REACHING BLUE: finding hope beneath the surface

Produced & Directed by Andy Robertson & Ian Hinkle
Canada (2014)

Nominated for 3 Leo Awards and screened at over 80 festivals worldwide. Reaching Blue was shortlisted for the National Geographic Eric Moe Sustainability Award.

A writer, an oyster farmer and an ocean scientist on the Pacific coast expose new changes found in the Salish Sea, linking each of us to the world’s oceans. With twenty-two cinematographers contributing imagery from deep-sea submarines, ocean research vessels and drone cameras around our local waters, we catch a glimpse of the Salish Sea as it has never been seen before. From John Steinbeck’s old research vessel The Western Flyer to residents of coastal communities facing dramatic changes in their own back yards, Reaching Blue shows that we are all connected to the ocean at our doorstep.



Pemberton Music Festival 2016 – Artist Catering


Leadership Victoria – DIVERSITY VICTORIA


Take a chance and connect! This video is intended to enhance awareness and understanding of diversity and to share information on being inclusive in our community. This video is the result of a Community Action Project commissioned by a team enrolled in the Leadership Victoria program.


(Producer, Camera, Editor)

Ocean exploration and science communication

From 2011-2016 I worked with Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), a wired undersea ocean observatory comprising VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada cabled networks. ONC supports coastal to deep ocean research and technology. It enables real-time interactive experiments, focused on ocean health, ecosystems, resources, natural hazards, and marine conservation. The Observatory is a national facility led by the University of Victoria for a pan-Canadian consortium of universities and partners.

In order to service the observatories ONC utilizes research vessels outfitted with remotely operated submersible vehicles called ROVs .  These ROVs have HD video cameras attached to record the dives and provide researchers and the public a glimpse of the ocean’s secrets.

(Producer, Camera)

Behind the Scenes of the film THE THAW

August 2008 I produced the behind the scenes “making of” for the film The Thaw. Shot in central B.C. editing was completed in 2009. The DVD includes “the making of” which explores the story, the actors experience and the locations.

At a remote Arctic research station, four ecology students discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what’s frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth upon the unsuspecting students who are forced to quarantine and make necessary sacrifices, or risk infecting the rest of the world.

(Producer, Camera, Editor)

Exploring Ghana – A Travel Documentary

In 2008 a small team of us traveled to Ghana, West Africa. My friend Paul was already living in Accra and felt there was real potential for tourism in this part of the world. We thought there might be a chance for us to shoot some footage of West Africa with a positive slant – something missing and seldom seen through most mainstream media. We proposed to the Ghanaian tourism board a 22-minute promotional video showcasing travel potential around the country. They loved the idea. They supplied us with a vehicle, a guide, and a signed letter from the minister of tourism – essentially, the keys to the country.

The promotional tourism video was successfully completed shortly after returning to Canada. I wanted to edit a second video that showed more of the personal side of our trip. This video. A small snapshot of our adventure and some great insight into what travel in Ghana really was like for our team.