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.
It is our pleasure and duty to give back to mother earth on a daily basis. With just a few simple steps we can do our share; for example:
1. The usual obvious of using reusable bags. That includes small bags for our vegetables. On average we only recycle one plastic bag in every 200 we use. Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide.
2. Refuse plastic straws. In the US alone an estimated 500 million single-use plastic straws are used daily.
Explain the information above in stores and restaurants with those that want to hand you the bag or straw .
In honor of EarthDay 2018, I am attaching my film that recently won Best Cinematography in Sylvia Earle's Ocean Film Challenge.Connected is a visual and musical celebration of our planet's oceans. The film delivers a sense of wonder about the diversity of marine life, moving the viewer… ... See MoreSee Less
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.I recently found this SKY News segment that was aired in December 1997. Back then I was working for Friends of the Earth Middle East as well as the Director… ... 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