Black Monday, November 28th, 2016 “Searching the Maya Underworld – Quest for the Earth’s Biggest Cave” was released on GoPro’s YouTube Channel.
The story concept was Brian’s brainchild, telling the story of our friend Robbie Schmittner’s explorations and goal of connecting the 3 largest underwater cave systems together, along with his passion for protecting those beautiful caves..
The project started in November 2015, when we joined Robbie for five days, documenting his explorations. That project resulted in the Exploring Xibalba video short. Upon seeing the footage, GoPro’s Media Production Team quickly decided to make the project a full production.
GOPRO: OFFICIAL TRAILER | SEARCHING THE MAYA UNDERWORLD
In May 2016 we spent 14 grueling days hiking, filming, diving, more hiking and more diving in an effort to produce a series of three fantastic episodes illustrating the cave explorations of the Vanilla Sky Cave Exploration Project, along with Robbie’s goal.
We had the privilege of working as the underwater camera operators with an incredible team, including a five person production crew from GoPro’s Media Production Team, underwater archeologist and National Geographic Explorer Guillermo de Anda, Jim Coke and Bil Phillips of the Quintana Roo Speleological Society (QRSS), our good friend Thorsten “Toddy” Waelde from the Vanilla Sky Cave Exploration Project, and of course, Robbie.
GOPRO: "PLACE OF FEAR" | SEARCHING THE MAYA UNDERWORLD | PART I
We captured some stunning footage to share and hopefully send an important message to all divers, residents and local politicians – that these fragile caves which lay underneath the Yucatan Peninsula need to be explored and protected. And if construction continues as it is, these wondrous caves will be gone forever, in a very short period of time.
GOPRO: "JUST BREATHE" | SEARCHING THE MAYA UNDERWORLD | PART II
This was a labor of love for all involved. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.
Look at our Vanilla Sky Project Page to follow the ongoing project.
We'd like to thank BigBlue Dive Lights for the immense support they provided us for this project.
GOPRO: "YAB YUM" | SEARCHING THE MAYA UNDERWORLD | PART III
GOPRO: MAKING OF SEARCHING THE MAYA UNDERWORLD