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NYUPS Meeting Tonight: Making a TV Show
By Joseph Tepper, August 15, 2016 @ 02:42 PM (EST)

If you’re an underwater photography in or around New York City, then there’s only one place to be tonight: The August meeting of the New York Underwater Photography Society.

NYUPS welcomes Todd Kelly, a cameraman who has about the coolest job in the world working on the popular program “Jonathan Bird’s Blue World.” Todd will share a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into producing an Emmy Award-winning television show.

Never been to an NYUPS meeting before? Let’s change that! All NYUPS meetings are free to attend and are a great place to meet and share a drink with other passionate NYC-based underwater photographers and divers. If you’re interested in attending tonight’s meeting, check out the announcement below.

What: August NYUPS Meeting – Making a TV Show

Where: Alpha Fusion Restaurant (365 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001)

When: Monday, August 15 (7–9 PM)


Working as a cameraman on an underwater television show might seem like a dream job—traveling to exotic locations, photographing the most desired marine animals, and watching your work “wow” millions of viewers each week.

Ok—so it is basically a dream job. But there’s also lots more going on behind the scenes to put together an Emmy-winning television program. Just ask Todd Kelly, a cameraman for the incredibly popular program “Jonathan Bird’s Blue World.”

The August meeting of NYUPS (TONIGHT, August 15th) will feature a presentation from Kelly titled “The Making of an Underwater Themed Television Show.” He’ll begin by showing off some of his best cinematography from a recent segment of “Jonathan Bird’s Blue World.”

Then, Todd will discuss the behind the scenes aspects that make the show possible.  Particular attention will be paid to what it takes to make a successful underwater show and reach a mass audience.  Challenges, equipment, pitfalls and markets will all be discussed as well as a Q&A session at the end.

As with all NYUPS events, the August meeting is free to attend and all are encouraged to come and share in the experience. We look forward to sharing some food, drinks and photography on August 15th.

About the Presenter:

Todd, a.k.a. “Camera Man Todd,” is an multiple Emmy Award-winning underwater cinematographer. He has been a part of the Blue World Team since 2009, serving as both cameraman and General Counsel.

Todd’s diving experience began in1979 in a lake in Pelham, New Hampshire. A few years later he received his open water certification at age twelve. He spent many years in the film and video industry writing software for use in special effects and film editing. He has worked with many Academy Award winning special effects houses and contributed software tools used in throughout the industry.



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