THE MAN SWIMMING
AROUND THE WORLD

DOCUMENTARY

Many projects starts with a 'why not?' Even the most crazy ones... 

Nacho Dean is the first Spaniard, and the fifth person in history to have gone around the world walking.

After this, the question for Nacho was: “and now what?” So, he set up a new challenge for himself: join the five continents by swimming through the five straits that separates them. Why not?

TITLE: VICE Specials - The Man Swimming Around the World
MY ROLE: Director / Camera

TIME OF YOUR LIFE REQUIRED: 7 Min 30 Sec
KEYWORDS: #Swimming #Challenge #Sports #Gibraltar


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We joined Nacho on his favourite training place, the reservoir of Burgillo, 50km East from Madrid.

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WE USED A DRONE TO CAPTURE THE SCALE AND BEAUTY OF THE ENVIRONMENT

In the beautiful natural environment of the reservoir, we assisted to various training routines and found out who Nacho actually is, and what are the motivations behind his challenge.

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Nacho trained during one year by following an intensive physical preparation program both outside and inside the water. In total, he swom more than 2.500km in pools, lakes and open waters. 

A few months later, we followed Nacho on the day he crossed the Straits of Gibraltar, the first one of it's expedition.

Starting from the Island of Tarifa, Nacho planned to swim between 15 to 22 km due to the influence of strong currents that prevail in the Straits.

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One of biggest threat for Nacho is the intense marine traffic as an estimated 120.000 vessels transit the Strait of Gibraltar annually. That 330 a day.

For safety, the crossing is made with two boats. The biggest one, where we stood with our cameras, is the guide boat that serves as an orientation for the swimmer and provides all the necessary equipment for location and communication in order to avoid collisions. The support boat, is a rubber Zodiac type from where the swimmer's coach or caretaker follow Nacho. 

Sea sickness is a real problem when shooting on a boat. Specially as looking through the viewfinder of a camera only amplifies the symptoms.

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"A small disaster nearly occured when Marcos, our director of photography, had to land the drone on the tiny deck of the moving boat.

After various aborted attempts, the battery ran out and I had to catch the aircraft whilst airborne, injured my hand in the process, before it crash landed on the deck. Luckily it was undammaged."

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Shooting in the forest nearby the Burguillo Reservoir in the province of Ávila, Spain. (Photo: Mariona Colomé)

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Amazing scenery at the Burguillo reservoir.

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MARCOS AND HIS FOLDABLE LANDING PAD FOR THE DRONE.

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Filming Nacho's training routine, outside the water.

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Our skilled Zodiac pilot carfully follows Nacho swimming.

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Early morning breakfast and interview on D-Day, Tarifa, Spain.

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Suffering seasickness while filming the crossing in Gibraltar.

CREDITS

Client / Production
VICE

Directed by
JEAN-MARC JOSEPH

Production Manager
MARIONA COLOMÉ

Director of Photography / Drone   
MARCOS DE LUELMO

 

Editor 
CARLOS MARTÍN-PEÑASCO

Soundmix
MIQUEL MESTRES - ANGEL SOUND

Line Producer
MAR FONT 

Head of Video
SANTI AGUADO

Music
AUDIONETWORKS

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