A new angle on underwater videography has been realised by Jack
McCoy who filmed stunning sequences of surfer from inside the waves,
tracking them with the German made ultra fast sea scooter called the
Music legend Paul McCartney was so impressed, he recruited
award-winning surf filmmaker Jack McCoy to create a music video for his
previously unreleased track "Blue Sway." Written nearly 20 years
ago, McCartney's never-before released song, "Blue Sway," will be
available for the first time on the bonus audio disc of the special
edition of McCartney II. The music video created by McCoy will
also be featured on the bonus DVD included in the set. McCartney II
will be released on June 14th by MPL and Concord Music Group.
Jack McCoy has been capturing the
surfing vision in a truly unique
way. Using the high powered SEABOB, the filmmaker found that he
was able to travel behind a wave, creating underwater images that have
never been seen before. "About two and a half years ago I
was introduced to this high speed scooter and immediately started to
develop it into a tool that would allow me to capture the underwater
world I've been watching myself for years. Now I'm free to not only
track the action, but get to places underwater quicker and show things
I've never been able to film in the past."
Being able to travel up to approximately 10 miles underwater,
McCoy's HD camera is mounted to the top of the scooter and is designed
to be able to tilt up or down, as well as spin 360 degrees, to allow
him to film extraordinary angles.
Over the past couple of years, McCoy set out to capture footage for
his surf film, A Deeper Shade of Blue, which opens this June at the
Maui Film Festival. During the editing process, McCoy put one of
his surfing sequences to a song off McCartney's The Fireman
album. A mutual friend, Chris Thomas, saw the footage while
visiting McCoy in Australia, and when he returned to the UK he gave
McCartney a copy of the sequence.
"Paul was pretty stoked with what
I'd created. He immediately
thought my images might be suitable to go with his unreleased song
"Blue Sway" and asked if I would like to have a listen. When I heard
it, I started dancing around the room because I could imagine editing
my shots to the song," said McCoy.
McCoy spent the next six weeks creating the music video, while also
working full days on making A Deeper Shade of Blue. McCoy
compiled and edited footage that he filmed off Tahiti's Teahupoo reef
to create what became the "Blue Sway" video. The final result was
"When I saw Jack McCoy's underwater surfing footage put to the
soundtrack of "Blue Sway" I was blown away," said McCartney.
"Blue Sway" won 'Best Music Video' at NYC BE FILM Short Festival this
past May, and the video will be featured as part of Surfrider
Foundation's summer PSA campaign. Surfrider Foundation is a
non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and
enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches.