Swimming In The Shallows is the most recent production staged by Ohio University’s Division of Theater. This script focuses on love and relationship dynamics in the modern world. A focal point of the production was the use of Projections for many scenes. In the context of the play love even exists between a man and a mako shark. Several scenes take place in an aquarium, which is where the kindling of love between man and shark begins. As the Projection Designer and Director of Photography my biggest challenge was conveying the Aquarium and The Shark character in a realistic way.
Using Create Space’s GoPro Hero 3 I was able to capture the footage I needed to convey The Shark (played by actor Alex Nicosia) who is both on screen and on stage. Filming took place in a rock quarry located in Circleville, OH. I chose to film here because the murkiness and visibility of the water provided a realistic aesthetic for an aquarium setting and there were live fish swimming around my subject.
*Production Still Credit goes to Pace Photographer Leiby