider the area one of the “holy grails” as the ocean boasts so much life. Schools of mating sardines invite large groups of sharks and other predators such as trevally and devil rays. These scenes create magic for the camera. The colorful soft corals and sea fans that dot the area are a wonderful backdrop throughout. If that is not enough, there are over a dozen species of whales and dolphins found here. From transient species such as orcas and Bryde’s whales to more resident species such as spinner dolphins.

Marine Life

Rich Marine Life

Overall, Raja Ampat offers such a wide variety of stories and personalities it’s impossible to cover it all in one trip. Months are needed to explore the intricate history of the people and their relationship with the area. The wildlife is so diverse, it would take years to document the terrestrial species alone. Underwater the filming and photography opportunities are never ending. If you are considering a film or photography project in Raja Ampat please get in touch, we have many years of experience in the area. Our team spends months each year in the area and have been doing so for over a dozen years. It is one of our favorite locations on the planet and one we are proud to help preserve and protect for years to come.

Cinema Drone Indonesia Lakes

Cinema Drone Indonesia Professional

Cinema Drone Indonesia – Throughout the last 70 years of film making, advancements in technology were quickly filtered down from professionals to consumers. This includes high end cameras, lights, lenses, and sound equipment. However, one technology that was normally out of range for smaller productions was aerial imaging. The price of chartering a helicopter with a gimbal has always been prohibitive to independent film makers. However, in the last decade the rapid advancements in drone technology means aerials are no longer only exclusive to large budget productions.

Cinema Drone FieldThe Rapid Drone Evolution

Drones are evolving rapidly. Only 10 years ago companies such as DJI were on their first generation products which were quite limited. However, technology is advancing rapidly and new drones are coming out all the time. In 2013, a DJI semi pro drone would need a GoPro attached and only have 10 minutes worth of battery. However, in the last 8 years the technology advancements are fast and furious! It’s now easy to operate drones with camera systems such as RED or ARRI for an independent production. DJI itself also offers drones with professional camera systems such as the Inspire system. This drone comes complete with a cinema camera offering RAW video technology.

There are also a myriad of smaller drones available on the market. Consumer drones such as the DJI Mavic and Point of View drones are widely available. These less expensive options offer more compact drones that are easier to travel with. The cameras may not be cinema style but the quality is certainly high enough for most productions. The unique style that POV drones offer is a filming angle that has never been available before. The incredible scenes that these offer is truly eye catching stands out on the screen.

Cinema Drone Komodo

Licensed Drone Pilot

Of course having a drone is only one step in the process. A skilled pilot is a must when trying to capture high quality footage. It takes hundreds of hours of practice in order to master the confidence and skill required for quality filming. Skill is one requirement but there is also another that is often overlooked. To fly a drone for a commercial production requires both a licensed pilot and the proper permits. Indonesia requires the proper documentation for any production that plans to use aerial imaging. Indo Pacific Films is proud to have a fully licensed commercial drone pilot as part of our team.

What We Offer – Cinema Drone Indonesia

Our licensed drone pilot takes care of all the proper flying permits required for a production. This includes working with the national film board as well as local airport authorities. Receiving these permits does take time, please allow a few weeks for this when considering filming. We are proud to offer the DJI Inspire 2 as our aerial imaging workhorse. It comes complete with the Zenmuse X7 cinema camera which offers 6K Cinema DNG imagery. The setup consists of the full selection of 4 lens choices: 16, 24, 35, and 50mm. For still photographs, the camera produces 24mp high end photos. For smaller productions we also have a DJI Mavic 2 Pro available.

Misool Boat Cinema Drone Indonesia

Drones truly are a mainstay of any modern production. The incredible scenes that these tools can produce add a touch of class to any film. The unique angles and views that aerials add to a scene are mind-blowing indeed. If you are interested in hiring a licensed pilot and cinema quality drone for your production then please Contact Us today to discuss the possibilities.


Flores – Travel Filming Paradise

Flores – Island of a Thousand Charms

Kelimutu Flores


Indonesia is a magical destination, with over 17,000 islands, the nation offers a wealth of geographic and cultural history. Spread over an area the size of the continental USA, Indonesia is a truly diverse country. Hundreds of different languages are present due to populations isolated from one another for thousands of years by the sea as well as high mountains. This means different areas of the country each have their own special cultural history influenced by their unique region. One of the most diverse and unique islands in Indonesia is Flores, a large land mass located in Nusa Tenggara.

Flores is located 240 miles to the east of Bali and is the arrival point for visiting the Komodo National Park. Measuring almost 400 kilometers from east to west, Flores is a mountainous destination with many active volcanoes. As a destination for filming, there are few places in the world that can compare. With thousands of years of civilization on the island, there is boundless variety of cultural history. Add 11 active volcanoes to the mix and you have one of the most interesting islands in the world.

The Flores People

Flores FamilyThe mountainous interior of the island means that the local populations developed in isolation. This means that each area has distinct cultural traditions and languages. Although mainly Catholic, the local people maintain many of their ancient traditions. For photographers and documentary film makers, this means an incredible opportunity to create. The intricate dances and ceremonies that take place during harvest festivals are a treasure to observe. With very few outsiders visiting the interior of the island, everyone is welcomed to attend. The key is attending festivals that are not a set performance for tourists. We can help organize this via our web of local knowledge.


The traditional houses of the high mountain areas of Flores are unique. The people who live in them live a basic day to day life but still enjoy more modern pleasures such as phone and TV. Their friendly demeanor and willingness to converse makes for fantastic portrait photography opportunities.

The Flores Landscapes

Village and VolcanoThe narrow island has a spine of high mountains running from east to west. These continuous range of mountains and the island itself are the result of the nearby plate subduction zone. The Indo Australian tectonic plate is sinking beneath the Eurasian plate which creates the Indonesian part of the “Ring of Fire”. With subduction comes the creation of volcanoes and Flores has no shortage of those! There are 11 active and many extinct volcanoes in Flores. They range in form and shape from the classic pyramid shape to a more flat topped variety. What they all share in common is a wonderful green jungle landscape. For content creation, there is nothing more beautiful than the early morning light on a mountain with mist rising from the trees. Flores offers these landscapes from one end of the island to the other.

Kelimutu Lakes

The prime jewel of the Flores volcanoes are the multicolored lakes of Kelimutu volcano. This 1600 meter mountain is located in central Flores near the town of Moni. The 1600 meter summit is easily reached by a short walk from the carpark. The dawn light over the craters creates a beautiful setting to capture this incredible location. Mid morning is better for capturing the colour of the lakes as the shadows of the crater walls disappear as the sun rises. There are also a group of resident long tailed macaques living in the area who make great photo subjects. Shooting from a drone is the best way to see the area as a whole.

Kelimutu LakesWith a mix of volcanoes, ancient houses, beautiful jungles, and and ancient and thriving culture, Flores island offers endless opportunities for the film maker. Knowing where and when to go is also important. We can help aspiring film crews to organize their trip to this beautiful and little known territory. Please get in touch with us if you are considering a new location to create a stunning travel film.

Indo Pacific Films Underwater Filming

Tools Needed For Underwater Filming

Tools Needed For Underwater Filming

Indo Pacific HousingAlthough it’s often used in many productions, from BBC documentaries to feature films, underwater filming is a mystery to many. There are many forms of underwater filming, from shallow bath tub shots to deep sea cinematography.  Each of these disciplines requires both the necessary skillset as well as the right equipment.  In this article we will discuss the tools that are needed to film on scuba.

A Waterproof Housing

The first tool that is necessary is a suitable underwater enclosure for the camera. Depending on the camera, there are many different options available.  Most of the popular filming cameras such as RED, Alexa, Canon, and Sony have professional style underwater housings available.  These are custom designed aluminum housings that fit a specific model of camera. Unfortunately, as the housings are designed around one camera, they are not typically able to fit other cameras.  Housings are often more expensive than the camera itself!  However, these housings are typically rated to more than 60 metres of depth and offer a real sense of security. We use Nauticam Housings for their superior design, optical engineering, and innovative engineering which is constantly raising the bar in underwater filming.

For those who only need a few quick shots for a production, cheaper alternatives exist. There are several brands which make splash proof style bags to fit different cameras. However, these are not designed for full immersion past snorkeling depths.  These bags do not offer a real sense of security for expensive camera equipment.


Ports are an integral part of every serious underwater rig.  Basically, the port is the glass portion of the underwater housing where the lens is.  These can typically be broken down into flat ports and dome ports.  Flat ports are used for macro and narrow angled lenses when shooting close up work.  These are very popular and integral for shooting marine life in natural history films.  Dome ports are used for wide angle lenses and the size of the port is normally 8 inches or wider.  This allows for wide angle lenses to shoot large scenes without distortion.  Higher quality glass and the correct port for the exact lens are important here to avoid barrel distortion and soft edges.  Professional shooters will be able to provide the best equipment combinations for specific shoots.



Lights Tools for Underwater FilmingThere is nothing worse for filming than the colour sapping effect of water.  The colour spectrum of water is adversely affected by depth which means that in as shallow of water as 10 ft (3 metres), the red spectrum is gone!  Once past 20 feet (7 metres or so) then everything pretty much appears blue/green.  In order to get true colour on the screen underwater lights are needed.  Lights come in many sizes and brightness, however, with the advent of LED technology over the years, quality lighting has become more affordable. When it comes to underwater lighting, it’s always best to have more. Modern lights have many power settings so even the brightest lights can be turned down.  For macro/close up work, not as much light is needed. However, for wide angle work, bright lights are needed to bring out the rich colours underwater.


Tripod Tools for Underwater FilmingAlthough many would not think of it for underwater, a tripod is a very useful tool.  The main use of a tripod is for static shots when using a narrow angled lens.  Keeping the camera still underwater is not easy as such effects of current, waves, and the act of breathing all create movement.  When shooting marine life an underwater tripod comes in very handy.  It can also be used for wider scenes such as capturing schools of fish moving over coral reefs.  There are also uses for tools such as sliders when capturing natural history behaviour.

A Checklist for Underwater Filming

A checklist is possibly the most important tool of all!  Unlike shooting on land, you can’t just grab a spare battery when underwater.  Housings are designed to be waterproofed and can’t be opened underwater. Therefore, a strict checklist should be reviewed before descending.  Check that focus works, check that all the dials work, take a test shot, make sure all lights turn on etc.  Some housings come with a vacuum seal, make sure that it’s functioning properly and do a leak check of the housing.  There is nothing worse than getting down to 30 feet underwater and finding out that you have forgotten to take off the lens cap!

The key between shooting on land and shooting underwater is all about being prepared. On land, you can change lenses, cards, or batteries on a whim.  However, underwater the key is being prepared ahead of time.  With the proper lead time and planning, this is not a problem.  Are you in need of underwater filming for a production in Indonesia? Please let us know your needs and we can explain the ins and outs of exactly what you need to attain your goals.



Indo Pacific Films – Production in Indonesia

Indo Pacific Films – Production and Support in Indonesia

Farmer in a Field Indo Pacific Films

Indo Pacific Films is a production company based in Bali, Indonesia.  We provide a range of product value from on site logistical support to creating an entire product from beginning to end.  With a team of imaging professionals experienced in a variety of genres, we can tackle almost every project. In order to understand what Indo Pacific Films can do for you, please peruse this short list of Frequently Asked Questions.

What Equipment Do You Use?

We use a variety of equipment throughout our productions. Our main camera is a RED Gemini 5K Ultra Hi Definition camera. This camera has the best lowlight capabilities of any camera on the market. RED cinema cameras are used in many industries throughout the world and are currently the main camera used by many of the top wildlife documentary teams.  Our main B camera is the Sony A7SII, a 4K camera with incredible low light abilities. We have a variety of lenses that can be used with this camera on land and underwater.  For still cameras, we use Nikon cameras and Nikon lenses both on land and underwater.

We also have a variety of audio and lighting equipment for both land and underwater use. Please contact us for a full list.

What Experience Do You Have Underwater?

Indo Pacific Films UnderwaterWe have been working in the photography and filming business for 20 years. Our first specialty lies in the underwater world.  We have thousands of dives under our belts with cameras in hand.  This long experience underwater allows us to be comfortable and confident underwater in all environments. This means that our underwater work is rock steady and professional. Clients looking for underwater imagery want steady and colourful work, the best way to achieve this is to work with professional underwater camera people.


What Clients Do You Work With?

We work with a variety of clients both large and small. From local businesses in Bali creating promotional films to production with clients such as the BBC. We can work as the B camera man on international productions or create a Conservation film from beginning to end. If you are looking to create a project from the ground up or simply looking for support for your team in Indonesia, contact us today.


Can You Source Filming Permits for Overseas Crews?

Yes, we work with a company here in Indonesia that specializes in logistical support. Do keep in mind that getting the proper legal permits can take time, please get in touch with us to discuss your needs.


Do You Offer Underwater Logistical Support?

Yes, we have a team of underwater specialist guides and safety divers.


We Need To Rent Equipment, Can You Provide It?

Indo Pacific HousingWe do have a limited amount of equipment for rent. Our main rental option is the RED Gemini 5K. We can also offer the full underwater equipment that is needed for this camera to film below the surface.  Please ask us for our rental pricing.

Where Can I See Your Work?

We have both a YouTube Channel and a Vimeo Channel.  Please click on the following links to watch a variety of work we have produced for our clients.

Sony Asia Pacific – Ocean Light

Sublue – Underwater Scooter

Citizen Watches – Manta Ray Research

Thresher Shark Project –  Thresher Sharks in Alor

Coral Triangle Center – One Island, One Management

Conservation International – Blue Carbon

Bali Hai Cruises – Dinner Cruise Promotion

Do You Provide Stock Imagery?

Yes, we have a library of thousands of photographs and hours worth of film. Our main library consists of underwater imagery. We also have a strong portfolio of landscape, aerial, and cultural imagery in our stock library.


Do You Have Drones?

We do have drones, however, special permits are needed in Indonesia for filming commercially with a drone. For commercial aerial production, we outsource this to a trusted and fully licensed pilot. Let us know if you would like aerial imagery in your production.

Contact Us Today

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