About this project
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Catalina boasts one of the most fascinating and beautiful ecosystems on the planet. From its iconic species like the American Bison and the Bald Eagle, to its fragile and beautiful endemic species like the Catalina Island Grey Fox; it truly is the last bastion of true wild land in California.
This island and its wildlife deserve to have their story told.
We plan to produce a broadcast length wildlife documentary of the highest quality, on Catalina Island's wildlife. The story of these creatures and their captivating island environment is a story we believe in, and a story we want to share with the world.
Our story will follow the enchanting narrative of three of the island’s iconic species. The American Bison, is perhaps the island’s most recognized species. As the bison were introduced in the early 20th century, they represent the interesting and varied impact that humans have had on this wild sanctuary. The Catalina Island Fox is the perhaps island’s most precious endemic terrestrial species. This little fox nearly went extinct in 1999 due to an outbreak of canine distemper disease. Thanks to a quick response by the Catalina Island Conservancy and the Institute for Wildlife Studies, the foxes were able to escape extinction and rebound, although there are only about 400 left and they are still endangered. The Bald Eagle disappeared from Catalina and the other Channel Islands in the 1960’s. The tireless conservation efforts of The Institute for Wildlife Studies has helped reintroduce and preserve the eagle population on the island.
As filmmakers, it is our priority to engage and understand the Conservancy's mission, which will serve as the foundation of the documentary's content. Beyond our research, it is critical that we understand the life cycle of Catalina's wildlife, the coexistence between species and humans, as well as the history and current state of the island's wildlife. Our film will provide the Conservancy with an opportunity to broadcast Catalina's unique ecosystem. The documentary will reach both donors and public viewers alike, initiating awareness, participation, and support.
You can now be a part of this amazing adventure we’re all about to embark on. The Catalina Island Conservancy has given us unprecedented access to film the island’s wild species. And all of the filmmakers involved in this project are completely volunteering their efforts, but we can’t make this film without you. It is your contribution that will make it possible to afford everything from state of the art camera gear, to film festival submissions around the world, and everything in between.
This is the opportunity for you to give back to the Arts and the Earth. Whether you have a connection to Catalina Island or to the earth in general, we need your help.
Where your money is going...
We believe that when it comes to fundraising, transparency is always the best policy. That being said, our team has put together a chart to show you all exactly where your money is going when you contribute to our film.
I wish there was a way for me to fully articulate what this place means to me. It's so much more than a home to me, it's an integral part of my identity. I've spent my young life going out in the wild hills of Catalina Island. I know them, and I love them.
If you’ve ever been to Catalina, you might have an idea of just how stunning and special this place is. If you have not, then I implore you, let us share the beauty of this island with you. Catalina draws over 1 million visitors a year. With your help, we can capture a glimpse of what it is that captivates the hearts and minds of so many. With your help, we can showcase the beauty this island has earned the right to share.
This is the story I’ve always wanted to tell, and I want you to tell it with me.
- Spencer Creigh
- Catalina Island has 75 square miles of area, only 2 of which are developed into the island's incorporated city, Avalon.
- Approximately 150 bison roam free in the hills of the island.
- Founded in 1972, the Catalina Island Conservancy is the oldest and largest private land trust in the state of California. It protects nearly 90 percent of Catalina Island, including 50 miles of unspoiled beaches and secluded coves - the longest publicly accessible stretch of undeveloped coastline left in Southern California.
All animal photos courtesy of the Catalina Island Conservancy. Catalina footage for video provided by Brendan Nahmias, Dan Duran, and Sam Price-Waldman. All other footage was produced by members of the Cat Doc Team.
Risks and challenges
This is the amount of funding is necessary to make this documentary a reality. Documentary filmmaking is, by its nature, an unpredictable profession. Preparing for the unpredictable is essential. As we will be utilizing top-of-the-line RED Scarlet and Epic Camera systems, camera equipment will be a major cost. Everything else from support, rigs, and DIT to transportation has been taken into consideration so that we can ensure the success of the production.
After we finish principal photography, we will enter a high-intensity post production phase, where our editing team will need to sift through hours upon hours of footage. It is imperative that we have the reliable and secure storage in order to handle this vast amount of data.
Not receiving sufficient funding will severely hinder our production. As wildlife filmmakers, we will have a high shooting ratio, and must maintain that ratio in order to capture the ideal, most organic moments of animal behavior. Without your support, we run the risk of not being able to capture enough in the field, potentially missing those key moments of animal behavior that are vital to our film. We have the utmost faith in our team to make this film a reality. This is team is young, passionate and talented. But every film presents a unique challenge.
With your help, we can mitigate these risks and bring this story to fruition.
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