Watervisions, founded in 1980, has been Canada's premier feature film underwater cinematography company since its inception. Its list of credits is extensive and includes the underwater scenes of "Jumanji", "Whale Music", "Free Willy III", "Intersection", "Magic in the Water" (winner of a Genie award for cinematography), "The Mermaid Chair", "Deeply", "The Great Gatsby", "Mercy", "Children of a Lesser God" , and TV series such as "Stargate Atlantis", " X-Files", "The L-Word", "Supernatrual", "Defying Gravity", "Due South", "The Guard", "Dark Angel " and Emmy nominated "Into the West" and "Traffic" and numerous commercials.
In 2003 Pauline walked the Hollywood Red Carpet, with Jamie Lee Curtis, Stockard Channing, Lily Tomlin and others at the Women in Film Cyrstal and Lucy Awards to accept the Kodak Vision Award for Cinematograpy , which is presented to a filmmaker for outstanding achievements in cinematography.
Early in 1997, Kodak, to promote their new film stock, selected Watervisions to film Giant Manta Rays in Hawaii. The result was so spectacular that it has now been shown in 47 countries.
Complementing its work on Canadian locations in the movie and TV industries, Watervisions has traveled extensively on documentary and feature film assignments - from the high Arctic to the nuclear gravesite of WW II wrecks at Bikini Atoll. These projects have been opportunities for additions to the new stock library and have provided Watervisions with the knowledge of a wide variety of pre-scouted locations.
In 1995 Watervisions won a BCMPA Leo Award for Cinematography and was a Finalist at the New York Film Festival, for the documentary "A Last Wild Salmon". A one hour film, it was shot almost exclusively underwater and produced in it's entirety by Watervisions.
Pauline Heaton, the president and driving force behind the company, is an award winning underwater cinematographer and IATSE 669's and 667's only Underwater Director of Photography.
Pauline was honored in 1996 at the 100th anniversary of Hollywood and counts among her many fans Haskell Wexler and such notable greats of underwater film as Stan Waterman. She has worked with various superstars, such as Sean Penn, Richard Gere, Robin Williams, Benjamin Bratt , William Hurt, Tom Selleck, Ellen Barkin, Sharon Stone, Kirsten Dunst, Mariel Heminigway, and directors of photography such as Vilmos Zsigmond and Russell Carpenter.
To complement the Watervisions team, the company employs a number of associates selected for their particular skills. The variety of their expertise covers all aspects of underwater film and has enabled the company to consistently meet the challenges of each new project.
A full service company, Watervisions, in addition to supplying underwater crews and consultants, operates manufacturing, rental and retail sales divisions.
Specialty equipment is available for rental, including: state of the art HD (high definition) underwater housings, underwater 1200 Watt HMI par lighting and film/digital video camera housings and splash boxes and a 17 foot portable ocean going Zodiac..
The Aqualight, invented and manufactured by Watervisions, utilizes "dome port technology" to completely eliminate hot spots. This revolutionized underwater lights, by boosting color saturation while giving the impression of natural lighting.The complete facility incorporates a machine shop, test/shooting tank, camera room, editing suite and production offices providing one stop shopping for crew, tank and equipment, resulting in cost saving packages.