THANKS OCEAN-LOVERS WORLDWIDE, THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED, AND WE MET THE STRETCH GOAL. HOORAY!! PLEASE KEEP SUPPORTING AND DONATING TO HELP US REACH THE OVERALL FUNDING GOAL (AUD$234,700). VISIT: WWW.THEMAPTOPARADISE.COM/HOWTOGETINVOLVED
If a ‘Map to Paradise’ existed, what would this map look like?
We will take you on a journey to discover what ‘underwater paradise’ might look like, and to show you that dreams do come true.
We want to make sure that people feel and believe that it is possible to save our planet.
On the way, we will visit the old wealthy fishing ports of Europe and some far off remote islands in Asia where an old chief sets sail to spread the knowledge of what a new world might look like. You’ll meet a fisherman from a sleepy fishing village of Greece, who laments that he is the last generation of fishermen – as he says there are no fish left to fish.
Meanwhile, in his neighbouring country of Italy, lives a scientist, who dreams big and beyond his time. He meets a prince, who helps him on his quest to save the ocean, while a former park ranger from the United States meets a Hollywood celebrity, who also has the power to change the fate of our dying underwater world, to turn it back into a brilliant underwater paradise like it once was - before the advent of fishing and navigation technology changed our blue world forever.
The quest to document this story about finding our way to paradise isn’t an easy journey – on the way, (we) the filmmakers risk our lives in the process of filming this story, but we pick ourselves up after tragedy hits.
We continue the quest, because it is important to show the world that we must never lose sight of this end dream.
What this project means to us:
This documentary campaign is more than just a project to us.
Sadly, co-director James Sherwood nearly lost his life in a dive accident, while filming on the research shoot. As a part of the story, James hopes to return to the marine protected area where the incident occurred to face his fears, and hopefully inspire people around the world to join him on the quest for The Map to Paradise. James lives by the ocean, has grown up with the ocean, and is determined to continue his love for the ocean.
It won't be an easy journey, but the story isn't about us; we're doing it for the world.
Over the last few years, we've travelled around Australia making five short films on marine protected areas, and so creating a feature documentary which looks at the global picture is naturally the next step for us.
More about the crew:
JAMES SHERWOOD is a director, cameraman and editor, who grew up in the film and television industry with the dream to become an underwater cameraman. James first started at the Sydney-based production house ZSPACE as a junior, and over a decade and a half has evolved with the industry performing the roles of a runner, tape operator, assistant editor, editor and cameraman. He has worked on and off on a range of jobs, which have included documentaries, music videos, show reels, commercials, promotional packages and a range of other content for the major Australian networks. His love of nature drove him to take a detour in his career, and so he left Sydney for a few years to graduate with a Bachelor of Marine Science from James Cook University in north Queensland. Now, he still freelances occasionally, while living his childhood dream of working on films to do with nature with Danielle. The highlight of his filming career was swimming with the manta rays in Ningaloo Marine Park with researcher Frazer McGregor. While filming the mantas at a cleaning station, a curious dugong came to say hello and playfully swam beside him.
DANIELLE RYAN is a director, producer, writer and editor. She has a passion for exploring challenging topics which people don’t know a lot about. She first undertook documentary and magazine publishing internships at high school. However, she felt the idea of documentary filmmaking was a pipe dream, until her introduction to broadcast began at Nine Network Australia where she trained with the news desks for six months. She went on to convince film and post-production expert James Sherwood to join her on her adventure, and led the way as a journalist and producer to secure a story about child labour in Nicaragua, which aired on Datelines SBS, 2011. Afterwards, she moved into speech writing and media working for the Australian Government, so she could learn how policy and politics works. She also used this time to learn how to edit and film for broadcast in Canberra and New York at technical colleges. Five years later, the duo has won eight film festival awards. She also has a degree in creative writing and a master of international relations. Like James, she loves the ocean and exploring the world. Locking eyes with the leopard shark was one of the most mesmerising experiences of her life. This graceful and usually shy creature, which looks very much like a miniature whale shark, might have collided into her, if she hadn’t snapped out of it and moved swiftly out of its way.
GINA GRIMALDI is the Impact Producer, sharing her knowledge and skills with the team pro bono. She is a Corporate Partnerships Executive with UNICEF Australia, and is keen to share her knowledge in fundraising and partnerships management. Gina has worked on a number of partnerships with corporate giants, including QANTAS, Commonwealth Bank Australia and Starwood Hotels and is passionate about creating meaningful partnerships that can achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Prior to working at UNICEF, Gina worked for seven years in marketing at two of Australia’s top media firms, Bauer Media and Fairfax Media, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Film from the University of New South Wales, alongside a Masters in Management from the University of Technology Sydney. In her spare time, Gina has volunteered for a number of arts and not-for-profit groups within her community, specialising in fundraising and outreach events. Gina is joining The Map to Paradise campaign, because she feels it’s vitally important that global citizens, especially citizens in the developed world, understand how crucially important the oceans are to our life on earth. Gina hopes The Map to Paradise campaign inspires people to make small changes in their everyday lives to help conserve the ocean and its creatures.
How we are spending the funds:
This documentary campaign project is our pride and joy, and we believe it can make a positive difference in the world, and inspire people to get involved in the marine protected area movement. That's why we've invested well over AUD $16,000 of our own money so far, and have borrowed from family, to finish our research shoot. We then used this vision to make the trailer above, and a website.
The money you donate today will be spent with care. AUD $20,000 will contribute to some necessary items, including to pay a production accountant, so we manage this project effectively, and what is left over will contribute most importantly to our second stage of filming on travel expenses. (However, a percentage of all funds raised will go to the costs of rewards, such as for the commissioning of the beautiful map artwork by Harriet Spark, Grumpy Turtle Design - see below.)
It's still not enough to finish the shoot, but it will help us to attract more donors.
Prince Albert II of Monaco has already shown that he believes in what we can do, and has promised some initial funds, so we invite you to become an official ocean champion alongside the Prince.
Our total budget from filming to post-production to outreach and education is AUD $234,700.
If we miraculously achieve this total in one crowd funding campaign, it would give us more time to focus our artistic skills on creating an epic film!
How can you help?
1. Donate on Kickstarter - Your contribution is your voice for the ocean.
2. Share - If you can't afford to contribute, use your social circles to share The Map to Paradise campaign with your friends and family.
4. Donate to receive a tax deduction - If you are located in Australia and would like to receive a tax deduction, please write to email@example.com. (We will arrange for you to receive a tax deduction through the Sea Life Trust.)
5. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to become a sponsorship partner, or an education and outreach partner.
A big thank you to James's mum (Jackie Sherwood) for offering to donate artworks to help raise funds for The Map to Paradise!
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges is reaching the deadline that we've set for ourselves: a finished product by January 2018.
While we have the skills and tools, like underwater equipment, to make this documentary happen, the main barrier is the cost of travelling and time needed to get to the locations we need to get to.
We need to get to about seven countries to document the epic story we are looking to capture.
However, it's okay. If we can't get to everywhere we need to go next year, and get the quality sequences we need, then our project will be delayed.
Regardless, we will finish this project, because this is a topic we are passionate about, and we've already made five short films (12 mins to 28 mins in length) on this subject.
But, we hope to finish it sooner than later, because the world is running out of time to save our oceans.
Together, we can do it!
Thank you, from The Map to Paradise crew.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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