The winter of 2015-2016 wrought devastating floods throughout the UK. But really, barely a month goes by without someone, somewhere, suffering a flood event. There is a tremendous energy in people to do something about this, but so often communities are left not knowing what to do to seriously engage with this issue. All too frequently people are left feeling isolated, and abandoned. As the saying goes, they are “sick of sandbags and sympathy”.
High Water Common Ground aims to change that. Through this production I have travelled the country to interview experts – at local and national scales – to help us learn from each other’s best practise, and most innovative ideas. In doing so, I have gained the support of a number of respected stakeholders. And now, through crowdfunding, I hope to gain the support of you too.
If there is tension between parties, if there is uncertainty in the way forward, all we have to do is find some common ground on which to resolve the problem.
Once finished, High Water Common Ground will be a tool for people to come together and engage in innovative flood risk management for their homes and local environment.
Imagine a place where you could instantly find expert advice, from someone who knows what it’s like to be flooded, someone who knows the traps and pitfalls of trying to get things done, and someone who talks to you as an equal.
That’s what I’m creating on www.highwaterfilm.co.uk. I already have so many brilliant insights and extra interviews from the contributors to High Water Common Ground, but there are so many more stories out there. That’s why I need to utilise the stretch goals of this campaign (more on stretch goal below), to keep producing as many of these short films as I can.
Furthermore, www.highwaterfilm.co.uk will be a place where professional organisations can showcase their expertise and share their contact details. So once you’ve watched the videos to find out what you could do in your local area, you’ll be able to find the right people to talk to to make it happen.
Kickstarter is an all-or nothing platform with a fixed target – and if a project doesn’t reach that target then the campaigners get nothing. But what if a target is reached – can the project still grow? It can with Stretch Goals.
Stretch Goals mean that I can make the funding target the bare minimum that the film needs to be completed, and be open about the fact that I can go above and beyond that bare minimum if we can generate more funding.
So if this project has reached it’s goal, but you still think it’s worth investing in – please do! With stretch goals I can guarantee that I will put your money into making this project even better.
Meet The Production Team
Producer Andy Clark is an MSc graduate of Ecology and Environmental Management, and passionate communicator of science. Andy is an award-winning filmmaker aka. The Top Of The Tree, presenter and experienced voice artist, and will be providing the voice-over narration for this film.
First Camera Ben Sadd is an award-winning photographer aka. The Trail To Anywhere. His extraordinary adventures and stunning ability behind the lens hold him in great acclaim.
Sound Recordist and Composer Peter Baumann is an exceptionally talented young composer and sound designer, whose dissertation piece The Evolution of Madagascar, received the first 100% ever awarded from the University of York's Department of Music.
Meet The Stars
A huge number of people - from concerned citizens to academics to local and national authorities (and everyone in between) - have shared their stories and expertise to make High Water Common Ground possible. Those whose stories that will directly feature in High Water Common Ground are shown below, but you can find a full list of every great person who's contributed to the foundations of this film on www.highwaterfilm.co.uk
This project, High Water Common Ground and the proposed expansion of High Water Film as a resource, has not been commissioned by any organisation or official body. All I want to do is to produce something that will answer a call for more information and support. I want to help people tackle the threat of flooding, because it's not going away - in fact it's arguably going to get worse and worse under climate change.
This is something that we're all a part of. The effects of flooding aren't limited to the towns and properties that flood waters hit; the effects reverberate through the national economy, through food supply, through traffic and road works, through insurance, through the media, through politics, until flooding reaches and effects every one of us.
The type of projects that are explored in High Water Common Ground serve to not only address the issue of flooding, but a plethora of other benefits when partnerships are formed and people find ways to work together. Call me an idealist, but I'm not here to point fingers or assign blame. I've made this film for you, and whatever you do, I hope that you feel the benefit.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is that no-one will hear about this project and it'll go nowhere. However, with a dedicated community of official supporters on board, the framework's already there for this to make a good impact.
Furthermore, some of the funds from this campaign will go into hiring a social media / press officer to help us get the word out there even more effectively.
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