documentary / feature

James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D

Best Original Music Score in a Documentary
Best Feature Length Documentary
Best Cinematography in a Documentary
Best Sound in a Documentary

“DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D follows the dramatic story of James Cameron’s odyssey as he undertakes an expedition to the deepest part of the ocean. This is a journey of historic proportion and risk. The film will mesmerize viewers of all ages with the thrill of true discovery and the allure of the unknown, of new life forms, and of vistas never before captured on camera all right here on planet Earth.”

Along with Ricky Edwards and Amy Bastow, it has been a huge honour to have co-composed the score for this fascinating and exciting 3D-documentary feature. Deepsea Challenge 3D opened August 8th 2014 in North America and August 21st here in Australia.

Our score for Deepsea Challenge was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Original Score in a Documentary 2014!

John Bruno, Andrew Wight, Ray Quint
Lisa Truitt, James Cameron
Jane Moran
Ricky Edwards, Amy Bastow
Prod Company:
National Geographic
Nat Geo Channel

"It’s an amazing piece of work, a fascinating insight…”. “4 Stars”

 Margaret Pomeranz, At The Movies
ABC1 - 21 August 2014

“The film is compelling, suspenseful, and very personal.”

 Nicole Sperling,
Entertainment Weekly, 5 August 2014

“The scientific discoveries of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D make it informative and intellectually satisfying. But it’s the human experience of a boyhood dream becoming a vivid reality that gives the film emotional depth. All in all, DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D is a grand, thrilling, and inspirational ride.”

Kristy Puchko
CinemaBlend, August 2014

"Fans of the director and oceanography gearheads should swoon to the immersive, visually spectacular images of the ocean floor, plus the nuts-and-bolts details of getting there and back again”

Scott Foundas
Variety, 1 August 2014

“But if the three hours of filming Cameron did in the Trench yield little obvious drama, the story of how the Deepsea Challenger reached those depths makes up for it.”

John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter, 1 August 2014

“The result is an entertaining and educational look at the enormous effort it took to pull off the deepest solo dive in history.”

Carl Franzen
The Verge, 6 August 2014

”enthralling documentary…” – ”a singular saga…”

The Wall St Journal, 7 August 2014

“At its best, the film is a staggering underwater spectacle, a cinema of attractions that outclasses each of Cameron’s previous technical achievements: Creating Pandora from scratch was impressive, but showing us previously unfathomable and unseen new frontiers of our own world is a far more profound success.”

David Ehrlich
AV Club, 7 August 2014

“Along with its visual wonders, the film engenders some genuine suspense”

Michael Sauter,
Film Journal International, 7 August 2014

“When Deepsea Challenge hones in on the story of a team battling the odds, it’s riveting. The build stage’s parabolic successes snowball into pure tension during the crew’s eventual trial missions in the South Pacific. A scene where Cameron’s guys fight off rough winds and faulty equipment to cast off before rougher tide times is like a nerdier Perfect Storm.”

Matt Patches
IGN, 7 August 2014