We are specialists in directing, shooting and producing polar narratives. We create one of a kind imagery to transform and engage audiences. Our films have Impact!
Working in 4K and 8K, Large Screen, Exhibit, Virtual Reality and long and short form TV, Arctic Bear is a nimble and versatile team interested in fresh perspectives and innovative narratives.
Arctic Bear houses a large stock footage library of polar imagery and marine creatures.
This is the story of a young bear's epic migration through the icy waters of Hudson Bay. Watch his desperate acts as he is pushed to the brink. Witness the wisdom and commitment of a protective mother bear. Observe the seemingly ferocious social rituals of massive male bears. ICE BEAR features breath-taking cinematography shot over twelve months, capturing rarely seen bear behavior.
For this film we used footage filmed by the polar bears themselves by using a collar camera. Watch the bear tagging and collar sequence here.
99% of everything we buy comes to us by ship. Ships bring us food, clothing cars, and our electronics. It is the vehicle of global trade. No shipping, no globalization. Because of their size and the immense amount of fuel they burn, ships belong to one of the most polluting industries in the world. Ships are allowed to burn the dirtiest fuel on the planet.
While the film informs about little known practices and the weaknesses of the shipping industry it does not point fingers of blame. We are all implicated! Consumers, supply chain operators, energy producers, bunkering facilitators, ship owners are all part of the problem.
The issues raised in the film are relevant to policy fields not only in shipping but also environmental sustainability, endangered heritage and the future of energy.
Sea Blind has proven to be helpful in aiding a cross sector conversation initiate by international policymakers, NGO's and industry management.
The conversation is happening NOW!
A year after An Inconvient Truth we made Arctic Tale, a Hollywood Feature doc that brought the climate change story to families around the world.
A story of unsinkable family devotion, unfolding courage and extraordinary survival, Arctic Tale takes audiences of all ages on an epic adventure inside an icy kingdom at the very top of the earth. There, a bold little polar bear, Nanu, and a wily young walrus, Seela, are about to tackle the brave new world that confronts them with everything they’ve got. More than fifteen years in the making, the film’s stunning and emotional images reveal the beauty, comedy and urgent dangers facing one of the most awe-inspiring, mystery-filled places on our planet.
A Co-production with Paramount Vantage and National Geographic Films, Directed by Sarah Robertson and Adam Ravetch.
Promoted by Starbucks Corp. Arctic Tale played a role to successfully raise awareness and funds for environmental campaigns. Watch the Arctic Tale Epilogue, where we inspire young people to engage in the climate challenge.
ABP works with international media companies to direct and shoot some of the finest blue chip natural history sequences ever created. We have produced, directed and freelanced cinematography on dozens of films and TV shows. Many have distinguished themselves with awards and amazing distribution outlets.
ABP is a resourceful team ready to create powerful wildlife, science and adventure narratives for your project. We work in many formats: Television, The Big Screen, Giant Screen and for the VR space.
Known for our bold, one of kind imagery, both underwater and on the surface we pair those images with surprising and emotional storytelling.
Current and deep research on arctic science, biology, climate change and northern geo political issues allow us to create current, unknown stories. Our interest is to inspire discussion on social cultural issues that affect our world today.
Sarah’s first films show-cased rare animal behavior captured in very difficult circumstances; sometimes under the Arctic ice cap other times on top of ridiculously thin ice. Polar bears, walrus and narwhal are routine subjects, minus 30 degree Celsius cold a regular obstacle, sleeping in an igloo a pleasure and eating wild food with the Inuit an overcome conundrum.
Over time Sarah transcended the theme of survival in her films. She see’s unmistakable human likeness in animal behavior and was quick to use her powerful imagery to draw human connections.
Working with scientists in the dozens of filming expeditions into the north, Sarah has seen evidence of global climate change. Her focus has been to communicate these shifts. Sarah’s feature directorial debut, Arctic Tale made with National Geographic Films and Paramount Vantage was a first step in experimenting with the complexities of communicating effectually on the climate challenge. In 2007, Sarah was awarded The Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award in recognition of excellence in exploring climate change.
Sarah has seen in her quarter century research in the Arctic rapid geographical, political and biological evolutions of the region and is interested in deeply understanding the implications. Her film, Sea Blind, The Price of Shipping Our Stuff is the beginning of a probe into the Arctic’s’ future as it transforms from frozen wasteland to center of World Geo Politics.
Sea Blind is having an impact and is an effective tool in forwarding the global conversation on transitioning our transportation energy sources in the effort to contain a two-degree warming limit on our world.
In his pursuit of the ultimate photographic challenge, Ravetch has become one of a handful of filmmakers to shoot beneath the Arctic Ice cap. Even more unusual is his perseverance in the north with 25 years working in the brutal polar environment. Ravetch has been rewarded by capturing some fantastic, first-time photographed events of the lives of polar bears, walrus, narwhal and other arctic treasures.
Ravetch’s shooting career spans from the North to South Poles, from Baja California to the Red Sea, Micronesia, to The Galapagos. He works closely with both scientists and first nations experts to get a fascinating view of the Oceans. While working in Television, Ravetch has helped film hundreds of programs for the small screen, including BBC’ Planet Earth, and has directed many sequences for Imax films and co directed a feature film for the large screen.
With an watchful eye on new technology, abp is experimenting with new ways of telling innovative stories, and has jumped into the world of VR, creating content and pieces for Disney’s The Finest Hours, Efran’s VR Film Sharks, Rochner’s Film’ The Oil Rigs Off California and The Weather Channel’s Florida’s Watershed.
Clients include The American Museum of Natural History, Rolex, Honda, National Geographic Weekend Radio, The Arctic Frontiers Conference, The Clean Air Task Force, The European Climate Foundation and The Center for International Governance.
ABP work with Scientists and First Nation experts closely, this combined with extensive research and personal field experience make Sarah and Adam excellent guest lecturers on subjects that include:
Seablind: The Price of Shipping our Stuff has been screened internationally in venues such as The COP 21 Paris climate talks, The European Union Parliament, The Dutch Parliament, The Port Of Rotterdam. UNESCO and the International Maritime Organization, all in the effort to raise discussion on how to make shipping cleaner and transition to less polluting fuels.Book Film Screening
Behind the scenes testimonials with arctic underwater cinematographer Adam Ravetch discusses his friendship with Simon, a local Inuit, filming the Greenland shark and diving in the arctic.
Presented by Ocean World One Ocean.
We have hundreds of hours of assorted polar imagery available for license. Polar Bears, Walrus and Ice – underwater and surface footage are our specialty.
Genre: Impact feature documentary
Production: ABP and Inuksuk Media
Genre: Impact feature documentary on societies blindness to the emissions coming from the shipping industry and pointing towards potential solutions.
Production: ABP and Inuksuk Media
Genre: Bluechip natural history investigative documentary
Production: ABP, Janet Hill and Arctic Exploration Fund
Genre: Arctic Thriller - long format narrative
Script: Sarah Robertson