Ray: A Life Underwater

In 2011 I was lucky enough to meet 75 year old Ray Ives and explore his eccentric treasure trove of deep sea salvage.

This short documentary portrait was the first of many collaborations with talented DoP/Editor Danny Cooke.

It resulted over 900,000 views online and has won over 18 international awards.

Director and Producer

Amanda Bluglass

DoP/ Editor

Danny Cooke

Dive Photography

Neil Hope


Tony Higgins


Yacht Havens


  • Jury Prize, Best Short Documentary, Port Townsend Film Festival, 2013
  • Best Adventure Film, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, 2012
  • Best Documentary, Super Shorts International Film Festival, 2011
  • Best Film, Shoot Film Festival, 2011

Official Selections

  • Lookout Wild Film Festival, 2014
  • International Ocean Film Tour, 2013
  • Kendal Mountain Film Festival, 2013
  • AFI/Discovery Channel, Silverdocs Documentary Festival, 2012
  • Vimeo Film Festival and Awards, 2012
  • Inspiring Shorts, 2012
  • Islands.doc Film Festival, 2012
  • St Petersburg International Film Festival, 2012
  • Maui Film Festival, 2012
  • Festival MareMostra, 2012
  • Vimeo Staff Pick