The Plankton Chronicles

The Plankton Chronicles Project is a short documentary series combining art and science, revealing the beauty and diversity of organisms adrift in the currents. Plankton samples are collected and filmed at the Villefranche-sur-Mer Oceanographic Observatory and on board the Tara Oceans schooner, using dark field optics and macro lenses or microscopes equipped with DSLR cameras. Christian Sardet from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Sharif Mirshak and Noé Sardet from Parafilms (Montreal) have produced these films since 2009.

The Plankton Chronicles are part of the Tara Oceans Expedition Project, financed by the CNRS, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris), and the Groupement d’Interet Scientifique IBISA.