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Paul Cater Deaton: Bio


Starting as a movie grip at the dawn of his career, Paul Cater Deaton has become an award-winning Writer, Producer, Director and Cinematographer. He is based in Galveston, and works all over the world.

PCD engages in productions ranging from commercials, music videos and documentaries to TV programs and full-length motion pictures. His work has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, BBC, MTV, CMT, HBO, VH1, ESPN, Fox, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, HBO Documentaries, The Amazing Race, Nickelodeon, Showtime, TV2 Caribbean, Austin Music Network, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Tri-Star, Veronica Broadcasting (The Netherlands), ARD German Television, Planete TV (Poland), Beatty Satellite (Saudi Arabia), Proxima (Bulgaria), Caribbean Broadcasting Union, the Travel Channel, DirecTV, Comedy Central, E! Entertainment TV, Bravo, Ocean in Google Earth, and at the United Nations.

Paul's work has garnered several industry accolades, including Best Music Video at the 2004 Austin Music Awards at SXSW, a Bronze Telly, Communicator Awards, Videographer Award, Aegis Award, numerous Gold and Silver Addy Awards, and an Addy Best in Show Video. His Showdown at Tiger Beach has been an official selection at several international film festivals, and won Best Documentary Short at two of them.

He was one of the original three filmmakers selected to produce for Ocean in Google Earth, producing pieces for the Red Sea, Mediterranean, Western Indian Ocean, Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, the Coral Triangle, and Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Sea focus areas.

Deaton is a member of the Television Academy, The Explorers Club, American Advertising Federation, Boston Sea Rovers, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago, and the Historical Diving Society. He was honored by Rotary International with a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004.

In addition to his Film/TV Production capabilities, PCD is a popular speaker and emcee, making appearances at international events. With Elena Kobrinski and Monica Gephart, he founded the Reef Renaissance Film Festival® in 2012. He is a NAUI SCUBA Instructor, TDI certified in Nitrox and Rebreather Diving, and was certified in Global Shark Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation by Cornell University and the University of Queensland, Australia.

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Wild Honduras with Nigel Marven
Animal Planet (UK)
Underwater Cinematographer

Wine Diving in Croatia
Travel Documentary

Risky Drinking
HBO Documentary
Director of Photography/Fixer

The Amazing Race - Season 25 Premiere
CBS Television
Principal Underwater Cinematographer

SCUBA Endurance World Record Attempt
Discovery Channel "Daily Planet" Program
Field Producer/Director/Director of Photography

"Bout Summertime"
Music Video for Jimmy Charles

"Apache Star" Speedboat Run
Key West - Havana World Record

Showdown at Tiger Beach
Tiger Shark Documentary
Writer/Producer/Director/Underwater Cinematographer
Best Documentary Short - Texas Ultimate Shorts Film Festival
Best Documentary Short - Martinique International Film Festival
Official Selection - Ten International Film Festivals

Cruise Ship Naturalist with Nigel Marven
Animal Planet (UK)
Director of Photography/Fixer

Jonathan Bird's Blue World "Invasives" Episode
PBS Series (Season 4, Episode 11)
Underwater Cinematographer/Fixer

The Reichhold Center for the Arts
35th Anniversary Show of Support Telethon
Two-hour Variety Show

The Last Hurrah
Documenting the Final Dive of Legendary
Underwater Filmmaker Stan Waterman

Secrets of the Psychedelic Reef
Documentary on Coral Fluorescence

The Beast is Dead
Shark Conservation Short Film
Producer/Director: Leandro Blanco
Narrator: Paul Cater Deaton

Discover Your Caribbean
Unspoiled Dominica
Caribbean Passions
American Airlines Aadvantage Milestones
Associate Producer/Fixer/Underwater Camera

It Takes a Village to Save a Reef
Shedd Aquarium Wild Reef inspired by Apo Island
Coral Triangle - A Fragile Treasure
Invasion of the Lionfish
Bonaire Amends Legislation to Fight Lionfish
The Cleaning Station - Car Wash of the Deep
Florida Mobilizes to Combat Lionfish
Stinging Cauliflower - Caribbean's Largest Jellyfish
Belize Marine Industry Responds to Lionfish
Protecting the Reefs of Bonaire
Red Sea Shipwrecks
Ras Mohammed Marine Park in the Egyptian Red Sea
Nudibranchs - Colorful and Fascinating
Pelagic Tunicates Roam the World's Oceans
Marine-related content for Ocean in Google Earth

Lionfish, The Beautiful Outlaw
Marine Nature Documentary (Aired on PBS)

Dumaguete 5X5
Adventure Travel Documentary, Philippines Expedition 2009

Night Train to Cairo
Adventure Travel Documentary

Inside the St. John Blues Festival (2009)
Multi-Camera Director

Southbound Adventures
Travel Pilot Episode

Music Video
Gold Addy Award
Donald Plantz Award for Video Production Best in Show

Egypt - Karnak to Coral Reef
Adventure Travel Documentary
Bronze Telly Award
Broadcast in Poland, Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia

Sol D'el Caribe
Music Video
Best Music Video, 2004 Austin Music Awards/SXSW

Bilikiki Diary - Diving The Slot
Adventure Travel Documentary

Bilikiki Solomon Islands Dive Cruises
Promotional DVD
Addy Award for Cinematography

With Respects: RMS Rhone
Travel Documentary

60-minute History/Architecture Program for TV2 Caribbean

Talk 2
60-minute Issues Talk Show for TV2 Caribbean

Austin Music Network
Live Music Broadcasts
Senior Director

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic 2000
Camera Operator

Dalai Lama at Austin Special Events Center 2005
Camera Operator

MTV Reality Series
Production Staff

Travel Channel Series
Underwater Camera


Sony AX100 4K Cameras (2)
Sony EX1 High Def Camera
Gates Underwater Housing for AX100
Deep Blue, and Amphibico Underwater Lighting Systems
Sola Nightsea Fluorescent Underwater Lighting System
GoPro Hero3 High Def Camera w/Underwater Housing & Mounting Hardware
Manfrotto Tripods, Various Zoom & Prime Lenses, Matte Box with Polarizer, Grad Filters
Cobracrane (Floor to 12')
Collapsible Skate Dolly
Film City Camera Cage/Matte Box/Shoulder Rig

Lilliput 7” HDMI Field Monitor
Sennheiser Evolution Series Wireless Mics (2)

Sennheiser Shotgun Mic with Pole, Windscreen & Shock Mount
Lowel 1k DP Light, with Stands and Barndoors
Collapsible Soft Box for Lowel DP
Lowel Omni with Stands and Barndoors (2)
Lowel Tota with Umbrella and Stand (2)
12'X12' Overhead with Net
C-StandsFlex-Fill Reflectors (2) and 18"x24" Flag Set
Misc. Grip, Electrical, Rigging and Expendables (Gaff Tape, Gels, etc.)

The Edit Suite is Final Cut Studio X Pro HD.

The gear package is quite compact, and was assembled expressly for travel and limited space. Perfect for international, island-hopping, and remote shoots.