The Rise of the Ocean Sunfish

Huge and widely unknown: the Ocean Sunfish. Filmmaker Thomas Behrend and his team succeed in bringing light in the mysterious life of the biggest teleosts.

Director: Thomas Behrend

Thomas Behrend, a German documentary film maker born in Hamburg, is well-known for his unique under water shots. While studying mechanical engineering the enthusiastic sports diver gathered his first experiences in underwater photography. In 1988 he got his first assignment for a film production. After finishing university he dedicated himself to his passion. In 1991 he founded his own company: BLUE PLANET FILM. From that time on Thomas Behrend produced many international award-winning nature films.

Director: Christina Karliczek

Born 1977 in Groningen/Netherlands
She was trained as a media creator for images and sound at Deutsche Welle TV, Berlin and at the School for Communication, Information and Image Engineering, Berlin and is a freelance cinematographer for wildlife and documentary films since 2004.

Christina Karliczek works freelance underwater and on land for German and international television. Recent projects include clients such as Germany's TV ARD, NDR Natural History Department, ZDF and BBC Co-productions. Since early 2005 Christina has specialized in underwater filming, triggered by a period of valuable experiences as underwater-trainee at Blue Planet Film, Hamburg.
Ever since, she has dived around the globe dedicated to discover and gather images from the underwater world.
With 'The Rise of The Ocean Sunfish' Christina premiered as a producer.

44 Min.
Director: Thomas Behrend, Christina Karliczek
Author: Christina Karliczek und Thomas Behrend
Camera: Christina Karliczek, Thomas Behrend, Mike Johnson, Roberto Rinaldi, Roland Gockel
Editing: Mirco Tribanek
Music: Michael Klaukien, Andreas Lonardoni
Speaker: Mark Bremer, Ingo Abel, Robert Missler, Sonja Szylowicki
Editor: NDR Naturfilm / Britta Kiesewetter
Nominations: Best Marine Film 2012
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