Zsolt Sasdi – underwater cameraman

I was born in Szombathely in March 1976 as the youngest son of a simple but all the more loving family. My father taught me to swim when I was very young, but in spite of the fact that I already felt completely safe in the water at that time, my interest in underwater life only extended as far as fishing and keenly awaited new editions of a TV nature program called Delta. I was a 15 year old teenager when I first saw the sea during an outing to Italy. This story would be a beautiful one, if I could say here that there was love at first sight between the sea and the boy from Szombathely.

However, since what I am trying to write now should be a real biography, I must confess that there were no blue waves and no colourful fish shoals at all. Around that particular area the sea looked more like Shrek’s swamp than anything else.

It wasn’t until the long awaited big encounter during a weekend in Croatia in 2003 that I finally fell into eternal love with the underwater world. For four days, from dawn to dusk, I did nothing else but lie on the water and gaze at the fish through some goggles. I only found out later that what I was doing was actually snorkelling, and that even in Hungary it was possible to complete a diving course. I knew then that I wanted to be a diver, and since then I have been devoting every free moment I have to this sport. I am a qualified NAUI instructor now.

Just like diving, film-making was completely unfamiliar territory for me at first. However, I quickly decided that I would not be satisfied if it was only me who saw the wonders of the undersea world. I want to share with the whole word what we experience down in the depths. After some nights spent at home looking at photos with the family, this approach seemed inadequate and I soon exchanged my camera for a camcorder. It quickly became clear that working with motion pictures is more my scene. At first I simply filmed everything that moved, but later I started to be able to find and develop a theme, and capture it properly as a moving image. My first camcorder was followed by a better one, later by a much better one, and then by the best. Of course, film-making is much rather a profession than a hobby, and I have always wanted to get as much training as possible so that I can make better and better films. In 2008 I graduated to HD filming and obtained a Sony PMW-EX3 XDcam, which is currently one of the highest quality professional video cameras that can be taken underwater. Since then I have made recordings and films for several TV channels and I have filmed above and below water in more than 40 countries. I have shot scenes and actions in oceans, seas, caves and wrecks, and have received prizes in many international film festivals as a fruit of my work. I hope many more follow these, as diving and my camera have grown together.

Zsolt Sasdi website

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