Chris Johnson - Documentary Filmmaker, Photographer & New Media Producer
Chris directs earthOCEAN, an educational media company specializing in environmental science, conservation and wildlife productions – www.earthocean.com.au
He is the producer and cinematographer for the Whale Trackers series.
Chris has directed documentary films and produced multimedia installations, websites and interactive CD-ROMS/DVDs for the National Geographic Society, The American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Park Zoo, Jurong Bird Park in Singapore, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Melbourne Zoo, Ocean Institute, National Science Foundation and the Ocean Alliance.
Chris has a particular passion for the oceans. From 2000-2005, he circumnavigated the globe on the “Voyage of the Odyssey” – a science and education expedition studying whales and ocean pollution. He documented wildlife and conservation efforts in 22 countries and sailing over 85,000 miles across the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Designing and developing a multimedia studio onboard the whale research vessel Odyssey, allowed Chris to produce the award-winning website hosted by PBS from sea, where he recorded and captured all aspects of the expedition as they happened – www.pbs.org/odyssey.
A seasoned photographer and cinematographer, Chris is most comfortable when traveling, and working in the outdoors. He has captured imagery for news and documentary programs for the BBC, PBS, Reuters, National Geographic News, RAI, Sky News-Italy, Channel Ten Australia, ABC Australia, and the Discovery Channel. Chris has produced several documentary films, including one on the endangered Southern Right Whale. His most recent project – “Whales of an Ancient Sea”, is being screened as part of Conservation Cinema at the 2008 IUCN World Congress in Barcelona.
Chris is also an accomplished field researcher, and author who is knowledgeable in the areas of cetacean ecology, database design and GIS.
He is on the Board of Directors of Filmmakers For Conservation and publishes a blog – “Behind the Camera”. In 2008, he was nominated, along with his wife Genevieve, for the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.