Sealife Productions is a family 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 earning a B.S. in Marine Biology, Florian extended his hobby of underwater photography into the field of film. Now, more than two decades later, he holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology with specialization in marine mammals. He brings extensive subject knowledge to his films.
Florian's work includes underwater camera for the Monterey Bay episode of the Netflix series "Our Great National Parks" narrated by Barack Obama, the last two seasons of Animal Planet's River Monsters with Jeremy Wade, producing and filming National Geographic's America's National Parks: Olympic, and filming for CBC's Wild Canadian Year. He has worked on film assignments for the BBC including Pacific Abyss, Amazon Abyss and The Blue Planet, the UK documentary company Icon Films, the German documentary producers Doclights for NDR Naturfilm, and Parthenon Entertainment for National Geographic.
Sealife Productions maintains an extensive stock library shot in 5K/4K RED formats and HD from HDCam.
Florian has current rebreather certification and has been diving with rebreathers since 1995. As of November 2021, he has logged over 3,250 dives in diverse environments. Florian grew up diving in Germany and became a certified research diver with the Biological Institute Helgoland.
Florian and his partner and wife Gina Truesdell, who also holds a Ph.D. in Biology, live with their family on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington where they work and explore the waters of the Salish Sea. Both Florian and Gina are FAA-certified drone pilots and work together commercially.
Sealife Productions has a strong ethical mission. We are committed to bring images to the public that would otherwise be difficult to visualize. We have produced material for local Marine Resource Committees and environmental groups, and Florian has appeared on television and radio programs in the United States and Europe to promote marine conservation issues.
Sealife Productions is constantly pushing the boundaries of diving methods and camera technology forward to bring unique images back to the surface.
Sealife Productions is on Indigenous land. We are on traditional territory of Coast Salish people, specifically Snohomish people. We honor gʷisgʷistalb, the land, ʔaʔacəp, the sea, and the people—past, present and future.