Wild Ocean is in an uplifting, giant screen cinema experience capturing one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles. Plunge into an underwater feeding frenzy, amidst the dolphins, sharks, whales, gannets, seals and billions of fish. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa, Wild Ocean is a timely documentary that celebrates the animals that now depend on us to survive and the efforts by the local people to protect this invaluable ecological resource. Hope is alive on the Wild Coast, where Africa meets the sea.

Length: 20:00 and 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2008
  • Date Released:
    March 2008
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 20-30, 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital
  • Distributor:

    Giant Screen Films

  • Produced By:
  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Don Kempf, Steve Kempf, David Marks
  • Director:  Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas
  • Cinematography: Reed Smoot (director of photography), D. J. Roller (underwater director of photography)
  • Sound Editor: 

    Brian Eimer, Mike Roberts, and J.R. Fountain

  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas
  • Editor: Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits: Theater support provided by the 3D Film Interest Group
  • Sponsors:


  • Documentary
  • Ecology
  • Nature
  • Oceanography



  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, October 2009. Wild Ocean was specifically recognized for its capture of complex 3D underwater footage in a treacherous and challenging geographical and marine environment. Negotiating a chaotic underwater ballet of sharks, dolphins, gannets, seals, and millions of sardines, the Wild Ocean production team successfully captured the elusive and frenzied animal behavior that brings the audience truly into the center of the action. Such footage is challenging to capture in 2D; to shoot this great migration in 3D is a notable first in wildlife filmmaking.
  • Film of the Year, Earthwatch Institute, March 2009.
  • Best Original Score, presented to Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), 2008.
  • Best Sound Design, presented to Brian Eimer, Mike Roberts, and J.R. Fountain, Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), 2008.

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