Underwater Filmmaking


This education module will help students of all ages learn about underwater filmmaking and being an ocean communicator. When you click on an image, the information will be on the right.

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Underwater Filmmaking Facts

Have some questions about underwater filmmaking? Learn some basic facts that will introduce you to this exciting field!


Enjoy a selection of videos on some tips and tricks for underwater filmmaking, whether you have a GoPro or DSLR. Click the 3-dot icon in the upper right of the video to see the full playlist.

Learn from the Experts

What goes on behind-the-scenes of GFOE’s video team at sea? What is it like filming on an ice breaker in the Arctic? What other resources are out there on how to get started as an underwater filmmaker? Check out these links and keep exploring!

Filmmaking Careers

Can working with wolves lead to a career in ocean filmmaking? What is it like working at sea? What career paths are there in underwater filmmaking? You can learn what it takes to bring the ocean to audiences around the world.

Think About It

  1. If you were an underwater filmmaker, what message would you convey through your film and why?
  2. How could your film positively influence others’ views toward the ocean?
  3. What technology and props could you use at home to make a film about the ocean?

You and Your Student

  • Design a scientific instrument that uses an underwater camera to do research. How does camera footage aid in gathering data? What impacts from the instrument on the natural environment may need to be mitigated? 

For Teachers

Material in this module aligns with the requirements of the following Next Generation Science Standard:

MS-ETS1-1 – Define the limitations of a design problem to ensure a successful solution
DCI ETS1A (Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem)

It also aligns with the following Ocean Literacy Principles:
6 – The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected
7 – The ocean is largely unexplored