Volcanoes of the Deep Sea takes the audience along with scientists aboard the submersible Alvin, as they plunge 12,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, to places of crushing pressure, extreme temperatures, and toxic water. They explore astounding volcanic habitats on the crest of the Mid-Ocean Ridge and investigate a mysterious living fossil that is decorating the deep with its strange, symmetrical imprint.

Length: 44:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2003
  • Date Released:
    September 2003
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70
  • Distributor:

    The Stephen Low Company

  • Produced By:
    Produced by Volcanic Ocean Films in collaboration with Rutgers University
  • Executive Producer: James Cameron, Alex Low
  • Producer: Alex Low, Pietro Serapiglia
  • Director:  Stephen Low
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Alex Low, Stephen Low
  • Cinematography: William Reeve
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Michel Cusson
  • Editor: James Lahti
  • Narrator: Ed Harris
  • Other Credits: Produced with major financial support from the National Science Foundation.
  • Sponsors:


  • Biology
  • Documentary
  • Geology
  • Oceanography



  • Grand Prize, Best Film of the Year, La Géode Film Festival, Paris, 2004
  • Kodak Vision Award, Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA), 2004
  • Special Achievement in Film to Stephen Low for his work on Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, Giant Screen Theater Association (GSTA), 2004
  • Honorable Mention for Educational Value, 6th Annual Montana CINE International Festival, Missoula, Montana, 2009
  • International Finalist, Marine and Earth Sciences, Blue Ocean Film Festival, Savannah, Georgia, 2009
  • Honorable Mention, Ocean Exploration and Adventure, Blue Ocean Film Festival, Savannah, Georgia, 2009
  • Honorable Mention, Marine Animal Behavior, Blue Ocean Film Festival, Savannah, Georgia, 2009
  • Best Scientific Exploration Film, The Explorers Club Documentary Film Festival, New York, NY, 2007
  • Scientific Literacy Achievement Award, Association for Biomedical Reasearch, 2005

Film Facts

Filmed in 15/70