Sealand is a haunting poetic meditation that follows a young marine scientist. Living in a house on the ocean – a re-imagining of the Principality of Sealand – she tries to stave off a dying sea as her reality gradually washes away.
“EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE IS INEXTRICABLY CONNECTED TO AND UTTERLY DEPENDENT UPON THE EXISTENCE OF THE SEA.” – SYLVIA ALICE EARLE
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OLIVER ZELLER – WRITER, DIRECTOR, DESIGNER
Oliver directed Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey) in the faux teaser commercial short Immersive Cocoon ‘2011’: a Mundos Digitales nominee and Vimeo Staff Pick with over 800,000 views, exhibited at BFI Southbank, London. He has also written, directed & animated commercials for LEGO and designed for clients including Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes, Lincoln & Nike. A set designer & vfx generalist, his film credits include Disney’s Prince of Persia, Fox Searchlight’s The Woman in the Window, A24’s After Yang, and VFX Supervisor/Producer on the award winning indie films Buster’s Mal Heart & The Midnight Swim. After starting his CGI career at director Joseph Kosinski’s (Top Gun: Maverick) studio KDLAB, he was creative director/partner at architecture firm NAU and AI startup Blackbox AI/Foundation. Oliver is author of the upcoming graphic novel Spies of Estoril, illustrated by Image Comics artist Richard Blake.
GAIA VISNAR – Actress, producer
New York based Slovenian actress & producer Gaia Visnar most recently headlined an international cast in Outer Gaea Company’s adaptation of Antigona by renowned Slovene theatre director Dušan Jovanović. In 2019 she was nominated Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for her performance in The Maids at NoHo’s Seeing Place Theater. In addition to countless other productions, Gaia produced and starred in the 2018 short film The Basis of Intimacy, selected to numerous film festivals worldwide. A member of New York Women in Film and Television and The League of Professional Theatre Women, Gaia holds an MA in Psychology from University of Ljubljana and has trained in Berlin, Mexico, at the Actors Studio Slovenia and in New York at The Acting Studio, HB Studio, The Barrow Group and Circle in the Square. She is an SSI certified Advanced Open Water Diver.
SHAHEEN SETH – CINEMATOGRAPHER, COMPOSER
Cinematographer, composer and motion graphics designer Shaheen Seth’s feature debut as Director of Photography, The Midnight Swim, won six awards including AFI Fest’s audience award. For his second feature, starring Rami Malek, The New York Times proclaimed Buster’s Mal Heart is “Filmed with an alienating elegance by Shaheen Seth”. Shaheen also composed the surreal original score for the film which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and opened a limited national theatrical run at New York’s Angelika Theater. Director of Photography in Budapest on the Amazon Studios film Birds of Paradise, Shaheen recently lensed 2020’s King Knight starring Aubrey Plaza and led second unit cinematography on Amazon Studios television series, Hanna.
HELEN HEN – PRODUCER, DESIGNER
Filmmaker and Architect Helen Han has directed & produced numerous documentaries worldwide on architecture & urban design – from On Imagination: Conversations with Architects to Tending the Garden City – with clients that include SOM, Morphosis, Weiss/Manfredi, Safdie Architects, Coach, The Philip Johnson Glass House and The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Helen’s video & animated works have taken her across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, even Antarctica; and have been shown at MoMA, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the 2016 Venice Biennale. Formerly a practicing architect at Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Helen is an instructor at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
CHRISTIAN MILLER – UNDERWATER D.P., MARINE CONSULTANT
Based in Cairns, Australia, Christian Miller is an award winning nature & wildlife photographer/filmmaker who has worked with National Geographic, the BBC and on the IMAX film Great Barrier Reef. He has also been Director of Photography on several SnotBot expeditions with Ocean Alliance, most recently in the Sea of Cortez. Winner of the Pride of Australia Medal for environmental achievement, Christian is a director for the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center and CEO of Parley for the Oceans, Australia. A professional diver (PADI IDC Staff Instructor) who has completed thousands of dives from the Carribean to Indonesia, he also holds a CASA commercial drone license.
TSHAKA BROOKES – GAFFER, KEY GRIP, ASSISTANT CAMERA
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Tshaka Brookes has worked on the set of films from Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan to Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke, and on numerous television series including HBO’s Emmy winning Succession and the STARZ hit Power. His Director of Photography credits include the National Geographic featured documentary short Living with Coyote and the award winning short film White Sugar in a Black Pot.
ROB NEDERHORST – TECH ADVISOR, CONSULTANT
Lead VFX Supervisor on John Wick 3 and The Conjuring 3, Rob has also overseen visual effects on films including Iron Man 2, After Earth, Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Seven, Tomb Raider, and Patriots Day. As a commercials VFX supervisor he has received Visual Effects Society Award nominations for Created Environment and Compositing and through his own company, composited on blockbusters from Thor to Captain America: The First Avenger. An expert in developing post production pipelines, he has consulted for Activision and is an Adjunct Professor at USC’s School of Digital Arts. Rob is an avid surfer and creator/lead developer of the app, Surf Track.