James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge (Documentary)

  • 'Deep Sea Challenge 3D' Trailer 'Deep Sea Challenge 3D' Trailer
  • 'Deep Sea Challenge 3D' Promo Video 'Deep Sea Challenge 3D' Promo Video
  • An interview with James Cameron An interview with James Cameron
  • 'Deep Sea Challenge' (Long Way Down) 'Deep Sea Challenge' (Long Way Down)

Amy co-composed the score for James Cameron’s 3D feature documentary, Deepsea Challenge. This film documents his incredible descent to the deepest part of the world’s oceans, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. James Cameron is loved the world over for his epic feature films (Titanic, Avatar and Terminator to name a few). In Deepsea Challenge, we are thrown into the adventure, the challenge, the breath-takingly emotional and incredibly heroic journey to the deepest depths of the ocean.

On Friday the 8th of August 2014, Deepsea Challenge opened in more than 300 locations across the United States, to reviews such as “…an enthralling documentary” (Wall Street Journal) and “…it’s an amazing piece of work, a fascinating insight...” (Margaret Pomeranz, At The Movies ABC1). Deepsea Challenge screened in cinemas across the United States, Asia, in Australia and throughout Europe. Deepsea Challenge also screened on-board all Virgin Australia flights during its international release. Amy’s work on the documentary recently earned her a nomination for ‘Best Original Score’ at the 2015 AFI/AACTA Awards.

Check out the trailer or take a peek around the Deep Sea Challenge website.

  • Testing out 'Challenger' (the dive capsule) Testing out 'Challenger' (the dive capsule)
  • 'Challenger' Lifted on Deck 'Challenger' Lifted on Deck
  • Inside 'Challenger' Inside 'Challenger'
  • Reaching Bottom During Test Drive Reaching Bottom During Test Drive
  • Mermaid Sapphire Launch Ship Mermaid Sapphire Launch Ship
  • 'Challenger' Descending 'Challenger' Descending
  • Deep Sea Challenge Deep Sea Challenge
  • Ascending From Mariana Trench Ascending From Mariana Trench
  • James Cameron James Cameron


‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’ – Credits
Format Feature Documentary (2014)
Client National Geographic
Director Ray Quint
Producers Lisa Truitt, James Cameron
Post Production Supervisor Marc van Buuren
Composers Amy Bastow, Brett Aplin and Ricky Edwards
Score Producer David Hirschfelder
Orchestrator James Lee
Recorded at Allan Eaton Studio, Melbourne
Performed by The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Brett Kelly
Mixed at Trackdown Studios, Sydney (5.1 surround sound)
Mixed by Jason Fernandez
Music Manager and Guru Peter Hoyland
  • Nominated for “Best Original Music Score” at the 2015 AFI|AACTA Awards (Amy Bastow, Ricky Edwards and Brett Aplin).
  • Nominated for “Best Cinematography in a Documentary” at the 2015 AFI|AACTA Awards.
  • Nominated for “Best Feature Length Documentary” at the 2015 AFI|AACTA Awards.
  • Nominated for “Best Achievement in Sound for a Documentary” at the 2014 ASSG Awards.
  • Nominated for “Best 3D Documentary Film” at Camerimage (2014)
  • Nominated for “Best Sound Editing – Feature Documentary” at the 2015 Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards, USA
  • Blue Ocean Film Festival, Florida
  • Deauville American Film Festival


What the Critics Say

“…it’s an amazing piece of work, a fascinating insight…”

“4 Stars” from Margaret Pomeranz, At The Movies ABC1, 2014

“…enthralling documentary…”

The Wall St Journal, 7 August 2014

“…Cameron has been able to mix business with pleasure by applying his fertile imagination to actual science…”

Martin Tsai, LA Times, 8 August 2014

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

Nicole Sperling, Entertainment Weekly, 5 August 2014

“…pretty exciting…”

Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post, 7 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

“…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

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