The Project

A Creative Commons Film

What happens when HD underwater cameras are accessible for divers and filmmakers all over the world? When a great number of people are able to record and film the underwater life and its secret places? When there are platforms to upload and share underwater video experiencies ?  When there exist rights licenses like Creative Commons, which allow everybody  to use, mix, and share material ? Do you need to film a shark to create your film about them? 

Hydro asks the questions.

The diver and filmmaker Xavi Tello wants to create an underwater non verbal film, with music and material available in the web. The original proyect would have needed at least two years of filming and travelling, nowadays the free access to a Creative Commons or Public Domain videos, adds another attraction to this project. Could we do it??

The Production uses two procedures in order to find footage

1. Looking for underwater videos, contact  their producers and make a collaboration arrangement
2. Opening an inbox to receive videos and music from everybody wants to collaborate.

We will give every creator of videos and music creators, a percentage of the author right's of the movie and additional benefits 

We want to use up to 3 minutes from each filmmaker.
We can also make some underwater shots if they are necessary

The final duration of the film will be around one hour depending on the material selected 

Xavi Tello is currently working as a visual advisor and editor of 'Second World War Series' for Pacific Media .He has been making videos & music under Creative Commons licenses since 2004.

Non-verbal Films

The non-verbal have no dialogue, no narration, no subtitles, no plot, no actors and no script. These films paint a picture, or provide a journey through vision and music alone.

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On September 2009, diver and producer Xavi Tello began to edit and produce short underwater videos with  sound and music creating a web series called 'Visions from other Space'

On July 24, 2010, thousands of people from all around the world uploaded videos of their lives to YouTube in order to take part in Life in a Day, a historic cinematic experiment which intended to create a documentary film about one single day on earth.


On January 2011 Xavi Tello produced and directed the independent documentary 'Color's Notes', and sent it to a film festival. The movie awoke the interest of some people who pirated and spread in the internet.

In October 2012 Lars von Trier made a collaborative film called ‘Gesamt, using material created by a multitude of (professional or non-professional) filmmakers who transmitted it to him via the internet.

Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world.

Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical
infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and

There is no registration to use the Creative Commons licenses. Licensing a work is as simple as selecting which of the six licenses best meets your goals, and then marking your work in some way so that others know that you have chosen to release the work under the terms of that license.

Our license-choosing tool can help you select the right license.


We want your underwater & experimental video

To participate in Hydro, please follow these four simple steps:

1. Check out that your underwater footage or music is licensed under Creative Commons rights;
2. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the video/audio properties on this page and read the agreements thoroughly;
3. Download the license agreements;
4. Go to ‘Submit Your Material’ and send your archives to Hydro using WeTransfer before 12th of July, 2013.

Important dates: 

1st of April - 12th of July 2013: Entry & compilation of footage and music
15th of July - 15 of October 2013: Selection of the material and editing of the film
30th of October 2013: First Cut.


Feel free to send us as much material as you would like to, but remember: to just send a maximum of three minutes of material at the same time.

You can submit all types of material, whether it's fiction, documentary, animation, stop-motion, stills, with or without sound.


Do not submit audio, music, pictures or any type of material you are not entitled to use. A good starting point is that you should only use material originally created by yourse

What is Hydro looking for in your material?
  • Underwater takes filmed at any place (sea, pool, river, lake...)
  • Underwater spots and shipwrecks  
  • Uniqueness and originality
  • Creativity, oneiric images, poetry
  • Night shoots
  • Music or sound effects recorded under water
Submit Your Material

Video Properties

1280 x 720    HDV            
1920 x1080   FULL HD    
compressors: Apple Prores or H264

Audio Properties:

Wav or Aiff Files
  48 Khz Stereo 16bits

Max Duration video : 3 min

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