The vast majority presented in our portfolio film is filmed and edited by Yoeri. He has produced (underwater) films since 2003, while Nicola entered the realm of film production as a scriptwriter and assistant director in 2011 (EU's resource grab / Im Rohstoffrausch). Since Devocean Pictures was registered as a local company on St. Eustatius in 2022, she applies her knowledge and skills as a photographer to all film productions as the second camera operator and director (About us).
Besides directing, filming, and editing our own productions, our work has been used in numerous promotional films, documentaries for conservation programs, productions for NGOs, and educational as well as travel programmes for German, Dutch, Swiss, Egyptian, and Philippine broadcasting companies. Most of these contributions can't be shared publicly (anymore). Other productions are licensed or copyrighted.
We are currently creating content for Statia Tourism (St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation), where we combine film, photography, and written content to promote Statia’s natural beauty, local initiatives, and conservation: Discover Statia by foot.
Discover Statia: Hiking from Lower Town Oranjestad up to the Quill National Park
Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus) after nectar of Aloe vera (Statia, Caribbean)
Discover Statia: Dutch Reformed Church in Upper Town Oranjestad St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands
Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima) hanging out on St. Eustatius (Caribbean Netherlands)
WOW! The nature film
Yoeri provides underwater footage to EMS Films in support of their initiative to film the natural wonders of the Caribbean Netherlands. Together with 360º of Innovation they create WOW! Dutch Caribbean islands as you have never seen them before. Each of the six islands gets a documentary, while a cinema production binds them all together. We provide footage for the teasers (St. Eustatius, Saba and more to come) which raise awareness and support the fundraising. Since we believe in the importance of nature education, we are ambassadors for the project on Statia.
Our latest film productions
Turtle conservation: Community funding and activity
Alternatively, you can watch the beach clean-up for turtle conservation directly on Facebook. The event was funded by Diergaarde Blijdorp / Zoo Rotterdam, more precisely by the visitors of the zoo who decided to donate the deposit of their plastic bottles to sea turtle conservation on St. Eustatius.
The clean-up was organised by STENAPA. 54 volunteers collected more than 200 kg of plastic, including lots of micro-plastic, on Zeelandia Beach, one of the prime nesting beaches for sea turtles on Statia. How plastic causes problems for nesting sea turtles, explains Eleanor Butler, Marine Park Manager, in the clip.
Junior Ranger Exchange Event on Statia 2022
Dive into nature and explore St. Eustatius (Statia) on land and underwater. The Junior Ranger Exchange Event on Statia, Caribbean Netherlands, offers an experience of environmental education like no other. Between July 30th and August 5th 2022 Junior Rangers from Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten came together to learn all about the unique biodiversity within the Dutch Caribbean, and develop positive, cooperative and social skills. The main theme for this event by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) and its member organisations was “Ecosystem Services and How They Support Us All”.
As you can see, the Junior Rangers enjoyed an exchange full of nature experiences (what the liked and learnt in particular). Activities ranged from identifying marine and terrestrial flora and fauna, snorkeling and hiking in our island ecosystems, to kayaking through mangroves (not part of the clip as this happened on St. Maarten). The posters told the story of different ecosystems and how we all benefits from their services. The base of an ecosystem is the food web consisting of producers, consumers, and decomposers. High biodiversity, large number and variety of species, serves best for the ecosystems of each island. Marine and terrestrial ecosystems fulfil a variety of functions and services, also to humans.
Our collections and short film series
Around the world
Wherever we lived for longer, we are called to capture some impressions, ideally a part of the spirit of each (diving) location. What do you see when you follow us around the world to Sulawesi (Indonesia), Visayas (Philippines), Long Island (Andaman Islands, India) and St. Eustatius (Caribbean Netherlands)?
These playlists add a different dimension to our filming and editing work. We proudly present our own productions from around the world. For a full deep dive, visit our YouTube Channel and browse through the stories featuring film on our blogs (see list below).
Take a Minute
“Take a Minute" to relax and refresh your mind and soul with visual meditation. Take a 1-minute break from whatever you are doing to immerse yourself in the beauty of our blue planet. Dive into the scene, feel the energy, open your heart, connect to the subject, look for details and/or simply get carried away!