The Superman

Featured on National Geographic.

"A lone freediver escapes to another world underwater where his impossible dreams become reality."

"The Superman" is a labour of love project for filmmakers Jack Pirie & Alex Hylands-White, made in collaboration with underwater photographers The Ocean Brothers and Bamford Watch Department. The short film follows diver Francisco Del Rosario, who lives on the remote island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands.

Directed by Jack Pirie & Alex Hylands-White -

Underwater Photography & Featuring Francisco Del Rosario (from "The Ocean Brothers")

Produced by Nick Ogden

Francisco once dived competitively, striving to see how deep he could go underwater. But he soon realized that isn't why he started diving. Now he does it for the clarity of mind, the inexplicable sensations, and to visit another world beneath the waves.

We filmed Francisco for five days in the Canary Islands, on a shoestring budget and a team of three - not without incident! First a dislocated shoulder that happened while diving, then our main camera broke when the dodgy underwater casing flooded the camera... Given the remote location another one had to be delivered by plane the next morning - the only replacement within 500 miles.

The hero "ray of light" shot on the rock was a magical idea from Francisco himself (also our underwater photographer). He discovered the spot from many years diving in the area, and was waiting for a chance to film it in all its glory. Needless to say, it came out beautifully.

Thanks for watching! - Jack & Alex

Prod co. halcyon & High Six Media

Made in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department

DOP - Will Billany

Underwater Photography - The Ocean Brothers

& Camera Operator Karsten Mohr @ Freediving El Hierro

Edited by Gabriel Britz @ Stitch LA

Sound Design & Mix - Jeff Malen @ Lime Studios

Colourist - Derek Hansen @ The Mill

Translation - Leyre Bastyr

Original Music composed by Alan Myson

Thanks to:

Francisco Del Rosario

Stitch LA

The Mill LA

Lime Studios

Camera Rental Canarias

George Bamford