DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Sophie Ansel is a storyteller and adventurer, delivering stories through the medium of film, journalism, novels, radio and documentaries. She has a deep love for exploring different cultures and defines herself as a human rights and environmentalist advocate. Her many experiences in places all over the world have led her to discover values of courage, solidarity and nobleness in people deprived of power and of voice, yet armed with an incredible resilience and will to survive.
Sophie has investigated issues such as human trafficking and slavery in South East Asia and was one of the first journalists to campaign and denounce the genocide of the Rohingya in Burma within French media coverage. To denounce the atrocities of human trafficking and boat slavery, authority corruption and human rights violations against refugees, Sophie wrote graphic novel ‘Burmese Moons’, which will be released in 2019.
She has also written ‘First They Erased Our Name’, the biography of Rohingya Habib and an exploration of the genocide taking place against the Rohingya people, who she followed for six years from Burma to the detention centres of Australia. The book was released in France in 2018 and will be translated and available in US, Australia and UK in 2019. Sophie has also written ‘Forbidden Tears’ (original title ‘Les Larmes interdites’), the true story of a 4-year-old girl forced into resilience during the Pol Pot genocide. Sophie also wrote graphic novel ‘Burmese Moons’, which will be released in English in 2017.
After living and traveling in South East Asia for five years from 2001, Sophie birthed a great concern for the environment as a result of seeing the destructive activities of humans on the natural landscape as she explored oceans and tropical rainforest.‘I always believe I’m part of the population who has a power that the majority of people do not: I have a voice and I’d like to use it well. I want to give a voice to the voiceless.’
Sophie’s heart for human rights led to her desire to be as equally involved with the movement that aims to give a voice to nature, animals and the planet. In 2013 after time in Indonesia’s waters to qualify as a professional diver, Sophie joined several missions with Underwater EArth to document the state of the ocean. She also worked for Ocean71 magazine following the work of scientists in American Samoa.
After directing TV reports for the French National Television in Indonesia, Burma, Cambodia and Thailand, Sophie co- produced with Seaview 360 a series of 5 films for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in 2015 before working on the ‘Chasing Coral’ (Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2017) American film production in 2016 as a camera operator. She produced another film in Monaco with Seaview 360 before being selected to join the program VR FOR GOOD, launched by Oculus.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Christophe is a cinematographer and photographer and is Co-Founder of Underwater Earth ( the australian organization that is behind Catlin Seaview Survey, The Google Street view Oceans and the original australian project The Ocean Agency that ceased in 2017 ) . Underwater Earth is an innovative Not-For-Profit based in Australia that specializes in technology- driven disruptive ideas. Seaview 360, set-up by Underwater EArth in response to the growing need for virtual reality 360 content, has quickly become a pioneer in underwater 360-degree content production.
Christophe co-invented the revolutionary SVII camera - a camera that takes underwater 360-degree panoramic images for both Google Street View and scientific monitoring purposes. The invention was claimed by Time Magazine to be one of the top 100 new scientific discoveries in 2015.
As a VR Cinematographer, Christophe worked on Chasing Coral: TheVR Experience. This film is selected at the Sundance New Frontier 2017 competition, and is coupled with the US documentary competition feature film Chasing Coral by Academy-award winning film director Jeff Orlowski.
Christophe was Director of Photography for Out of the Blue, a VR film directed by Sophie Ansel, produced by Oculus and part of the Sundance 2017 program.
Christophe directed and produced Monaco 360, a series of VR films for the Monaco Tourism Authority.
He directed and was the Cinematographer on ImmerSeave 360°, a VR film following HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco during a remote expedition in the Philippines on the conservation of endangeredTurtles population.
Christophe’s work has been featured in CNN, NBC, BBC, National Geographic,TIME and many others. His 360 VR films and photos have been exhibited in prestigious museums worldwide, including the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the Natural History Museum, London.
Andrey Shushkov is famous for his film ‘The Invention Of Love’. He creates animation using silhouette figures and scenery.Andrey’s work is similar to stop motion technique and are reminiscent of ancient storytelling shadow play shows in South East Asia.
OUT OF THE BLUE CREW
Film Director SOPHIE ANSEL
Mentor YELENA RACHITSKY
Oceanographer & Narrator SYLVIA EARLE
Conservationist, mother and Narrator: JUDITH CASTRO LUCERO
Executive Producer LAUREN BURMASTER
Producers AMY SEIDENWURM , PAULA CUNEO, JOANNE SPRAGUE, SOPHIE ANSEL
Associate Producers SHELLY MCGEE, JERóNIMO PéREZ CORREA, RODOLFO RODRIGUEZ
Mentor: YELENA RACHITSKY
Script SOPHIE ANSEL
Director of Photography CHRISTOPHE BAILHACHE
Stereographer MARCELLO ALTIERI
Underwater Cameraman CHRISTOPHE BAILHACHE
Camera Operators CHRISTOPHE BAILHACHE, MARCELLO ALTIERI , SOPHIE ANSEL
Digital Imaging Technician MARCELLO ALTIERI
Animation SPINIFEX GROUP HONG KONG
Storyboard SOPHIE ANSEL
Illustrator ANDREY SHUSHKOV
Animation by Spinifex
Animation Producer JEROME DE BAECQUE (SPINIFEX)
Animation Creative Director ROGER TIMMERMANN (SPINIFEX)
Animators ZINAN ZHANG, WENQUAN PAN , MOON CHAN (SPINIFEX)
Drone pilots ARTURO CRUZ , BEN ALVAREZ (TERRASAT)
JUDITH CASTRO LUCERO
YERICK VALLESILLO CASTRO
DULCE CASTRO ACUÑA
MANUEL CASTRO LUCERO (MILO)
Editor NICK VARLEY (PANEDIA)
Sound Designer OTAVIO BERTOLO
Music by PHILIP SHEPPARD, CHESNEY HAWKES, SAM WEDGWOOD, GARETH JOHNSON, SUE VERRAN, PHILIP GUYLER (PUBLISHED BY AUDIO NETWORK LIMITED)
Post Production by REEL FX
Executive Producer: TAYLOR WILLIAMS
Producer : LEIGH MERGEHENN
Production Manager: JULIA GIBSON
Director of Social Good Marketing: TIFFANY KIERAN
Lead Stitching Artist : MATT STOCKS
360 Technical Directors: RYAN HARTSELL AND DYLAN ROGERS
Audio Engineer: TJ CALLAWAY
Audio Technical Director : FRANK SALAZAR
Special thanks to: Nisha Coleman and Juliette Rodrigues for their help in reviewing the script.
and more ( to be added soon)