Keep the Bubbles Heading Up

Posted on in Adventure + Travel, Nature + Outdoors by Jason Sturgis

Tap, tap…..is this thing on?  I will be the first to admit that it is always a little odd to write a blog post and put it out there into the Internet universe.   You compose your message, thoughts, ramblings, and it just goes out there into the electronic ether.  People log in from all over the world and read it.  Well, at least that’s the general idea.  Writing to a, hopefully large, audience but doing it from the quiet space of your home or office feels like delivering a talk to an empty conference room.  Weird right?  But enough of that, let me introduce myself from the silence of my office since I am new to the Natures Bakery family.

My name is Jason Sturgis and I am underwater cinematographer.  A what you ask?  Yes, I get to film incredibly cool stuff underwater. I know that it’s not your typical career but its what I call work, actually what I call a lot of fun, and it gets me charged up on a daily basis.  What I do is no desk job or defined as a 9 to 5. However, I do wear a suit, a wet suit and my office is the outdoors where I spend quite a bit of time in or around the water. This has been my career and passion since 2002 and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

My first career break came about the old fashion way, I had a very gracious introduction from family friend named Tad Luckey, who operates a fishing charter business on Maui. Tad was nice enough to introduce me to Flip Nicklin, a National Geographic photographer and one of the best whale photographers in the world.   So when the call came in from Flip inviting me to come over for dinner and to check out some footage that he had filmed of humpbacks whales that day, I was absolutely over the moon. To make a long story short, the dinner meeting went great. Flip thought I had potential, and he asked me to come back the next year and help out on the whale research project. And of course ecstatically took him up on his offer. From there everything seemed to fall into place, I met producers, made new contacts, and ever since have continued to have a blast making a great living doing something that takes me on adventures around the world, to exotic locations, and allows me to interact with Nature in it’s rawest form.

Here’s a list of projects where my footage has been featured:

  • “Cracking the Humpback Code”- NDR Germany
  • “Dan Rather Reports”- HDNet
  • “One Ocean”- CBC
  • “Today Show”- NBC
  • “Humpbacks: From Tonga to Antarctica”
  • Pacific Life Insurance
  • “Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature”- BBC1
  • “Shark Week”- Discovery channel

I’m looking forward to being part of the Nature’s Bakery family. I appreciate their support and love their delicious all natural fig bars, which I take with me on my travels and diving excursions as a healthy snack alternative.

Please stay tuned, as I will be checking in and reporting on some of my great journeys and experiences that take me around the world. I hope to share with you some of my life through the lenses of my cameras and provide a peek into what it’s like to be an underwater cinematographer.

Be Well and Keep the Bubbles Heading Up.


Jason Sturgis

I’m a father, adventurer, and an independent cameraman who has been filming wildlife for over 13 years. I have an ongoing love affair with the ocean, which initially served as my inspiration to pursue camera work and documentary filmmaking. I run my own production company called Open Ocean Productions and my work has been featured on National Geographic channel, Animal Planet, Discovery, NDR Germany, Dan Rather Reports, NBC’s Today show and others. In 2007 I joined the Board of Directors of the Institute of Nautical Archeology. When I’m not on-location for a project, I call Victoria, British Columbia home, where I live with my wife and baby girl.


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