In a 400sqft undersea laboratory off the coast of the Florida Keys, Fabien Cousteau is making history.
With eight other Aquanauts—and a squad of scientists, technicians, and celebrities assisting from the surface—Fabien has taken up residence 63 feet underwater in marine lab Aquarius. From this reef-side station Mission 31 will attempt to expand our understanding of the world's oceans and how we can preserve them.
Veteran cameraman Tom Hamilton—along with fellow cameramen Kip Evans and Matt Ferraro, DP—is chronicling the Aquanauts' record-breaking 31-day experiment. Tom is shooting for Fabien's full-length documentary of the mission using EPIC DRAGON #234, "Red Sea," housed in an Amphibico Rouge underwater enclosure. He describes the time limitations in creating Fabien's documentary in an environment with three atmospheres of pressure:
"Bottom time is short due to decompression limits, I can only stay in the habitat for a maximum of 45 minutes before ascending to the surface"
The limited dive time presents a challenge for the cameramen, but the EPIC DRAGON's compact design and solid-state drives gives Tom a critical leg up.
"Due to the pressure of three atmospheres, spinning drives destroy themselves within a very short time. The small form factor makes it an ideal camera for underwater housings."
While his time below the surface is limited, the 6K RED DRAGON sensor allows Tom to make every moment count through its ability to capture highly detailed images in even the harshest of lighting conditions.
"The continual upgrade of not only sensor technology but color science as well, keeps me well abreast of demands being made."
RED looks forward to the final footage chronicling the Mission 31 team's epic adventure on the ocean floor. To watch the aquanauts in action and for more information on Mission 31, visit the Mission 31 website.