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The Cauldron Of Life #


Jan 21, 2014

Captured during 12 years in the field, David Hannan’s stunning HD cinematography reveals the untold story of our oceans’ most timeless experiment. We’re transported to the primeval place where coral reefs are born, and introduced to the mysterious architect that creates thriving marine cities in two distant seas.

Beginning with the ancient alchemy that continues today … through the dangerous evolutionary wars that determine life or death … inside the natural monuments to our origins and our future … CORAL is an epic, blue-chip natural history journey that twists and turns into a shocking reality that offers hope for the future.

90 percent of CORAL has been filmed and is available for viewing by individual arrangement. Now in post as a coproduction with TWIN STAR FILM, this Feature length project is in completion during 2014.

Milne Bay, PNG #

Expeditions to Papua New Guinea

November 7, 2010

A short distance north of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef lays Papua New Guinea, in the heart of the 'Coral Triangle'. The reefs here are the most abundant, diverse and intact coral reef systems remaining on the planet.

Fascinating marine creatures such as pygmy seahorses, 'mimic' octopus, cryptic fish and multitudes of outlandish nudibranchs have only recently been discovered with many more awaiting scientific description. Large animals such as Whale Shark, Hammerheads and Mantas still frequent these waters.

David Hannan has been extensively documenting Papua New Guinea's marine life in the Milne Bay area as a major project since 2006. Many of the scenes in 'Coral Sea Dreaming' and 'Undersea Edens' were filmed in this region.

David Hannan and Plankton Productions are now creating the largest HD footage library of its kind for use in documentaries, education and all kinds of new media programs.

Read the full news item and view image samples here →

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Marine Video Art

February 8, 2010

As a visual artist, David is always experimenting with different ways of taking us to places most of us don't have direct access to.

The development of ever larger display screens expands possibilities for stylish programming beyond traditional media formats. 'Virtual Ocean Programming' explores and re-interprets Nature with 'immersive' studies or in more abstract ways, but always highlighting dazzling diversity, colour and movement.

Coral Reefs and their inhabitants are especially appealing subjects for 'Digital Canvas' that can be framed and hung just about anywhere in public spaces or at home.

The 'Surreal Seas' and 'Virtual Ocean' Collections included as extras on Coral Sea Dreaming are examples of Davids efforts to define a new genre for his work.

Check out this latest piece below set to a music track by Grace Barbe:

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AQUA - A Dance with Nature Documentary #

AQUA - A Dance with Nature Documentary

Updated: December 27, 2009

AQUA is a feature documentary project in development chronicling the story of the Great Barrier Reef. In a revolutionary approach to natural history storytelling, AQUA is told entirely through contemporary dance music, and is aimed for theatrical release and cross-platform performance festivals and venues.

Directed/Edited by Toni Houston and Produced by Bettina Richter (Wish Bone Films), AQUA features the coral reef library of David Hannan, and showcases the music of 3 renowned dance DJs/composers including Australia's Endorphin and Europe's Safri Duo.

A preview version of AQUA was screened at Parliament House in Canberra and during the COP15 Climate Conference at The Pumpehuset venue, Copenhagen with the world percussive beats of one of Europe’s biggest dance acts - Safri Duo – playing live alongside.

For more information about AQUA visit:


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In the News

Extended Production Capabilities

May 17, 2015
Network partners David Hannan, Pete West and their companies are joining forces offering high-end image capabilities

Coral: Rekindling Venus astounds audiences

21 May, 2013
Created and directed by Australian media artist Lynette Wallworth with principal photography by David Hannan, Coral: Rekindling Venus is an immersive Full Dome format film experience.

Exploring Coral Reefs, Climate Change & Carbon Dioxide - New Classroom Resources Available

May 16, 2011
Coral Reefs are rich, sensitive ecosystems vital to the survival of one-quarter of all sea life and the economies of many countries. But what are corals really, how do they function and why are they now threatened by rising sea temperatures and increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?

Ocean Ark Alliance - Visit the Website

OAA’s mission is to create a deeper appreciation of some of the most wondrous, yet fragile, ecosystems on our planet.

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