Film & TV

When OTS first started participating in the trade show circuit, it became evident that potential customers wanted to hear and see underwater communications at work. This meant OTS would need a demonstration tape featuring divers talking underwater. After Michael Pelissier talked to Al Giddings, Howard Hall, and a few other film makers, the price of $1,000.00 a minute for a finished video tape was shocking. Knowing OTS had to have a show tape, Michael went out and bought a Hi-8 V99 Sony Camcorder, an underwater housing and lights and got busy. Experimenting with ways to put real-time audio into underwater video systems, Mike and Jerry found the end results to be studio quality sound that sent a shock wave to all producers and directors who had seen the demonstration tape.

The Emmy! —

In 1991, Michael, Jerry, and OTS were presented with a National Emmy Award for the impact underwater communications had on film making. The use of underwater communications allowed for talents to talk real time on camera and for film makers to seamlessly direct underwater. The Emmy award winning documentary “Expedition Earth,” starring Peter Benchly and Stan Waterman, was filmed at Cocos Island with underwater shooter Marty Snyderman and underwater sound shooter Michael Pelissier.

Today, OTS has made a name for itself in the television and film industry. It is not uncommon to turn on the television and see someone using an OTS Guardian Full Face Mask and OTS underwater communications.

For any needs regarding potential film or TV filming with OTS comms please consult an OTS sales representative for information.

View our Film & TV Products

Full Face Masks

OTS Guardian FFM

Interspiro Divator MKII

Mask/Communications Combo Packages

GRD-BUDS Guardian Mask w/ Buddy Phone

MKII-BUDS Interspiro Divator MKII w/ Buddy Phone

Hard Wire Communications (Recommended)

MK2-DCI 2 Diver Air Intercom

Comrope (4 Wire)

Earphone/Microphone Assemblies

Through-water Communication

Buddy Phone Transceiver – 1/2 Watt

Buddy Phone RX-100 Receive Only

Aquacom SSB-2010 Transceiver – 5 Watts

Aquacom SSB-2001B-2 Transceiver – 5 Watts (2 Channel, No Voice Menu)

SP-100D-2 Buddy Phone Surface Station – 1/2 Watt

CDK-6 Surface Conversion Kit

STX-101 Aquacom Surface Station – 5 Watts

Earphone/Microphone Assemblies (Required for SSB Diver Units)


VSB-2 Audio/Video Adaptor Patch Cable

RX-100-D-RO Buddy Phone Receive Only w/ Audio Out Patch Cable

Guardian Mask Accessory Rail System

Full Face Mask Protective Bag

2 Gas Manifold Switch Block

360 Degree Hose Swivel

Rechargeable Batteries


Here are a few of the shows OTS has worked with over the years.

  • Catching Hell

  • Bering Sea Gold

  • Bering Sea Gold – Under the Ice

  • Piranha 3D

  • Titanic

  • Sphere

  • Lethal Weapon 4

  • Deep Blue Sea

  • Hulk

  • Italian Job

  • Into The Blue

  • After The Sunset

  • The Aquatic

  • War of the Worlds

  • Shark Chasers

  • Mayan Underworld

  • Shark Week

  • Ax Men

  • Jaws 4

  • The Abyss

  • Pearl Harbor

  • Into The Deep

  • GI Jane

  • Speed II

  • Men of Honor

  • Tomorrow Never Dies

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Avalon

  • Animal Planet

  • 60 Minutes – Anderson Cooper

  • 48 Hours

  • Shark Men

  • Cities of the Underworld

  • Splash

  • Flipper

  • Island of the Shark

  • Expedition Earth

  • The Today Show

  • Sea Quest

  • Bay Watch Nights

  • National Geographic

  • Full House

  • Travel Channel