!! UPDATE !!
Hey there, thanks fro dropping by. With just a few hours really left on this round of funding drives I ask that you do go ahead and make that donation. The project will go ahead with future crowd funding efforts being planned at this time. This project is too important not to address. All backers are invited by email to join a closed facebook group where complete discussions regarding this project will be shared, out of the public gaze. One never knows who may be watching, reading or lurking. Thanks.
Being #1 is not always something to be proud of.
Indonesia is the world’s leading supplier of shark fins to the southeast Asian trade - this undercover documentary unveils the raw nature of this region’s fishery while offering a conservation and economic model that benefits pelagic life as well as local sustenance fishermen.
Guaranteed Explosive Content
Using local contacts and hidden cameras FINdonesia will highlight the fishing methods and offer a “live view” perspective of the harvesting of shark fins straight from the boats and shores of Indonesia. Other iconic marine life are targeted in these fisheries as well, including manta rays for their gill rakers and this film intends to show everything this fishing practice affects.
The footage is guaranteed to be graphic, and to some, disturbing while depicting how a legal industry is being exploited to supply an international demand for a local resource.
This work is not just an information project, it aims to change the situation for all - the film transcends with the idea of a business model to benefit the impoverished fishermen of the region as well as the remaining shark population. We are helping these fishermen find a better way for themselves, their sharks and the Ocean.
In concert with highlighting the fishing and processing of sharks and manta rays, entities working with fishermen to promote shark conservation and tourism will be focused on - creating long term income from the local shark population makes the sharks worth more alive than dead, furthering conservation throughout the region and our world.
Your involvement could help change the thought process of the emerging generations in local fishing communities. Allowing them to see that a different option is available to them - one that allows local fisheries to create revenue from a living and much needed Ocean commodity.
Working as an underwater cameraman for the past 20 years I've seen a decline in the number of sharks and an increase in markets for them. I feel that it is my duty to the marine realm that has been my 'office' for these amazing past years to expose and educate the leading supplier of shark fins to the asian market, Indonesia.
In that time I have been instrumental in the supply of imagery for a number of International award winning series and documentaries. An Emmy Winner for contributions to National Geographic programming I have also won International Awards and recognition for self produced short films.
This campaign is important to me as I am a dedicated Ocean conservationist. After having been fortunate enough to work in this unique environment for such an extended period of time it is now my duty to give something back. This will come in the form of looking to reach and educate a community who would otherwise not be aware of alternative options for the commodities they fish.
This film is not intended in any way to demean or point a judgmental finger at the vibrant and culturally rich country of Indonesia or the sustenance fishermen of its 17,000 plus islands, more so the opposite.
It is this insatiable demand that places a massive burden on the already strained marine resources of the region.
The MusicianCraig Gannon
In recent years Craig has firmly established himself as an exciting, highly melodic and modern composer for film and television and has written music for every conceivable situation and medium. He has been a constant in the British popular music scene having performed with entities such as The Smiths, Alison Moyet, Aztec Camera and many others.
'Apex Pulse' - the name of the signature track for this project. Whilst it can be heard in the background of this pilot it will be reworked and included as a special feature on the final project DVD version, a music video for shark conservation.
The Marketing Guru
Brad Holland is a photographer, writer and marketing professional with extensive experience utilizing the Internet who also brings a decade of search engine consulting to business engagements. Brad consults on projects offering creative strategy and plays an architectural role in marketing and promotional planning with the resources to offer turnkey production.
Brad’s lifestyle is designed around being available for unique and interesting projects where his skills are well-suited to the needs of a business or organization.
As an Ocean lover, SCUBA Diver, Conservationist or all of the above this is your opportunity to join a proven imaging professional and fellow Ocean conservationist in informing, educating and offering a new business landscape for sustenace fishermen.
Your involvement will shed new light on an issue that weighs so heavily on the remaining, and fast dwindling, shark and Manta Ray populations of this region.The next generation, will you help them to see a different future?
Use of Funds
I am looking to secure a pre-production and shooting budget of US$75,000 for:
- Additional filming hardware, cameras, lenses and follow focus systems which will be resold at the end of the shooting schedule to meet additional post production costs.
- Travel and accommodation for three people throughout Indonesia and Singapore during the filming phase which will last four months.
- The custom film Soundtrack.
- Filming Permits throughout Indonesia and Singapore
- Packaging and design for the DVD product
- International Film Festival Entry Fees
...and if we don't collect the full budget?
We will fund the project in milestones, look into self-funding to complete principle photography where another round of investment will be sought after demonstrating success.
If we cannot raise enough to even start the filming segments we will discuss with the donors as to which shark conservation charity they would like us to donate the raised amount to.
The Perks of Backing This Project
There are a range of perks associated with this project as listed in the right hand side column and are outlined again here. Each donor will also get their name in the shark guardian credits. We will also periodically give shout out's to donors via our Twitter, @themoceanvibe, which currently has 120,000+ followers.
Spiritual Supporter - The spiritual support of this project is heartfelt. Your contribution is going towards highlighting and potentially stemming the impact these fisheries have on local shark and manta ray populations. Whether you are a scuba diver, mother, doctor, student, plumber, waitress, bus driver, actor or president, there is one thing that unites us, a desire for an Ocean resplendent with mega fauna such as sharks and Manta Rays. Donations are $10
- Shark Guardians - For just a $20 donation you get your name in the credits
- Shark Style - Project Tees will be sent to those who make a $75 donation
- Manta Missionary - A project Tee plus a fine art print of a majestic Manta Ray goes to those who donate $125
- Ocean Spirit - A project Tee shirt, a printed still from the location and a signed copy of the Bluray DVD to donors of $250
- Project Wardens - For those who donate $500 you will be personally thanked on camera in a Special Feature that will appear on the finished Bluray DVD, receive a signed copy of the DVD as well as a fine art print on Canvas of a Whaleshark in Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia.
Ocean Advocates - This perk is offered to commercial, educational and SCUBA industry related entities. Selecting this perk indicates your allegiance to Ocean conservation issues especially those relating to the shark and manta ray species of the World. The cost of this Perk is $750.
Outreach Associate - Donate $2000 and you will receive a guided tour of the target island in this documentary. I will personally take you through the fish market to witness the problems and then introduce you to some of the people your donations are helping to change. *International flights to the start location of Bali are not included.
- Associate Producer - Receive Associate Producer title on the finished film project and also receive an Invitation to attend a screening at a film festival in your country or nearest country where we will be submitting the film. Donation requirement is $3000
- Production Affiliate - You have a production house and are looking for a joint venture? We are offering two production houses the option of receiving a full 'produced in association with' credit. This will be fully iMDB endorsed. Donation requirement $15000
- Executive Producer - Donate $25000 to the project and we will give you a full Executive Producer credit plus a VIP invitation to one National and one International festival screening of the finalized project. You will also receive a project Tee, a signed Bluray DVD and fine art print from the location.
Help us to stem the flow of fins into SE Asia and stop this insidious trade.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute and we understand that, these are lean times we are living in. However that doesn't mean you cant help as we are also living in very 'Social' times given the propensity for many people to have some form of Social Media profile. Share this with your friends and help spread the word.
You will notice an array of share features here on Indiegogo, all it takes is a click for you to send this out to your friends and social following. That act, if it results in one of your friends supporting this project is as important as you making a donation yourself. All in all, you're doing your part for the Oceans, for future generations in lands where otherwise they wouldn't have the luxury of choice, and for the sharks.