Experiencing Interruptions?

That's Strange... What's Happening Here?

There's lots of strangeness out in the sea. Funny things, not so funny things, and just a bunch of oddness. Putting them together into a quirky little film helps to highlight some of the head-scratchers out there.

  • Dennis Deavenport
  • Dennis Deavenport
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    "Names withheld at their request"
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  • Runtime:
    1 minute 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Indonesia, Philippines
  • Shooting Format:
    Video MP4
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Director Biography - Dennis Deavenport

Professionally, I am a retired research chemist. However, I have many interests and skills in the areas of art, music, and technology. It seems an odd combination but it works for me and I'm happy with this mixture. I started taking UW photographs almost from the beginning of my diving in the early 1990s. Most of my cameras have been Canon SLRs in Ikelite housings and using Ikelite strobes. Recently, after being seduced by video, I started trying video using my SLR but have also moved to GoPros and my newest Olympus E-M1 MK II in a Nauticam housing. This last combination is my current focus. I joined the Houston Underwater Photographic Society in 1997 and have served in a variety of roles including president, vice president, photo contest chairman, workshop coordinator, board member, and an occasional trip leader. I have won numerous HUPS annual photo contests and one annual photo contest at Captain Dons in Bonaire. I have been a member of the Texas Gulf Coast Council for years and have been awarded their Neptune award numerous times, the Lifetime Achievement award, and Member of the Year. Diving with cameras offers me the ability to test my creativity and to connect with other underwater photographers and videographers. Helping others gain or polish skills is also something I seriously enjoy. Teaching is an important role that I take very seriously.

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Director Statement

I suppose I should probably apologize to all of those serious filmmakers out in videoland. I seem to follow a crooked path in that regard. My favorite filmmakers are characters like Fellini, David Lynch, and Kurosawa and I admire the surrealists like Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst. I've dabbled in a lot of artsy stuff over the years and I keep coming back to the fringe. Too late to change now I suppose. To a large extent it's about seeing things that are not obvious, understanding the humor & oddness in what we see everyday, and wrestling with the process. I understand that I'm my own best audience and I guess that's OK. The one that I want to please most is me. If others get a kick out of my stuff, that's great.