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Ocean Science Topics and Resources

High Tide Student Film Festival

High Tide Film Festival key art, Spring 2022. Title against a black and white coastal scene of waves crashing on rocks.

Presented by Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg

Spring 2022

Carribbean reef shark and BRUV in a coral reef

Andy Mann

Ocean Innovation

From exploration to conservation, technology has expanded our knowledge of the ocean. In this film category we want you to share your unique ideas, designs, and imaginings for solving an ocean related problem/ challenge. Why are you passionate about finding a solution to this problem / challenge and what inspired your design? How do you think your idea will help shape the future of our oceans or inspire others?

The following educational resources highlight examples of how scientists and conservation professionals use creative ways to meet a challenge. Innovation does not always mean complex or complicated to solve a problem or to make a big impact.


Fish and kelp in exhibit

The Amber Forest exhibit features plants and animals native to kelp forests. Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Local Treasures

Tell us the story of a unique place, ecosystem, or animal from Southern California’s coast that is special to you. Why would you consider it a local treasure? Ocean habitats and ecosystems are valued in many ways, for example ecologically, culturally, socially, and historically. Exploring our coasts from different viewpoints can help us learn and share why they are so special, and how we can preserve them.

The following educational resources introduce some of Southern California’s marine ecosystems, animals, and conservation efforts to inspire your own investigations and creative storytelling.


Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are some of the most biodiverse areas on Earth, hosting a dense network of ocean animals, just like our cities. Each species plays an important role in the health of the reef, and climate change threatens this intricate system of life. Why do you think coral reefs are interesting, and how might you encourage others to protect them?

The following educational resources provide brief background information about coral reef ecosystems, current challenges facing these unique places, and examples of conservation efforts. This is only an introduction and filmmakers are encouraged to explore and design their films in their own creative ways.


clownfish with purple background

Robin Riggs

Creative Storytelling and Video


  • Virtual Workshop: Tips for Creative Storytelling
  • Media Sourcing
    • All media (pictures, videos, and music) need to either be taken/recorded by you, public domain*, or purchased with licensing. *Public domain - anyone can reuse the media, some authors ask for a credit (name of media owner) and some do not, you are required to verify each source.
    • Filmmakers need to show a link to the source of each media used.
    • Many images and videos from the internet are not public domain. Filmmakers are responsible for looking at the website information to see if permission is given. If you can not find permission stated as public domain, please use another site.

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