Giants and Pygmies of West Papua

Tag line: From the largest to the smallest, bizarre creatures inhabit the underwater world of West Papua.

Synopsis: West Papua is a remote, essentially uninhabited region of far eastern Indonesia. The pristine underwater environment is unrivaled for its biodiversity. Strange and beautiful underwater creatures from the very largest to the smallest show a thriving reef system, aided no doubt by the lack of human presence. Understanding that human population pressures are significant in the health of our oceans is a first step to ensuring we maintain reef systems that are healthy and restore those that are not.

  • Craig Beasley
    Director
  • Craig Beasley
    Writer
  • Craig Beasley
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Short
  • Genres:
    Underwater, Undersea, environmental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Indonesia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Craig Beasley

Craig Beasley holds a PhD in mathematics and after a career in industry retired and now concentrates on underwater film making and photography. He is the founding Chair of Geoscientists without Borders.

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Director Statement

I strive to capture the beauty of the undersea world and the fascinating and amazing behaviors of its inhabitants with as little impact as possible. Therefore, in my filming, I do not use a tripod and do not manipulate undersea life.