We are Film students at the University of Derby, making a documentary for final year submission and wider distribution on the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) and their expedition to Kiruna Sweden to research the arctic climate.
In March 2011 Jessica Victor was offered the opportunity of a lifetime to document an expedition undertaken by the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM). She was given permission to film not only at the base but also on board the aircraft, with the opportunity to go with the team abroad. Unfortunately as she was under going treatment for T-Cell Lymphoma at this time she was unable to start the project.
However once rejoining Derby University the project was seen as viable for both the end of year project submission and film festivals. This was made possible by the equipment the university can provide and a dedicated team of final year students.
The documentary will be following FAAM as they provide the atmospheric research community with valuable data on the Arctic, to ensure improved future predictions on the climate. To achieve this they will be flying their Atmospheric Research Aircraft between 35,000 feet and as low as 50ft above the sea, while testing the atmosphere with specialist equipment. This will be covering surveys of the arctic ice density, surface sources of aerosols, measurements of aerosols moving over the boundary of the Troposphere and microphysical properties of clouds.
To fully cover this exciting research we will be interviewing various key members of the FAAM and the research scientists going on the detachment. This will take place both at their base in Bedfordshire (UK) but also in Kiruna, Sweden. Production will start after the 08/02/13 and will finish around 10/04/13. Covering the whole process of this research expedition and some of the outcomes.
In total we aim to create three edits of the film:
- A 10 minute short for final project submission at Derby University
- A 30 minute edit for Film Festival submission
- A full hour documentary
We have already gathered test shoot footage of the plane, which looks good and highlights the size of the project. Along with this we have started confirming our potential interviewees and isolating the areas we wish to concentrate on, to provide an informative and interesting documentary.
What we need, why we need it and what you get in return:
For this project we aim to raise £5500, this is to cover a multitude of costs related to the film, as we need to travel to both Bedfordshire and Kiruna. This is a sizable project that will be producing not only our final film submission for our degree but also a 20-30 minute festival entry and full hour documentary.
While in England we will have a crew of five to six but to keep costs down we will only have a crew of three while out in Kiruna. The length of our stay will be 2 weeks rather than the full duration of the expedition. We will also be getting the majority of our camera equipment from the university so we will have fewer hiring costs.
However we are planning on going to the arctic, so this means temperatures of around -15 to -25 degrees. This means we need to cover appropriate clothing for the duration and covers for the cameras, and a vehicle to transport ourselves and the equipment, to ensure we can get the best footage.
Rough breakdown of our costs;
Flights to and from Kiruna £1000
Hotel accommodation £2500-£3000
Arctic clothing hire £600
Car Hire £300
Equipment hire £500
Now for what you get in return, we are offering perks for contributions between £5 and £1000. These a range of ways for us to say thank you going from special thanks on our Facebook and Twitter, production stills and promotional videos for businesses all the way to a tour of FAAM including looking around the aircraft itself. Full details can be found to the right in the perks list. We will be grateful for all contribution, as it will mean we can document the incredible and un-sung atmospheric research being done to advance our understanding of the climate.
Producer: Jessica Victor
Director: Adam Barnes
DOP: Sam Drake
Production Manager: Smita O'Dedra
1st Camera: Dominic John
Sound: David Watts
Editor: Alex Simpson
With thanks to;
Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements
Other ways you can help:
There are many ways you can help us achieve our goals, not just through contributions. We'd be incredibly grateful if you would share our campaign for FAAM Documentary on Facebook, Twitter or any social networking sites. You can also share the official FAAM Documentary Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/FAAMProject/124725657700836?fref=ts). All support is appreciated, as we can’t achieve our goals without your help. Feel free to contact us and keep up to date via Twitter (https://twitter.com/FAAMProject)