Current Productions

discovery deep hybrid-media productions

Since the end of 2016, Alex is an official member of the Discovery Deep team, producing video content to "Bring the ocean out of the ocean" and to educate the public on nautical history and wildlife topics.

 

untitled glacier national park climate change documentary

Using themes and story elements from Stonefly (2016), Alex is working with USGS scientists and Glacier National Park to craft a TV-hour production on the impacts of climate change on the park and its inhabitants. Alex is currently finalizing subjects and searching for funding.

Feel free to contact Alex directly with any inquiries regarding this project.

 

untitled human impact experimental short

A passion project and personal challenge for Alex, this new short film for 2017 will address the localized aspects of human impact on the world's climate, wildlife, and wilderness. Told in an experimental style, this film will use modern hyperlapse, high-speed, and low-light techniques, all blended with motion-cut editing.

As of February, 2017, this untitled short is crawling out of pre-production and into preliminary production. A funding period will follow shortly.

Production team:

  • Writing and Cinematography: Alexander Finden
  • Editing: Ali Nidzgorski
  • Music: Sean Walsh

Completed Productions

Dive One

Alex produced Dive One with editor Ali Nidzgorski and music composer Sean Walsh of Lonely Sea Productions in February of 2017. The 4-minute short film is currently touring film festivals and has been made an official selection of the 40th International Wildlife Film Festival.

A love story about a diver and the ocean, Dive One uses imagery and music to illustrate the evolution of emotions experienced by a first-time SCUBA diver.
— Alexander Finden

 

weapons of beetles

A top 20 finalist in the 2016 Fusion Doc Challenge, Weapons of Beetles questions the evolution of "extreme weaponry" in several genera of beetles. With help from Jillian del Sol of the Emlen lab at the University of Montana and the Missoula Insectarium, these impressive bugs got their time on the big screen at the 2017 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

While the film is not yet publicly available, a highlight reel of the beetles can be seen on the Alexander Finden Cinematography YouTube channel.

A female Asian Rhinoceros Beetle happily feeds on an overripe piece of fruit.

A female Asian Rhinoceros Beetle happily feeds on an overripe piece of fruit.

 

stonefly

With some help from the USGS and Sean Walsh, Alexander Finden completed a short documentary on stoneflies and the effects of climate change on both Glacier National Park and its glacier stream-dependent organisms. The short was completed in under 120 hours for the Fusion Project Earth doc challenge and is now touring festivals as a finalist. All footage was shot with the Sony a7s II.

A meltwater stonefly (Lednia tumana) sits on top of a rock near Lunch Creek in Glacier National Park.  

A meltwater stonefly (Lednia tumana) sits on top of a rock near Lunch Creek in Glacier National Park.

 

hawai'i diving shorts with hilo ocean adventures

Alex teamed up with Hilo Ocean Adventures and the Hilo Dive Club to create videos of dive events, specialty dive tours and certifications, and of the local reefs' aquatic inhabitants. All footage captured in HD and 4k using the Sony a7s marks I and II.

A still frame from the Hilo Dive Club's underwater Easter Egg Hunt.

A still frame from the Hilo Dive Club's underwater Easter Egg Hunt.

A green sea turtle from Lele'iwi, one of the most popular sites on the Keaukaha coastline for diving.

A green sea turtle from Lele'iwi, one of the most popular sites on the Keaukaha coastline for diving.

 

algenist - ahnfeltia in hawai'i

With the assistance of the marine biology department from UH Hilo, Alex and Tammy Yaiser from Algenist, a biotech company in San Francisco, CA, hunted down a species of intertidal seaweed by the name of Ahnfeltia concinna. This alga is used in cosmetics and in the manufacturing of biofuel. Tammy will talk about her trip to Hawai'i on QVC TV.

A closeup of Ahnfeltia spp. and its dichotomous branching. Notice the color change from red to green.

A closeup of Ahnfeltia spp. and its dichotomous branching. Notice the color change from red to green.

wildaid manta diver project (china)

Alex took the role of underwater RED EPIC Dragon and Canon 1DC operator while Wu, a Chinese star and ocean enthusiast, learned how to SCUBA dive alongside manta rays. Produced by WildAid in Kona, HI November 8-13, 2015. 

Alex and the Canon 1DC watch a giant reef manta soar over a cleaning station in Kona, HI.

Alex and the Canon 1DC watch a giant reef manta soar over a cleaning station in Kona, HI.


Sweet, sexy ocean

"Sweet, Sexy Ocean" was both the first festival award-winning film and the first underwater project produced by Alexander Finden.

This vibrant, character-driven nature film documents and brings awareness to the red sea urchin business in San Diego, California, emphasizing the beauty of southern California's kelp beds, the passionate life of an urchin diver, and the consumption of these spiny creatures in markets and restaurants. Locally co-managing fisheries to conserve the coastal environment and "buying local" serve as underlying themes.

Sweet, Sexy Ocean explores the allure of sustainably harvesting uni and celebrating what many connoisseurs describe as the Foie Gras of the Sea.
— Cinefoodie.com

kuwan

"Kuwan" was the second festival award-winning short produced by Alexander Finden. Shot entirely out of a backpack, this experimental piece showcases Alex's landscape videography experience and introduces a unique method of storytelling. Watch the full film here.

 
“Kuwan” is a poetic documentary that explores northern Arizona’s extraordinarily beautiful and diverse settings through the use of only visuals and music.
— Alexander Finden