About this project
We made it! Lets see if we can hit our £12,000 stretch goal and film from the air!
Our team consists of three friends, a biologist, a camera man and an editor, see if you can guess who is who. We are ready to go back to the rainforest and make the film that we started, but never had time to finish. We have excellent new camera gear, a fascinating story and we are totally absorbed in creating the best film we possibly can. Given the chance, we'll make it happen, but to have that chance, we need you guy's to back us (In exchange for some great rewards of course!).
Uncharted Amazon is about marvelling at the complexity and beauty of life in the worlds greatest remaining wilderness, its about going places that few people have ventured and getting a glimpse into the lives of the strange creatures that dwell there. It's about learning more about the people who live in the rainforest, who's toughness and ingenuity allows them to survive the harsh conditions. But its also about the difficult decisions these people must make to survive whilst at the same time, somehow try to keep their wilderness alive.
We want to recreate the sheer immensity and power of the rainforest through the use of sound and imagery. We'll be recording the deep booming calls of the howler monkeys, the bubbling chorus of nocturnal frogs after rain and the distant howls of jaguars. The music we have lined up is predominately string and vocal based and will be introduced subtly - with natural sounds taking precedent. When we're filming people, we'll be asking the questions that no one usually asks and following them where few others go.
The rainforest's of South Eastern Peru and Las Piedras make up part of the Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot, the most bio-diverse region of the entire planet. The jungle here is still largely unexplored.
In our last year-long expedition we discovered and filmed a wealth of incredible species and behaviours that we had never seen in wildlife documentary before; giant leaf mimicking grass-hoppers, clay walls lit up like the night sky with the tails of bio-luminescent insects, the mating ritual of the rare agami heron, elusive rainforest dogs and huge ornate eagles to name but a few.
These are the last few people in the world living a truly traditional lifestyle, being 100% dependent on their immediate environment for all their needs. Of the 7+ billion people on earth only a few thousand still live in this way. The Las Piedras rainforest, our filming location, serves as a vital buffer zone between the rapidly developing inter-oceanic highway and some of these last isolated tribes.
The generous people of the Amazon Rainforest Conservation Alliance have provided us with two months of board and lodging at the ARCC research station on the Las Piedras river. We have purchased two Canon 5D mark II's and six high quality lenses, tripods, filters and audio equipment to produce a broadcast quality film.
We need to raise the final funds towards the film's creation so that we can spend more time doing what we do best and less sleepless nights worrying about our budget.
- Boat hire and gasoline - £900 ($1500)
- International flights from London to Peru £1950 ($2750)
- Insurance for the camera equipment - £300 ($500)
- Medical insurance - £750 ($1250)
- Additional food and accommodation - £3150 ($5300)
- Additional equipment - Flycam, back up hard drives, solar charger, batteries -£600 ($1000)
- Festival entry fees - £250 ($450)
- 5% Kickstarter commission - £450 ($750)
- Perks & rewards £1500 ($3000)
- £9850 - We make Uncharted Amazon.
- £12,000 - We can film from the air.
- £18,000 - We will pull out all the stops, we can spend an entire month on canopy/treetop filming, we'll set up HD camera traps to catch the rarest mammals and we'll travel even deeper into some of the least explored areas of the rainforest.
We are offering a fantastic variety of perks, to thank you for your support. HD downloads, DVD copies of the film, HD footage, traditional Peruvian friendship bracelets, stunning photographic prints, behind the scenes footage, monthly updates, copies of Explorer Paul Rosolie's new book 'Mother of God' and several quirky reward's that you won't see anywhere else...
Traditional Peruvian Friendship bracelets
After being given a couple of these hand-made bracelets as leaving gifts from our local partner's & their mum's, we thought they would make great gifts for you guys too.
Venture into the uncharted tributaries of the remote Amazon with signed hardback copies of Explorer Paul Rosolie's new book
Paul Rosolies book 'Mother of God' details years of exploration in our filming location - we'll be working closely with him through the making of Uncharted Amazon. His tale of discovery vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.
Photographic prints of the rainforest
For the photographic prints, you may choose from our camera mans current collection or from a whole new stills gallery of wildlife and indigenous people that will be developed during the expedition and made available in April 2015. We've put a small selection above, you can check out the link below for more.
For the best rates you will find anywhere, we'll provide your charity or business with broadcast quality, HD footage of the rainforest (£500 for 10 minutes of your choice, £1000 for unlimited access to the full footage library from the expedition which will total 50hrs+. If you are interested in either of these reward levels then please get in touch for more information, we can coordinate specific shots as you require.
Whoever claims that film can't change the world for the better, read on...
In 1996 Daniel Wisinsky produced a film entitled 'Candamo, the last jungle without people'. His film centred on three native Ese eja people who journeyed back to their ancestral homeland, the Candamo Valley. At the time, the area was under threat from oil and gas prospectors and had no legal protection. After the film was shown on a Peruvian TV network, it drew so much public support for conserving the region that the government decided to include the entire valley (approx 100,000 ha) under the legal protection of the Tambopata National Reserve/Bahuaja Sonene National Park. This prevented the occurrence of oil spills that could have devastated the fauna and flora of an entire river system together with the lives of thousands of people which depend upon the river for clean water and food.
- We will make both a Spanish and English version of the film aimed at Peruvian, American and English TV networks.
- We will take the film to more than 35 international film festivals.
- We aim to use the film as a tool with which to help increase awareness of and generate funding for; conservation projects on Rio Las Piedras, projects that mitigate the conflict between loggers and isolated tribes and wildlife research projects.
To tell the story of Las Piedra's we've enlisted the help of local people, NGO's, international scientists and explorers...
Amazon Rainforest Conservation Alliance
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A special thanks to Jon Rawlinson for the Project image.
Risks and challenges
So there are probably a few more risks and challenges associated with Uncharted Amazon than your average project on Kickstarter, but we're confident that we have the ability to deal with pretty much anything that comes our way.
There are inherent risks with venturing into the rainforest. But contrary to popular belief, encountering venomous snakes, big cats and all manner of stinging creatures are not the big dangers. The big dangers are disease and falling tree branches. Fortunately, our team has spent more than one and a half years living and working in our filming location so we know exactly what to expect and how best to avoid getting squished. We are also up to date with all relevant vaccinations will be taking out a comprehensive medical insurance policy. Furthermore, we will always carry a first aid kit, iodine for water purification, a compass & a GPS into the field. A boat will always be on hand for evacuation to the city of Puerto Maldonado.
Filming logging, hunting and native communities.
We have many local and NGO contacts in the region that will assist us in getting to the right people at the right time but nevertheless, there will always be a degree of uncertainty, especially in filming illegal activity. This is one of the reasons a long expedition (six months) is very beneficial, as we’ll have plenty of time to re-schedule a shoot if something goes wrong.
In addition to this, getting to these remote areas is not without problems, river levels can change quickly and drifting logs can also pose a hazard. Because of this we'll hire skilled local boat drivers with an intimate knowledge of the river, we will also be arriving in the rainy season when river levels are elevated and formerly shallow rapids become passable.
Statement on uncontacted tribes
The film crew, staff and associates of Uncharted Amazon take seriously the issues surrounding voluntary isolated native peoples or uncontacted tribes in the upper Las Piedras River of the Madre de Dios region in SE Peru. We understand that from a legal, healthcare, and moral perspective these people have the right to remain isolated, until such a time as they themselves seek contact with the outside world and under their own terms. We are aware that the inadvertent introduction of such diseases has and could again kill a large number of uncontacted tribesmen, women and children, if not completely destroy an ancestral way of life. As a result, we have absolutely no intention of seeking out uncontacted tribes. We have sought council from native representative organizations, and will attain approval of our contingency plans from these organizations before travelling to areas within 50 km of the Madre de Dios State Reserve in which uncontacted tribes are known to occur. Under no circumstances shall we enter the reserve itself. We have sought collaboration with and approval from native representative organisations about how best to approach the subject within the film, so that we convey the issues surrounding voluntarily isolated tribes with authenticity and respect.
Due to the ambitious nature of the project, we expect the unexpected. So to ensure that you get your rewards on time; we have already accounted for two months of possible delays in the expected delivery time. The reasons for delay could include equipment failure, bad weather, or illness. If filming goes particularly smoothly, you are likely to receive your rewards significantly earlier than the dates stated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
So long as you are very small! Unfortunately though our suitcases will be filled with camera gear, but we are considering offering a new reward where you can come and film with us for a week at a remote research station, so keep your eye's peeled!
We do have music lined up but we're always looking for ways to expand and improve upon what we have. Feel free to get in touch but please send us a website/soundcloud where we can listen to your previous work.
Yes. Way higher. We can do it on such a small budget for the following reasons.
1. We are all working for free.
2. We have been provided with heavily discounted accommodation and food.
3. Our accommodation is basic.
4. We've purchased the vast majority of the camera gear ourselves.
5. For some reason pounds and dollars are worth more than Peruvian soles.
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