The Coral Guardian

When a drowned deep-sea diver is given another chance at life, he discovers a new home. A compelling story about the changing underwater world and the precarious connection between man and nature.

Making-of: https://vimeo.com/458252648

  • David I. Dincer
    Director
  • Marc Donaubauer
    Co-Director
  • David I. Dincer
    Writer
  • Marc Donaubauer
    Writer
  • Marc Donaubauer
    Producer
  • David I. Dincer
    Co-Producer
  • David I. Dincer
    Cinematographer
  • Stella Stocker
    Key Cast
    "The Voice of the Corals"
  • Andreas Haeckler
    Key Cast
    "Coral Guardian"
  • Jens Landfeld
    Key Cast
    "Black Diver"
  • Fabian Reber
    Production Design
  • Marc Donaubauer
    Costume Design
  • David I. Dincer
    Costume Design
  • Fabian Reber
    Costume Design
  • David I. Dincer
    Editing
  • Svenja Baumgärtner
    Editing
  • Luke Atencio
    Music
  • Kaley Rutledge
    "Fantasy" song performed by
  • Stefan Knispel
    Safety Divers
  • Irmgard Lorenz
    Safety Divers
  • Leonie Landfeld
    Safety Divers
  • Ramy Magdy
    Safety Divers
  • David I. Dincer
    Sound Design
  • David I. Dincer
    VFX
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Underwater, Natural History
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 28, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    9,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Egypt
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Sony FS-5
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.4:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Young Directors Award 2020 (Nomination)
  • Berlin Commercial 2020 (Nomination)
  • Norwich Film Festival (Nomination)
  • Dili International Film Festival (Nomination)
  • Phoenix Monthly Short Film Festival (Winner)
  • HollyShorts Film Festival (Nomination)
  • New York Cinematography Award (Winnner)
Director Biography - David I. Dincer

I am a student academy award nominated underwater cinematographer from Germany. My uncle used to be a sea biologist and taught me a lot about the ocean and diving. I was so amazed by this “new world” that I specialized in underwater cinematography and my graduation film was shot completely underwater. The Ocean is an underwater playground for infinite ideas. I wish to follow up on similarly exciting projects!

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Director Statement

Coral bleaching leaves a clear mark, which has caused nearly half of the Great Barrier Reef to die. This film shows this problem through the unique perspective of an underwater ghost: The Coral Guardian. This is my filmic love letter to the ocean.