We are excited to announce that Erik Rochner has been selected as CMG's second Filmmaker-In-Residence for 2016! Erik has worked all over the globe, on land, air, and sea, as a cinematographer and Virtual Reality (VR) producer for National Geographic, Nature, PBS, Environmental Defense Fund, and Explore.org. His Filmmaker-In-Residence project will utilize these skills as he embarks on a 3-5 minute, live-action virtual reality film about coastal Californi'a stunning kelp forests.
Kelp VR [working title] aims to contextualize the important role these forests plays in healthy marine ecosystems. While kelp forests are recognized as some of California’s most iconic dive sites, their role as climate change monitoring stations largely escapes public awareness. By featuring both topside and underwater 360 content, this film will provide a unique exploration of CA kelp forests and the life found within protected ecosystems such as the Hopkins Marine Reserve in Monterey. This immersive underwater experience will not only enable viewers to experience the rich marine biodiversity of kelp found off of Monterey and the Channels Islands, but will take a narrative approach to addressing why kelp is an important bioindicator to healthy oceans. Learn more about Erik and his project HERE and learn more about the Filmmaker-In-Residence program HERE.
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