Local Filmaker Recieves Emmy Nomination

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Underwater Cameraman Recognized for Ironman Production

Win or lose, it is a great honor to receive the nomination which is a reflection of the fantastic work that the entire crew puts forth. The race is always a thrilling event, and to play a part in the production is an honor in itself. And of course, underwater filming is always a labor of love for me.

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Local filmmaker and underwater cameraman, Craig Musburger, has been nominated for a national Emmy Award for his camerawork on the Ford Ironman World Championship. For the past two years Musburger has been the sole underwater videographer for the NBC Sports national telecast of the Kona race. His camera work on the 2009 race earned him, along with the other cameramen of the race, the award nomination. The award ceremony takes place in New York City on April 26, and honors individual achievements in sports television for the past year.

Said Musburger: “Win or lose, it is a great honor to receive the nomination which is a reflection of the fantastic work that the entire crew puts forth. The race is always a thrilling event, and to play a part in the production is an honor in itself. And of course, underwater filming is always a labor of love for me.”

Musburger, 35, is no stranger to the underwater world. A scuba diver since age 11, he has logged more than 5000 hours of dive time throughout the world. His production company, HD under H2O, has sustained him through grad school at UH where he is finishing his PhD in marine zoology.

About Craig Musburger

In nearly 25 years as a certified SCUBA diver Musburger has logged more than 5000 hours of dive time. He is a PADI divemaster and worked as a dive guide from 1996-1997 in Palau. His work as a cameraman and scientist has taken him on expeditions to the most remote corners of the world's oceans. Locations where he has dove include: American Samoa, Bonaire, Borneo, the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands, Guam, Hawaii (including the remote Northwest Hawaiian Islands), Indonesia, Johnston Atoll, the Line Islands, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, the Northern Marianas Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Phoenix Islands, Pohnpei, Thailand, Wake Atoll, Yap and more. No location is too remote, and no travel conditions are too arduous.

As a biologist Musburger has worked for NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Hawaii, the New England Aquarium, the Pacific Marine Resource Institute, the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, NRAS, the Palau International Coral Reef Center, the Nature Conservancy, the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, and more. He has a Master's Degree in Zoology from the University of Hawaii and is currently finishing his PhD in the same program where he is investigating the biogeography of coral reef fishes throughout the Pacific. His expertise in fish taxonomy and ecology improves his underwater filming by ensuring an intimate understanding of his subjects.

About HD under H20

HD under H2O is a Hawaii-based production company that specializes in underwater film and video production for both commercial and documentary projects, possessing an extensive stock footage library of underwater images from all over the Pacific. The company’s footage has aired on national outlets including NBC, ESPN, National Geographic, Spike TV, the Big 10 Network as well as numerous scientific and local media outlets. Their work has also been featured in commercials for K-Swiss and Real ID. For more information visit http://www.HDunderH2O.com .

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