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UNDERWATER CINEMATOGRAPHER

WELCOME

Charles Maxwell is an underwater cinematographer living in Cape Town, South Africa.

He has been diving for over 40 years and therefore has an excellent knowledge of the South African marine environment as well as contacts in the documentary and scientific communities. Charles began his career in underwater filming in 1987 while assisting Swiss filmmaker, Gerald Favre with his production Le Souffle du Dragon,a story about the discovery and exploration of the world’s largest underground lake in Namibia. Since then he has worked with many production companies worldwide.

Working with the sea can be frustrating and sometimes dangerous but mostly rewarding. It is not all about tropical islands and warm water and sometimes involves spending many cold hours underwater often on your own. While Charles specializes in documentary films about sharks, whales, dolphins and the Cape fur seals that are abundant in the cold water near Cape Town where he lives, he spends a lot of time along the coast between Cape Town and Mozambique.

South Africa is one of the sharkiest coasts on earth

- Sir David Attenborough in his narration for the BBC's "Shark Coast"

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awards & productions

Charles was a 2002 Primetime Emmy Award winner in the category Outstanding Cinematography for work done for The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, produced by the BBC / Discovery Channel. In 2006 Charles filmed rays feeding on squid for the BBC’s Planet Earth: Shallow Seas.

Charles Maxwell is proud to have worked with the below companies:

  • The Blue Planet: Seas of Life – BBC / Discovery Channel – Emmy Award winner
  • Planet Earth: Shallow Seas – BBC / Discovery Channel
  • Supernatural: Time Warp – BBC Wildlife on One
  • White Shark, Deep Trouble – National Geographic Television
  • Sensitive Sharks – BBC Wildlife on One
  • Air Jaws – Discovery Channel
  • Smart Sharks: Roboshark – BBC / Discovery Channel
  • African Penguin: Cool Bird in a Hot Spot – BBC Wildlife on One
  • Das Grosse Fressen (Natal Sardine Run) – German Television
  • Sardine Festival – Discovery Channel – Award at the 29th Festival Mondial de Image Sous Marine, Antibes, France, 2002
  • Be the Creature – National Geographic Television
  • L’Oceanografic Aquarium – French Television
  • Shark Coast aka Oceans Apart – BBC Natural World
  • Massive Nature: The Deep – BBC Natural World – Winner of the Jules Verne Award de la meilleure realisation, 2005
  • John Lydon (Johnny Rotten): Shark Attack – Channel Five, UK.
  • Planet Carnivore: Oceans – National Geographic Television
  • The Deep Blue – Big screen version of The Blue Planet

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  • Table Mountain
  • Western Cape
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    charles@underwatervideo.co.za

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