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"Back from the Brink" is a documentary film project that will take you on a thrilling voyage into the world of humpback whales. We are setting out to build a story around three amazing, positive discoveries: 1. Humpback whales are coming back from the brink of extinction. In the waters off South Africa they are now at 96% of the population before commercial whaling decimated them. 2. The whales are revealing amazing new behaviour, by forming ‘Supergroups’of up to 200 animals. It’s breath-taking sight, and happens annually during their migration past South Africa. 3. Humpbacks and other great whales are playing a crucial role in recycling nutrients to the ocean’s phytoplankton, which are responsible for producing half the planet’s oxygen and absorbing vast amount of greenhouse gases. 

We are asking for Kickstarter funds to enable us to mount an expedition to take cameramen and scientists into the heart of the humpback supergroups when the whales return later this year. We will film the event from the air with drones, and underwater with skilled divers. We will also join an international team of scientists on a research ship to film their work in uncovering the secrets of the supergroups.  

We will show how 50 years of whale conservation has now turned into a stunning success story. The whales were hunted to the edge of extinction. Now they are back, and now we are discovering the critical role that these animals play in maintaining the health of our oceans and even our climate. 

Our message is that by saving the great whales we are also saving ourselves.

Check out our website for more info about us - www.tablemountainfilms.com or our Facebook site.

Risks and challenges

The filming period of 3 weeks is scheduled for later this year (late October into November 2017). The whales spend a month in our filming area, which gives us plenty of time. Weather is the only variable, and we do expect some ‘weather days’, but we are experienced film-makers in the area and have already had a successful first shoot with the animals last year. So we are well on the way to making this film happen

We are also working very closely with the scientists of the South African Dept of Environment who are researching the humpback supergroups phenomenon. They are giving us exclusive access to the area and to their research vessel.

We are working with the same film crew that made "The Mega Hunt: Killer Whales of the Cape" for Discovery Channel. We are all experienced, professional ocean filmmakers.

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    Every Pledge helps to make this amazing film happen. We want to share the amazing story of a truly positive conservation story and update everyone on the progress of the film and the many adventures that go with it.
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    Copies of the film, DVD or online link is the least we can do to say thank you for your help! We will also update you with the adventures that come along with making an exciting film like this and also offer you a Skype of about 15 minutes chat with the director of this film!

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    Again a copy of the film, online or DVD/Blue Ray will be send to you to express our gratitude for your support. And not only will we happily invite you to a skype chat with the producer or director of this film, but also send you behind the scenes pictures and clips. You'll feel like you are right there with us.

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    Copy of the film, DVD / Blue Ray are the minimum we offer here, but of course also the previously mentioned rewards will come to you. For this generous Reward we will also credit you in the film under a special "Thank you" in the film.

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    A day with the crew on the filming boat. An unforgettable experience! Travel and accommodation are on your own account, but a Trip to Cape Town, especially in November (which is spring here in the Southern hemisphere) is always a good trip. Joining us on the boat will be your highlight.
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