Mermaids dive interns in Range Rover commercial Thailand

Lucky Land Rover with Mermaids Divers…

Lucky Land Rover with Mermaids Divers...

Lucky Land Rover with Mermaids Divers…

Written By Sonja Collyer – Mermaids Divers (Trip report)

Mermaids Divers assist with Land Rover TV Ad Thailand

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

STANDBY, ROLL TAPE, Aaaaand ACTION! Well, I never would have guessed that when I came to Thailand to become a PADI OWSI instructor I would in fact become an agent to the stars! Okay, okay so maybe I’m exaggerating a little! But, who would have thought that the Mermaids Divers (interns) would cast an all star appearance in a famous car manufacturer commercial. Here’s our Land Rover story………………….. It was an average late afternoon at the dive shop with most people pretty much finishing up for the day. Dusk was setting in, and we were preparing for the usual evening antics in our local bar. Just as I was making my way out the door, en route to join my fellow Mermaids Divers, I heard the voice of our surrogate mother Malai calling me. Standing next to her was Pakawan Ketsroi (Pim) from P. Independent Modeling, although I didn’t know this at the time. Pim explained she needed five male scuba divers to appear in an advert for a car, and asked if I could round some up for her. At this stage Pim only wanted to take photographs of the guys for a casting process. Pim told me that the commercial would be shot over a two day period, and gave me a rough idea of the plot. It sounded like it could be interesting so being far from anything but a shrinking violet I donned my “sexy man” radar, and proceeded with the hunt! Now I’ll apologize in advance guys, sorry! But, in all honesty it wasn’t exactly difficult getting you all hooked in, now was it! As soon as the words “modelling agency” were mentioned it was like a triton trigger fish bit you all in the rear of your shorties! And, so it began! I really thought nothing would come of it, and that it was all just a bit of fun playing agent for an evening, and watching the guys pose…embarrassingly! However, the next day when the boats got back, there was Pim with the list of newly selected stars!

Pim said the production house (Fast Time Productions Bangkok) now wanted to cast two women also. I grabbed four female dive interns (yes, we do exist here in the dive internship program!) and, they took to the shiny camera lights like fishes to water! Pim said she would be back the following day with the selection list of female extras, and asked if everyone could then be present to pose for an additional shot in full scuba gear. Now, for those of you that have never had to stand for a prolonged period of time in thirty degrees of heat in full scuba gear, imagine giving the heaviest person you know a piggy back whilst running round the block fifty times, and then posing for a picture in an extremely hot sauna. All this without sweating, and trying to look pretty! After I had finished mopping up the pools of sweat, and Pim had (thankfully) put her camera away, she went back to Bangkok explaining she would be in touch to let me know the particulars of the forthcoming shoot. After a couple of days went by I again thought nothing would transpire. Then on the 25th of November, like a reliable boomerang that just keeps coming back, there was Pim outside the dive center. This time she had come to ensure that we had all the necessary dive equipment, and cylinders needed for the two day period. We hired the bottles (Mermaids divers cylinders being in use) for the day from our friends at The Dive Site. So after an hour of running around double checking everyone would still be available, and all equipment would be in place, Pim returned to Bangkok .

After several telephone calls later that evening the time was arranged for us to meet at the dive shop. Much gratefully adjusted from 5am to 8am , with a few negotiations in between! Pim had explained that for the first day, the 27th, only two people were required. Daniel Bishop, and Kerstin Maile. Also, they wouldn’t need any dive equipment for this day. This was quite bemusing as I still really didn’t have a clear picture of what the two days would entail due to language barriers. Morning arrived, as did Pim, and we were soon on our way to a secret location in Chon Buri. After changing to a mini bus, and several stops at service stations to buy copious amounts of supplies we arrived at the set! Well, our jaws positively dragged along the floor! Believing it would be a “budget” Thai commercial for some sort of new truck you can imagine our surprise when we saw two shiny new Land Rover Freelanders, professional cameras and, abundant mobile homes! Land Rover and Mermaids divers continued … Page 2 …


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