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.
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