Dr. Louise Edwards: Team Lead, Developer and 3D Artist
Louise is the team lead, developer and 3D artist for Found in the Fjords. She is a scientist, educator and VR designer/developer based in the Rocky Mountains of western Canada. She specializes in creating immersive and interactive experiences that help people develop a relationship with the Earth and the scientific literacy required to engage with the modern world.
Tiff Duong: Story Design and Producer
Tiff is the story designer and producer of Found in the Fjords, is an explorer and storyteller. Inspired by an epic dive trip, she left corporate law to campaign for our planet. She now writes, speaks and leads from dense jungles to remote oceans to the changing Arctic. Tiff gives voice to what's happening in the natural world in order to inspire meaningful action and lasting change.
Aya Walraven: Technical Director and Sound Design
Aya is the technical director, web3 developer and sound producer for Found in the Fjords. Her background is in emerging tech, such as augmented reality, video streaming, web3 platforms and data analysis. Outside of her work, she is an avid freediver, and has a strong interest in the history of the ocean’s relationship to food and culture, as well as sustainable harvesting.
How we became "Three Otters"
It was after a successful day with lots of Orca and humpback whale encounters. Debbie Bouma, our zodiac guide extraordinaire, let us stay for a bit to play in the waters. Since we all were in our dry suits, we floated easily and enjoyed bopping around the scene. All of our teammates were laughing and enjoying everything about this magical moment. Truly a moment we will never forget.
Tiff wandered a bit -- captivated by the snow-capped mountains that seemed to ring the group in all directions and by the dark emerald waters. It felt like we were inside a snow globe, and you could just turn us upside down and it would start snowing, she recalls. Aya laid on her back, floating and taking in the feeling of being there in the Arctic. Lou joined her, and the two “ottered” together -- as sea otters will do -- with linked hands and hearts. The scene was complete with their fins side-by-side in the air. This is where our studio name comes from. We're the three otters, bonded together in that magical moment high in the Arctic.
Izzy Bugge as 'Nora'
Ashley Bugge as 'Orca Mother'
Dr. Paola Marignani as 'Clara'
Dr. Kate Larkin as 'Narrator'