SwimSwam Film Fest: Ice Swim

I’m a swim film festival fan, and I love this short film, this short swimming video, Ice Swim, captured by Shoestring Productions.  

I am always on the lookout for great swim videos. If you have an interesting or beautiful swimming-related video and/or animated short,  please submit to Gold Medal Mel Stewart at swimswam to be featured. We appreciate all points of view on pools, lakes, rivers and oceans. Please include a little background on why you captured the video and the equipment you used (cameras, lens, editing software, etc.). Feel free to add your own story as well, 175 to 200 words works best.

From the producer:

The Ice Swim Africa is a unique, annual extreme swimming event at Nuwedam, Fraserburg, Northern Cape. 15 swimmers attempt to swim 1 mile in 5°C water. An additional 20-30 swimmers attempt to swim 600m.

Swimming in these temperatures is very dangerous if not life threatening. We wanted to really focus on the extremities and capture the essence of real endurance, as well as the very challenging mental mind set that goes into preparing and completing

Visually showing the extremities that the swimmers will be forced to deal with is a huge part of this film. If the viewer gets a true sense of just how cold and dangerous this challenge can be then I think the film has succeeded in captivation the viewer


Canon 5D MkII
Canon 7D
Canon 400D
16mm-35mm f2.8l Canon Lens
Hahnel remote shutter release
50mm Canon prime lense
70mm-200mm 2.8 Canon
17mm-55mm EF 2.8 Canon
Zoom H4N
On-board Rode Rifle mic
Steadi Cam

Director: Richard Wall
Producer: Richard Wall
Cameramen 1: Stephanus Rabie
Cameramen 2: James Puttick
Underwater Cameraman: Anthony Fox
Editor: Jaco Laubscher
Copy Writing: Graham Murray
VO: Graham Murray
Sound Technician: 
Final Mix: Street Level Studios

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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