Trailer for Maerl Documentary here!
Finally I can bring to you the trailer for the maerl documentary! The good news is that both the short version (15 minutes) and the full version (1 hour) of the documentary are now complete!! This trailer gives you a small taster of the final film. I am now consulting with my team and friends for suggestions of how to improve the near-final cut. Following this, we will be able to send you your rewards and complete the project! We would once again like to thank the crowd sourcing backers for your support as well as the documentary making team and interviewees!! Please tell your friends about this film and we hope it will help the next generation of scientists, educators and policy makers to conserve, protect and manage this vulnerable benthic habitat.
Kind Regards, Siddhi Joshi
Maerl Documentary Update
My team and I are please to tell you that we have now completed all the shoots for the maerl documentary! Over the summer and in September, our dedicated team of natural science documentary makers set off on obtain interviews with a range of scientific researchers and maerl experts for this documentary. We would like to thank all the nine interviewees for taking part in the interviews and sharing their detailed insights about maerl. Shot at a number of stunning outdoor locations including Carraroe Maerl Beach, Muckinish Inlet, Inishseer on the Aran Islands and underwater in Kilkerin Bay. Following this, I have been editing away through this wealth of information to have ready a near-complete cut. I must say all the footage is looking fantastic and I cannot wait to complete the final film and bring it to a screening in Galway! Our team have taken many photographs during the shoots and we would like to share them with you here:
We would like to ask backers to send your postal addresses so we can send them their rewards!
Wishing you well,
Thank you & Beneath the Waves...
Many sincere thanks to all the new funders- in terms of targets, we have had 64% of the target amount raised, with around a fortnight remaining.
This week has been quite quiet and I have been considering hosting the Beneath the Waves Film Festival in Galway. I especially would like to recommend the film "Mikono ya Wavuvi" or "In Fishermen's Hands," Winner of the People's choice Award, 2013 (http://vimeo.com/60109368).
"The mission of Beneath the Waves, Inc. and the Beneath the Waves Film Festival is to raise public awareness with regards to ocean conservation and marine science through the use of visual and digital media such as videos. We also seek to promote science communication and scientific literacy by encouraging and inspiring scientists, ocean enthusiasts, and members of the general public to produce, promote and communicate research and conservation through open-access, engaging short films."
The team have a new paper out discussing the impact of film-making and film festivals in disseminating scientific research, complimenting formal research presented at scientific meetings. I am hoping to produce a film of a high enough standard to be able to submit to the Beneath the Waves Film Festival once it is complete next year.
Kind Regards- Siddhi
Dingle Film Festival agus La Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh!
Happy St Patrick's Day to you!
This week, "Heart and Hand"- our previous short film made during a documentary making course at the Galway Film Centre, was screened at the Dingle International Film Festival as part of the New Irish Stories Shorts. I was so excited to see this film in Dingle amongst the beautiful scenery and breathtaking mountains and sea in County Kerry.
In an effort to secure funding and put together a team I met many local film-makers from Dingle and Galway and attended the Fisin pitching sessions, where Irish language film ideas were pitched. This gave me a lot of food for thought, when thinking about translating this film into Gaeilge
Thank you once again for the new funders!! Happy St Patrick's Day
Teams, Timings and Surprises
This week, helping my search for a team, the Galway Film Centre have been very lovely and put an ad in the newsletter and on their website blog:
Already have received a warm response from a professional cameraman, a wildlife documentary maker, a lighting tutor and a production company!! Hence, I am making contact with them and touching base through meetings to talk about the planned project in the coming weeks. Being concerned about the timings, I shall have to miss the March low spring tide.
Hence, all we need is more supporters. We have been very fortunate to get another Executive Producer on board, to add to last week's list of backers (here as well as on Kickstarter). This brings us up to 34% of the planned target. This week we have introduced a new additional reward for 10 Euro backers (also backdated):
A surprise personalised deep sea reward!!
A big thank you to you!
Big thank you to our first supporters on behalf of the maerl documentary project! Since going live, the project has received a very good response, with 14% of the target reached in only a few days! I have been thinking about the best time to do the filming at the maerl beds, after considering the required tides and possible weather. I have also received significant interest from maerl researchers in Ireland, the UK, France and Mexico, who may be able to participate in interviews in some way. Hence, it is a very exciting time, with important decisions to be made.
Thanks a million for your support and please spread the word!