FISHPOOP4LIFE: Documenting The Sustainability of Aquaponics

Documenting two fish researchers at UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and their aquaponics research, which combines conventional aquaculture with hydroponics.
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James Biddle
Video / Web
Athens, Georgia
United States
2 Team Members

FISHPOOP4LIFE Needs you!

My name is James Biddle and I’m an editor, filmmaker and media arts professor at the University of Georgia. In 2012, two fish researchers at UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry asked me to design an introductory video on their aquaponics research, which combines conventional aquaculture (raising fish and shellfish in tanks), with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.

My time working with Dr. Robert Bringolf and Researcher Robert Ratajczak ("The Bobs") has convinced me of aquaculture’s potential as a more widely used food and clean water source. As both a filmmaker and proponent of sustainable living, I hope to leverage my passion and practical skills into an introductory webisode series and in-depth documentary to spark wider interest in the practice.

What Will The Project Entail?

Over the course of three years, I will document and present how these two men, along with their students and colleagues, are building, modifying, and improving the aquaponics apparatus for sustainable food and water. I intend to film not only those involved with the two researchers, but others who work with aquaponics, international efforts to build these systems, individuals who build and use aquaponics systems, and efforts by schools and businesses to create sustainable food sources. By the third year of the work, I hope to have the researchers build an apparatus at my home so I can try to live on the fish and produce for three months, possibly six months, or longer (and finally realize the dream of having my very own fish taco farm...because who wouldn't want their very own fish taco farm?).

What is Aquaculture?

Aquaculture is a sustainable and symbiotic environment shared by fish, bacteria and plant life. In aquaculture, fish effluents are collected and led to a hydroponic system where nitrogen-fixing bacteria break them down into nutrients. Plants feed on these nutrients and filter the water, which is ultimately recirculated back to the animals.  (Wikipedia). While still a bit obscure, especially in the US, more and more homes and communities are adopting aquaculture as a sustainable source of food and water.

Why Invest?

Beyond helping to spread the word on aquaculture, those who invest will receive incentives such as:

  • discounts on professional editing training on Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere, etc. 
  • exclusive recipe videos from Chef Emilee Greer
  • associate producer and producer credits on the webisode series and documentary film
  • special access to aquaculture research notes
  • an invitation to the annual Warnell Fish Fry (an aquaculture “farm to table” event)

What We Need & What You Get

For this project, I've budgeted approximately $20,000.  The budget covers a minimal amount of equipment to add to what I already own.  This equipment will help with storage for the media we shoot and extended power for the camera. lights, etc. 

Aside from equipment and travel, a budget to pay students to help with the project is included in the $20,000. 

Levels to participate are:

$5 A special thank you on the first episode of the web series.               

$10 A special thank you on all the web series episodes and the eventual documentary.

$25 A producer credit on the first episode of the web series.

$50  A producer credit on the first episode of the web series and a ticket to the October Fish Fry at The Warnell School in Athens, Georgia (Travel, lodging, and any/all expenses not included.)  Attendance year (2013, 2014, etc.) is negotiable.

$75  A producer credit on the first episode of the web series and two tickets to the October Fish Fry at The Warnell School in Athens, Georgia (Travel, lodging, and any/all expenses not included.)  Attendance year (2013, 2014, etc.) is negotiable.

$100  A producer credit on all episodes of the web series and the eventual documentary, two tickets to the October Fish Fry at The Warnell School in Athens, Georgia (Travel, lodging, and any/all expenses not included, attendance year - 2013, 2014, etc. - is negotiable), and access to special cooking videos with Chef Emilee Greer.

$500  A producer credit on all episodes of the web series and the eventual documentary, two tickets to the October Fish Fry at The Warnell School in Athens, Georgia (Travel, lodging, and any/all expenses not included, attendance year - 2013, 2014, etc. - is negotiable), and access to special cooking videos with Chef Emilee Greer. Also included, certified instruction on Avid Media Composer 7, levels 1 and 2. Times/dates for training are negotiable.  Textbooks and first certification test for each level included. Travel, lodging, and any/all expenses not included.

$1000  A producer credit on all episodes of the web series and the eventual documentary, two tickets to the October Fish Fry at The Warnell School in Athens, Georgia (Travel, lodging, and any/all expenses not included, attendance year - 2013, 2014, etc. - is negotiable), and access to special cooking videos with Chef Emilee Greer. Also included, certified instruction on Avid Media Composer 7, levels 1, 2, and 3. Times/dates for training are negotiable.  Textbooks and first certification test for each level included. Travel, lodging, and any/all expenses not included.

$2000  A producer credit on all episodes of the web series and the eventual documentary, two tickets to the October Fish Fry at The Warnell School in Athens, Georgia (Travel, lodging, and any/all expenses not included, attendance year - 2013, 2014, etc. - is negotiable), and access to special cooking videos with Chef Emilee Greer. Also included, certified instruction on Avid Media Composer 7, levels 1, 2, and 3.  Also included certified instruction on Adobe Premiere Pro. Times/dates for training are negotiable.  Textbooks and first certification test for each level included. Travel, lodging, and any/all expenses not included.

Please note: Pledges that qualify for a paid “producer credit” on any and/or all episodes and/or a future full-length documentary are purely ceremonial in nature. A paid “producer credit” earned via a qualifying Fishpoop4life Indiegogo pledge will not grant the contributor any editorial rights over content or that content’s production, nor will the contributor gain any financial stake in the project now or at any time in the future.

 

 

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can't contribute, thank you for checking out my Indiegogo and talking to people about aquaponics!  If you know people who might like to contribute, please send them to this campaign!  Indiegogo has great sharing tools to help others get involved.

If you have another way you might like to get involved, please contact me.  We can talk about your ideas and see what we can do.

 

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  • $5USD
    Thank you

    A special thank you on the first episode of the web series.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $10USD
    Thank you

    A special thank you on all the web series episodes and the eventual documentary.

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  • $25USD
    Producer Credit

    A producer credit on the first episode of the web series. Please note: Pledges that qualify for a paid “producer credit” on any and/or all episodes and/or a future full-length documentary are purely ceremonial in nature. A paid “producer credit” earned via a qualifying Fishpoop4life Indiegogo pledge will not grant the contributor any editorial rights over content or that content’s production, nor will the contributor gain any financial stake in the project now or at any time in the future.

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