Sealife Productions is a small company that films and produces wildlife documentaries, and provides still images, video, and information to conservation groups and the film and publishing industries. The company was started in the early 1990s by Florian Graner. After finishing a BS degree in Marine Biology, Florian extended his hobby of underwater still photography into the field of film. Now, more than a decade later, Florian holds a PhD in Marine Biology with specialization in marine mammals and works full-time as a freelance marine cinematographer. Being a qualified marine biologist, he brings professionalism and extensive subject knowledge to his films. His films have been shown in many countries and his images can be seen in various books, field guides and dive magazines.
Florian's cinematography assignments have taken him all around the world. His recent work includes underwater cinematography for the last two seasons of Animal Planet's RIVER MONSTERS, an Icon Films Production; producing and filming National Geographic's AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS: OLYMPIC; and filming for CBC's WILD CANADIAN YEAR. He has worked on many film assignments for the BBC including PACIFIC ABYSS, AMAZON ABYSS and THE BLUE PLANET; the UK documentary company Icon Films; the German television company NDR Naturfilm; Parthenon Entertainment for National Geographic, and others. Florian also stays busy shooting stock footage in high definition and 2-5K RED formats for his extensive stock libraries.
Florian is a rebreather specialist: he has current rebreather certification and has been diving with rebreathers since 1995. As of July 2016, he has logged over 2,900 dives. Florian grew up diving in Germany and became a certified research diver with the Biological Institute Helgoland (BAH). He has since lived and dived in Norway, along spectacular Sognefjord, Norway's longest and deepest fjord, and in the US, in quaint Pacific Grove, on California's scenic Monterey peninsula. Florian and his family now reside on beautiful Whidbey Island in Puget Sound where he dives and films in the waters of the Salish Sea. Florian is fluent in English, German and Norwegian. His business, Sealife Productions, is registered in Washington state.
Sealife Productions has a strong ethical mission. Florian is committed to using his work to bring issues to the public that would otherwise be difficult to visualize. Florian has produced material for several environmental groups and has appeared on television and radio programs in both the US and in Europe to promote marine conservation issues.
Florian is constantly pushing forward the boundaries, in terms of diving methods and camera technology, to bring unique images back to the surface. In keeping with this philosophy, we hope this website provides a resource for promoting the conservation of a truly global domain...the oceans.