Dolphin Intelligence Documentary
Dolphin Intelligence Documentary
Explores the possibility that dolphins' intelligence may be superior to our own.
Explores the possibility that dolphins' intelligence may be superior to our own. Read more
About this project
Through interviews, animation and underwater footage this film will explore the possibility that dolphins' intelligence may be superior to our own. The film will hypothesize that our own limited intelligence and human-centric orientation may prevent us from recognizing the true intelligence of other species in much the same way that 19th century western science failed to recognize the intelligence and worth of non-western cultures. Research of dolphins will be cited comparing dolphin brain size and development to that of humans. Comparisons to human society and behavior with that of dolphin behavior will suggest some unsettling possibilities. Could dolphins be more socially well-adjusted and intelligent as a species, than Homo sapiens?
The funds raised for this project will be used to cover a variety of expenses associated with the production of this documentary. Expenses for travel and equipment will be incurred to conduct on-camera interviews with researchers working in the field of dolphin intelligence. Stipends will be offered to interview subjects to help procure the interviews.
The documentary will include a 3-D animated sequence that will require funding to hire an accomplished animator with the necessary sophisticated software to render a photorealistic scene depicting how dolphins sense their underwater environment with their echo-location, a type of sonar. This animated sequence will portray from the dolphin's point of view, their ability to range distance and detail of underwater objects based on the relative delay of high frequency echos that reflect off underwater objects. Using the colors of the visible light spectrum ranging from red through orange, yellow, green, blue and violet as a visual substitute for the spectrum of sound frequencies, we will portray how the dolphin uses her acoustic senses to "image" the underwater environment more clearly than is possible using the visual senses that we rely on. The software used will be Maya, Lightwave 3-D, or a comparable program capable of portraying the scenes in a highly realistic manner. This scene is likely to be one of the most visually stunning parts of the documentary because of the rainbow of colors involved in the portrayal of objects at varying distances and the underwater setting!
Several individuals have already contributed their talents to this documentary. Stunning underwater scenes of Bottlenose Dolphins photographed in the Gulf of Mexico by Denis Richard of Water Planet will be included in the documentary. Music by Richard Houghten, an accomplished experimental musician, has been contributed to the project. Houghten's music has a haunting quality somewhat reminiscent of dolphin and whale songs. Some beautiful 2-D animation is currently being created by Candice DiCiano to illustrate the basic process of echolocation and the 2 types of sonar that dolphins use: long-wave length to get a general view of their surroundings, and short wavelength to resolve details of objects.
Stay tuned for updates as this exciting project continues to develop!
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