Join us for an evening of conversation with cinematographer Ian Kellett who will share the challenges and opportunities of capturing images of the ocean aboard the Alucia. Filmmaker and UCSB Film and Media Studies faculty Chris Jenkins will interview Kellett.
Considered the “modern-day Calypso," the Alucia is a 183-foot research and exploration vessel that facilitates a wide range of diving, submersible and aerial operations. Along with capturing some of the world's most unique species in their natural environment, the crew of the Alucia is credited with getting the first footage of a living giant squid and for finding the Air France 447 plane that went missing somewhere between South America and Africa.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies and The Carsey-Wolf Center.
Ian Kellett has filmed everything from Tiger sharks in West Australia for National Geographic, BBC's Oceans and Frozen Planet to a Top Gear special on Evel Knievel right before he died. Highlights of Ian's career include capturing the first footage of a new primate species in Bolivia (the Wildlife Conservation Society auctioned off the naming rights for $720,000 to help protect the monkey's habitat), exploring North America's water stories with Alexandra Cousteau, organizing community cinema events in Central America, diving in the Arctic Circle for the BBC, and retracing the expeditions of renowned field biologist George Schaller from Alaska, to Brazil, and to India. His passion lies in immersing himself into humbling habitats, learning from nature, and sharing the victories of overcoming tough challenges with a team of passionate people. Kellett believes that storytelling is the glue that bonds humanity, and that you have to get out there and participate in order to connect to the greatness of life.