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Cubic Foot of Reef

Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea, French Polynesia

Filmed/edited for: National Geographic Magazine (published Feb 2010)
Producer: David Liittschwager (Natl Geo photographer)
Location: Moorea, French Polynesia
Featured: video supplement on National Geographic Magazine website (see Moorea section)
How much biodiversity lives in a cubic foot? That is the question National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager set out to answer on his One Cubic Foot project. He travels to Moorea, a small island in French Polynesia, to study and photograph the diversity in a cubic foot of coral reef, working alongside world class geneticists from the Smithsonian Institution’s Biocode Project. Exquisitely colored reef fishes, fantastic crabs and squat lobsters, tiny snails, marine worms, a tiny transparent octopus- the list is nearly endless of what is found in this one cubic foot. (2010, 2:15 min)

 

Have Music, Will Travel: Singapore

For PBS (Montana)

For PBS (Montana)

Produced for: Montana State University (in collaboration with PBS)
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam; Bangkok & Phuket, Thailand; Singapore
Montana State University’s student orchestra travel far from the rural mountains and prairie of Montana to play with fellow students in Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. Sharing a common love of music, the students learn an incredible amount from their new friends, and give back what they can- music, instruments, and friendship. (2009, 20 min)
“Thanks for your beautiful work!  Azusa and I loved what you did and appreciate your expressive and detailed work!!…Thanks Stephani, for everything! “ Shuichi Komiyama, MSU Symphony Orchestra, Music Director/Conductor.

 

Have Music, Will Travel: Thailand

For PBS (Montana)

For PBS (Montana)

Produced for: Montana State University (in collaboration with PBS)
Location: Bangkok & Phuket, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Singapore
Montana State University’s student orchestra travel far from the rural mountains and prairie of Montana to play with fellow students in Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. Sharing a common love of music, the students learn an incredible amount from their new friends, and give back what they can- music, instruments, and friendship. (2009, 20 min)
“Thanks for your beautiful work!  Azusa and I loved what you did and appreciate your expressive and detailed work!!…Thanks Stephani, for everything! “ Shuichi Komiyama, MSU Symphony Orchestra, Music Director/Conductor.

 

Have Music, Will Travel: Vietnam

For PBS (Montana)

For PBS (Montana)

Produced for: Montana State University (in collaboration with PBS)
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam; Bangkok & Phuket, Thailand; Singapore
Montana State University’s student orchestra travel far from the rural mountains and prairie of Montana to play with fellow students in Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. Sharing a common love of music, the students learn an incredible amount from their new friends, and give back what they can- music, instruments, and friendship. (2009, 20 min)
“Thanks for your beautiful work!  Azusa and I loved what you did and appreciate your expressive and detailed work!!…Thanks Stephani, for everything! “ Shuichi Komiyama, MSU Symphony Orchestra, Music Director/Conductor.

 

Hidden Hawaii

America’s Wild Spaces

America’s Wild Spaces

Filmed for: National Geographic Channel Hidden Hawaii
Location: French Frigate Shoals, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Freelance filming of Acropora corals at the request of National Geographic for Hidden Hawaii.

 

Lost on a Reef

Exploring Shipwrecks in the Most Remote Archipelago on Earth

Exploring Shipwrecks in the Most Remote Archipelago on Earth

Produced for: NOAA, Papahānuamokuākea Marine Natl Monument
Producer: Kelly Gleason, PhD (PMNM)
Location: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (the entire chain)
Awards: Silver Telly Award (2010), John Wesley Powell Prize (2011)
Official Selection: BLUE Ocean Film Festival, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, Alaska Ocean Film Festival, Swansea Bay Intl Film Festival (Wales), Heart of England Intl Film Festival (England), Fest Intl du Film Maritime Exploration et d’Environment (France), Globians Doc Fest (Germany), Beijing Intl Movie Festival (China), Intl Film Festival South Africa (South Africa), Intl Film Festival Thailand (Thailand)
Played: Mokupāpapa Discovery Center (NOAA), Hilo HI
Lost on a Reef was filmed in the beautiful, remote stretch of reefs 1000 miles northwest of Honolulu, and tells the story of six marine archeologists searching for shipwrecks in a place known more for its glorious coral reefs than the ghosts of ships past. The ships that came to grief on these reefs include everything from 19th century whaling ships to WWII sidewheel steamers. The wrecks are in a rare pristine state by virtue of being so remote, and most have lain there undiscovered for centuries. (2010, 16:30 min)
“You know I think the world of you as a person, but as a filmmaker- you totally take my breath away. Thanks for being you and for giving us all so much on this expedition!” Kelly Gleason, Ph.D., Maritime Archaeologist, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Executive Producer for Lost on a Reef.

 

Make it Pono

International Year of the Reef (2008)

International Year of the Reef (2008)

Produced for: NOAA, Papahānuamokuākea Marine Natl Monument
Producer: Andy Collins (PMNM)
Location: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Local educators and cultural practitioners from islands across the Pacific embark on an expedition to one of the largest marine reserves in the world. During the voyage they learn from remote islands, vibrant reefs, and most of all- form a strong human connection. (2010, 20 minutes)
“Wow…wow.  It made me cry.  You are really good at this.  I think you have found your calling. Once I recover from emotion overload I’ll send you some comments…On the whole it is spectacular.” Andy Collins, Education & Technology Coordinator, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Executive Producer for Make it Pono.

 

Mariana Trench

Marine Natl Monuments Outreach Film

Outreach film for the Marine National Monuments newly created in the Pacific: Rose Atoll MNM, Marianas Trench MNM, and Pacific Remote Islands MNM.
Current Project is in progress- in field production phase.

 

Palmyra, Kingman, Jarvis

Marine Natl Monuments- Outreach Film

Marine Natl Monuments- Outreach Film

Outreach film for the Marine National Monuments newly created in the Pacific: Rose Atoll MNM, Marianas Trench MNM, and Pacific Remote Islands MNM.
Current Project- in field production phase. Filmed in the US Line Islands- Palmyra, Kingman, and Jarvis- on a research expedition in May 2012.

 

Rising Tide

Hawaii Parks in Peril

Hawaii Parks in Peril

Produced for: National Park Service
Location: Hawai’i (Big Island, Oahu, Molokai)
Award
: Golden Kahuna Award (2008)- Honolulu Intl Film Festival
Official Selection: BLUE Ocean Film Festival, American Conservation Film Festival, Honolulu International Film Festival; selected to be part of 24-hrs of Climate Reality: The Dirty Weather Report (producer Al Gore)
Played at: Hawai’i Volcano’s National Park Visitor’s Center
Aired: Life on Terra (MT-PBS), 2010
Coastal ecosystems in the Hawaiian Islands are being squeezed between urban development and rising sea level- a direct effect of global climate change. How will the coral reefs, monk seals, native plants, and honeycreepers of Hawai’i deal with climate change? Local researchers working in the island chain’s stunning national parks tell us their concerns for wildlife, key habitats, and cultural resources. (2008, 13 minutes)
“Stephani Gordon gives us proof positive that what we do with our lives, wherever we are in the world, affects the rest of the planet, no matter how remote. Exquisitely shot in Hawai’i, Rising Tide is a cautionary tale for all of us about how even the native wildlife of the islands reacts to human activity.” Ronald Tobias, Supervising Producer for Rising Tide, Founder & Professor, Science & Natural History Filmmaking Program, Montana State University.

 

Rose Atoll

Marine Natl Monuments Outreach Film

Marine Natl Monuments Outreach Film

Outreach film for the Marine National Monuments newly created in the Pacific: Rose Atoll MNM, Marianas Trench MNM, and Pacific Remote Islands MNM.
Current Project is in progress- in field production phase.

 

Search for Amelia

Waitt Institute of Discovery

Waitt Institute of Discovery

Filmed for: Waitt Institute of Discovery & Woodshole Oceanographic Institute
Produced and Edited by Liz Smith, WID
Location: US Phoenix Islands (open ocean near Howland Isl)
A Waitt Institute of Discovery project. Filmed and field produced for 20+ webshorts during a 2 month expedition on the open ocean near the Phoenix Islands in search of Amelia Earhart’s Electra.
“After spending seven weeks at sea floating in the middle of the Pacific aboard a working oceanographic vessel, I can confidently say that Stephani is well suited for her passion of making science and marine films. She has an inquiring mind, a keen sense of emotional and visual detail that is the base of all good storytelling. In addition, she is technologically savvy, courageous in the water, and easy to get along with. What more could you want from a marine filmmaker?” Ian Kellett, Director Of Photography, IK Productions.

 

Two Brothers Shipwreck

19th Century Shipwreck

19th Century Shipwreck

Filmed for: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Producer: Kelly Gleason
Location: French Frigate Shoals, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and Nantucket, Massachusetts
Notes: current project, in progress. Field production has been completed and the film is in post-production.
Film and short videos about the Two Brothers, a 19th Century Nantucket whaleship wrecked on French Frigate Shoals that was recently rediscovered by NOAA maritime archaeologists.