Expeditions:The Fiji Expedition Team
The Secret Ocean 3D Fiji Expedition Team
JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU, PRESIDENT, OCEAN FUTURES SOCIETY AND DIRECTOR "SECRET OCEAN 3D"
Explorer, environmentalist, educator, film producer---for more than four decades Jean-Michel Cousteau has communicated to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work and to honor his heritage. Jean-Michel serves as an impassioned diplomat for the environment, reaching out to the public through a variety of media, producing over 75 films, receiving Emmy awards, the Peabody Award, the 7 d'Or, and the Cable Ace Award, and authoring hundreds of articles and several books. Jean-Michel travels the globe, meeting with leaders and policymakers at the grassroots level and at the highest echelons of government and business, educating young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change.
FRANCOIS & JEAN-JACQUES MANTELLO, CEO/CHAIRMAN & FILM DIRECTOR "SECRET OCEAN 3D"
Francois and Jean-Jacques Mantello — The Mantello Brothers — have followed an atypical course through the international motion picture industry. Third-generation entrepreneurs, they created L’Equipage Video, the first digital video postproduction company in France to be located outside the Paris region, in 1990. The following five years were spent providing post-production services to television, advertising agencies and audio-visual production companies. Also specialized in digital effects and CGI, this enterprise allowed the Brothers to hone their expertise in the field of new digital technologies.
RICHARD MURPHY, Ph.D, CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR
A PhD in marine ecology from the University of Southern California, Murphy began working with Jacques and Jean-Michel Cousteau in 1968 and has been involved in projects and expeditions around the globe, including Papua New Guinea, the Fiji Islands, the Caribbean, Indonesia, the Mekong River, the Amazon, the Sea of Cortez, Australia and New Zealand. He has served as chief scientist, photographer, writer, educator and project director, and has created many educational programs for young people in developed and developing countries. His book Coral Reefs: Cities Under the Sea offers a unique and fascinating look at how coral reefs function and what lessons they can teach us in making our own communities more sustainable.
GAVIN MCKINNEY, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
A native of the Bahamas, with over 20,000 underwater hours to his credit, Gavin McKinney is a veteran of underwater filmmaking. He has worked on many feature and television films, among them five of the James Bond movies, “Splash,” “Speed 2″, “Jaws: the Revenge”, “The Abyss” and many more.
DON SANTEE, DIRECTOR OF EXPEDITIONS
Santee has worked side by side with both Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jacques Cousteau for over three decades. Assuming diverse duties as expedition leader and production manager, he coordinates everything from diving expeditions to film logistics. An underwater photographer for books and magazines, he has also worked on over 26 television documentaries. In addition to acting as the team's medical officer, Santee is also responsible for training the Ocean Futures team on advanced technical dive procedures and working with state-of-the-art closed circuit rebreathers. Santee makes his home in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife Hilary and son Edward.
HOLLY S. LOHUIS, MARINE BIOLOGIST
Holly is a marine biologist with a degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has been diving around the world with Jean-Michel Cousteau for over a decade. Holly is apart of the expedition team, serving as a key liaison between the expedition team and scientists and is responsible for confirming the factual accuracy of the content of Ocean Futures Society documentaries. Also a marine educator, Holly has educated thousands of children and adults about the wonders and fragility of the marine environment and the importance to protect them for future generations.