Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Labventure Films

Strange things are happening in the Gulf of Maine. Once abundant native species, such as Cod are becoming more scarce, while populations of creatures from the south, such as black sea bass, have been rising for years — and they’re sticking around. And while the lobster fishery has been robust, lobsters are showing up in traps earlier and earlier.

What’s going on with these species, and why are these changes occurring? How might these events affect the future of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem? As part for the LabVenture interactive learning program, Upswell filmed and edited six documentary films that pursue these questions. Focusing on the experiences of a lobsterman-scientist, a research scientist studying black sea bass, and a climate scientist who specializes in data modeling, these films provide the narrative storytelling backbone to the students’ interactive activities at the center.

These films are projected on a large panorama and on each of the research tables, providing background and rationale to the scientific inquiry undertaken by students. Each of the storylines highlight the diversity of scientific endeavors, help make the work of scientists accessible to students, and from a scientific perspective, explore the visible and invisible effects of a changing environment on the ecosystem Maine communities have traditionally relied upon for their livelihoods.

Narrative storytelling frames science questions and issues that kids explore in LabVenture interactive activities.

Location scouting for underwater dive
Filming under choppy conditions around Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Interview with Curt, the lobsterman-scientist, at the pier.


  • Cohen Center for Interactive Learning


  • Portland, ME


  • 2018


  • Energy Films
    • Field Production