My interest is in making factual films about real people, shot as beautifully as possible. I strongly believe that the visual aesthetic of a film should match the power of a story. I love sumptuous cinematography.
My work was officially selected for the VIMEO Film Festival, the AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival and has won numerous international documentary awards and official selections, including Winner, Best Adventure film, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival; Winner, Best Documentary, Super Shorts International Film Festival; Winner Grand Prix, Shoot! Film Festival.
London Olympics 2012 and Arts Council England – an experimental immersive film featuring GB Olympic diver Tom Daley (www.beneath360.com)
NASA, in partnership with NIKE, the US State Department and USAID for the sustainability forum LAUNCH. Watch my film about LAUNCH here : vimeo.com/52700355
My work has appeared on Channel 4 and the BBC, as well as accruing 0ver quarter of a million hits on VIMEO and YouTube (www.rayalifeunderwater.co.uk).
If you’d like to talk to me about commissioning a documentary, film or collaborating on a project, please contact me.
Beneath360º starring highboard Olympics 2012 medallist Tom Daley
Director: Amanda Bluglass
A unique immersive film in 360° with 6.1 surround sound audio, created for exhibition at the Weymouth Maritime Mix – London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea, with sponsorship from GoPro.
An Olympic short film ‘Beneath360′ in association with ICCI and Arts Council England. Featuring World champion and Olympic medallist 10m board diver Tom Daley, GB Olympiad Brooke Graddon and Under 12 GB champion Victoria Vincent. Cameras Neil Hope, Vince Knight and Danny Cooke (dannycooke.co.uk), music by John Hendicott, (johnhendicott.com) edited by Vince Knight (aatomotion.com).
Ray: A Life Underwater
Producer/Director: Amanda Bluglass
Director of Photography and Editor: Danny Cooke
A multiple award-winning documentary short film about a 75-year-old deep sea diver and his hoard of treasures.
Shortlisted in the 2012 VIMEO+Awards Film Festival and AFI/Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival 2012
*Winner, ‘Adventure’ category, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival 2012
*Winner, Grand Prix Best Film, 2011 Shoot! Film Festival
*Winner, Best Documentary, Super Shorts International Film Festival
*Official Selection, Inspiring Shorts 2012
*Official Selection, St Petersburg International Maritime Film Festival 2012
*Official Selection, Maremostra Ocean Film Festival 2012
*Official Selection, Maui Film Festival 2012
*Official Selection, Best Documentary, London International Short Film Festival
A rogue with an eye for salvage – and the ladies – Ray: A Life Underwater is an affectionate portrait of one man’s deep sea diving career, told through his extraordinary collection of marine artefacts.
Like a modern-day pirate, 75-year-old Ray Ives has been scouring the seabed for treasure his whole life.
The former commercial diver has plundered the deep for over fifty years, bringing to the surface anything that glittered — even gold. In a shipping container near the water, Ray tends his museum of cannon, bottles, bells, swords, portholes and diving gear. He even still takes to the water in a 1900s diving suit.
Ray can be found most days at his museum at Yacht Haven Quay, Plymouth.
Currently in production:
Out Of Order - working title
Presbyqueerians on the frontline: a documentary feature and social media campaign following the next generation of gay clergy. Introducing three inspiring individuals leading the US Presbyterian Church out of homophobia.
Watch the trailer and read more about the project here: www.outoforderdoc.com
A documentary short about the oldest Ashkenazy synagogue in the English-speaking world still in continuous use, in Plymouth, UK, celebrating its 250th Anniversary. Watch it here: vimeo.com/54465914
A documentary feature about Scott of the Antarctic and composer/sound artist Julian Evans’ ice flute orchestra-tribute to the Heroic Age of Explorers. Shot on location in Fefor, Norway and St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Due for release in 2013.
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