For The Sea Productions was created by independent award-winning filmmaker and presenter Ziggy Livnat, MFA. We offer video and photos that we hope will engage, entertain, and raise awareness of the critical need for conservation of our planet’s largest ecosystem – the oceans.
I recently found this SKY News segment about my ambitious project that was aired in Europe and the Middle East in December 1997.
Back then I was working for Friends of the Earth Middle East as well as the Director of Sea Studies in the Arava Elementary School. I came up with this marine conservation/educational project idea to make it clear to students that corals are alive.
I raised the funds and escorted the pilot year. The project started as a collaboration with the Underwater Observatory in Eilat that since then continued with it as their main conservation effort. We started with 40 fifth grade students from the Arava Elementary School in Eilat, twenty years later more then 600 students from a variety of schools are involved annually.
The Israeli Ministry of Education recognized the project with a Special Educational Achievement Award a few years back. ... See MoreSee Less
I usually tell the story of the smaller animals in my underwater films, this time I went BIG.
In the last 50 years alone, we demolished more than 90% of sharks population world-wide. We seem to still not understand that killing the sharks is killing our oceans.
I had to go and meet these animals in person before they are no more. I was already working in Fiji, so I traveled to Beqa Lagoon where the locals hand feed the sharks.
I’m not a fan of feeding, but it’s better than killing them. It was such an adrenalin rush, being face to face with sharks, in a way that could never happen otherwise. I know that sharks don’t eat people and I already approach every animal with the utmost respect, especially when they are 2-3 times my size, so I went diving without a cage or any protection.
I found myself surrounded by 12ft Bull sharks and even got a kiss from a 16ft female Tiger shark…. Twice.
These animals are not stupid fish nor aimless killing machines as we like to think. in fact , they are very smart and graceful. ... See MoreSee Less
For The Sea contributed to the recent TEDx event with a plastic PSA and an underwater projection on a giant Jellyfish. I have the pleasure of collaborating with the Stonelion Puppets Theater to bring awareness of the effects of plastic pollution in our waters through art. The event took place on August 19th 2016.
I prepared a short PSA about trash in the ocean that was projected in a loop on the giant screens while the 2,400 TEDx guests were coming in to take their seat at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City.
In Act III, during the concert, the Stonelion's giant Jellyfish, six feet across, was lit by live projection of my underwater footage to create a spectacle while traveling in the audience. ... See MoreSee Less
Ziggy Livnat, MFA, an independent, international awards winning filmmaker, has created an exciting underwater visual experience designed for the whole family to enjoy. Through Ziggy's spectacular films, the audience has the unique opportunity of an up close and personal look at marine life and coral reefs from around the globe. The stunning imagery, original soundtracks, and interesting scientific facts presented with humor by the filmmaker himself makes for a memorable event.
Fringe KC - Into The SeaJul 26, 8:30pmMTH Theater at Crown CenterZiggy Livnat, MFA, an independent, international awards winning filmmaker, has created an exciting underwater visual experience designed for the whole family to enjoy. Through Ziggy's spectacular films, the audience has the unique opportunity of an up close and personal look at marine life and coral reefs from around the globe. The stunning imagery, original soundtracks, and interesting scientific facts presented with humor by the filmmaker himself makes for a memorable event.... See MoreSee Less
This was a wonderful film and narrated presentation at the Fringe here in KC that enveloped me into the oceanic world. I was able to meet an endangered monk seal of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve (NWHICRER) and experience four curious dolphins peering at me through the lens of Ziggy Livnat. Ziggy's delight and love of the ocean is evident. I walked away with a profound sense of being a cell on this vast organism called Earth. Just as our cells are organized into tissues organized into organs organized into systems organized into one organism called "human;" so the ocean is an organism, a living body with its own analogous cells, tissues, organs, and systems. The tiger shark functions like a macrophage in a cell, eating dead animals and cleaning up the reef. Homeostasis, is a word that crossed my mind as I marveled at the ecosystem of an untouched coral reef by humans. What is our role as a human in this web of life? Consciousness? Being a voice for the planet? I don't know. I believe we don't know our truest connective relationship as a species with it, but we are learning. Thanks, Ziggy for taking me into the uncharted, vast territory of our planet and pushing through your own fear of the ocean to do your work. What a gift.