As a child, Perrin James Franta was an adventurer. Growing up in Pompano Beach, Florida, Perrin would rally up his friends and search in between mangrove roots, get lost in the Everglades, explore tide pools, and of course, swim the warm Atlantic Ocean. As an adult, adventure is a theme that’s deeply rooted in his popular travel-documentary style films.
In 2010, Perrin first got his hands on a simple water-capable point-and-shoot camera.
“I wanted to take pictures of what I saw underwater and share that with my friends so they could experience it too.” Continually progressing and improving his breath-hold abilities, Perrin progressively snapped photos with a bit more creativity and discovered the art behind underwater photography.
Perrin’s first job in film production was with a group of graduate students from the University of Miami, on an independent filmed titled, El Empantendando. Perrin’s role was to capture all the underwater footage for the film. “After that project, all of my energy and focus turned to capturing freediving and spearfishing on video.”
From there, Perrin began his global travels, diving in Central America, throughout the Caribbean, to New Zealand, even as far as Ascension Island. On his trips he’s had a variety of filming opportunities including spearfishing and lifestyle promotion for Salt Life, company advertisements for Freewater Footwear, Hydroflask, Headhunter, Florida Freedivers, OMER, and Wingman (others), travel documentaries for Palapas Ventana, Speafish Panama, Tole More, Cameron Kirkconnell, and private client photo shoots. Exploring, meeting, and sharing different cultures inspire him. Capturing different lifestyles and sharing how those cultures view and treat the sea, motivates the themes of his films.
Perrin started developing Last Breath Film in 2011. Building the company up, lens by lens, Last Breath Film has grown into a respected underwater production source and has been involved in a vast variety of projects including educational films, advertising campaigns and commercials, travel documentaries and individual projects.
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