We believe that the relationship between man and pigeon has always been a special one but it is now being lost in the modern world. Pigeons are seen as 'vermin' or 'rats with wings', when in fact they are highly intelligent birds with a natural affinity for mankind. During our research we discovered so many amazing stories about how pigeons have served as messengers for thousands of years, whether bringing news, sports results or life-saving war messages. Yet how they find their way home is a mystery that is still being solved. Our film will share new research in this area and some of the fascinating history that we believe should not be forgotten. Ultimately we want the audience to learn more about these birds, and feel inspired and uplifted by their loyalty to home.
The main arc of our film will follow one family training their young birds for the first race this summer. We learn about pigeon care, the daily training, and witness all the tension of the big day itself. In between these sequences we will explore the ancient history of the pigeon and its symbolic importance, as well as the heroic stories of some of the bravest pigeons from the second world war from both an expert at Bletchley Park and a veteran with close ties to Mary of Exeter. Finally we visit the Oxford Navigation Group where they share their new research into how pigeons find their way home.
Our film will not be possible without personal stories, observational footage of pigeon lofts and meeting the researchers undertaking new research into the homing mechanism. However, all this costs money, and so most of the funds raised will go towards our travel costs for reaching all these wonderful destinations. Any leftover from that will be used to collect archive footage of pigeons during the war which will add an extra layer to our film.
Risks and challenges
The major challenge for this project is funding travel expenses to visit all our contributors.
We already have access to the required production equipment through our M.Sc in Science Media Production and due to it being our final piece we will be working full time on the project to see it through to completion.
We have both completed many other successful film projects and are confident this will be our best one yet!
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