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Last updated October 14, 2019

FROM THE ICE ITSELF

A story of climate change through the life of a pioneering scientist

FROM THE ICE ITSELF

A story of climate change through the life of a pioneering scientist

£3,160
pledged of 12 000 £pledged of 12 000 £ goal
71
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 14 2019 7:11 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 14, 2019

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FROM THE ICE ITSELF is an upcoming documentary about the life and work of veteran sea ice scientist Peter Wadhams. The film will explore Peter’s remarkable career at the frontline of Arctic field research and trace his personal journey from polar oceanographer to climate science pioneer. 

You can find out more about the film at our dedicated website

Sea ice is sublime. It’s otherworldly.

It’s integral to the stability of our planet.

And it’s beginning to disappear.

 For nearly half a century, Peter Wadhams has documented changes to sea ice from the very frontline of polar research. He has led over fifty scientific expeditions to both poles via aircraft, icebreaker and even nuclear submarine. 

This film is the story of Peter’s life and work. It’s the story of a lifelong fascination with a now-vanishing landscape, and what this loss means for the future of our planet.

Peter Wadhams has worked at the frontline of polar field research for nearly fifty years. He is the UK’s most experienced sea ice scientist and a world-ranking authority on polar oceanography.

The bulk of his work has always been investigative field research—documenting the dynamics of sea ice from the poles themselves. This work has led Peter on a remarkable personal and scientific journey, and his findings have fundamentally informed the current science on planetary climate change.

A STORIED LIFE ON THE ICE

Peter’s career began in 1970, when at the age of 21 he was scientific assistant on the “Hudson-70” expedition: the first (and still only) circumnavigation of the Americas by sea. On this year-long expedition Peter got his first taste for polar field research in the Antarctic, the Beaufort Sea and the Northwest Passage.

Since then Peter has carried out over fifty scientific expeditions to both poles. Unusually, Peter has also led field investigations to the Arctic via nuclear submarine, profiling under-ice thickness using sonar technology. Through this work Peter has been able to show that sea ice is thinning (as well as retreating) in the Arctic. This finding has had huge ramifications for our understanding of climate change.

In 1987 Peter was awarded the Polar Medal, and in the same year he was appointed Director of the Scott Polar Institute at the University of Cambridge. From 1992 to 2015 he was Professor of Ocean Physics at Cambridge.

 Why are we aiming to raise £12k? 

  • £12k will fund stage one of the film's production. 
  • The first stage is an extended interview shoot with Peter (4-5 days) coordinated by a small film crew. This will be the first step in building an oral and visual history of Peter's lived experience at the frontline of polar science.
  • Once this stage is complete we will have enough raw material to start pulling together a rough edit of the film. With this first draft we can start reaching out to commercial sponsors, charitable organisations and potential distributors for further resources to progress the film towards completion.
  • In the second stage of production we will aim to shoot further footage on location in the Arctic ocean. We are also looking to digitise Peter's archive of 35mm film slides, which were taken in the polar regions between 1974 and the early-1990s. This archive is a remarkable document and we are looking to incorporate it into the narrative fabric of the film itself. 

Your donation will help us to cover the following costs:

  • Camera equipment hire (cameras, lenses, lights, grip)
  • Sound equipment hire (mixers, mics, grip)
  • Set design and interactive props (slide projectors, backdrops, possibly a lightboard)
  • Data storage (rushes and audio)
  • Shooting insurance
  • Cinematographer 
  • Sound recordist
  • Location hire
  • Transport and accommodation

£12k is a minimum budget for a shoot of this nature and we hope to exceed this funding target. 

We've developed an exclusive line of limited-edition pledge rewards especially for this Kickstarter campaign.

Each reward is themed around a swatch of ice thickness data recorded by Peter twenty seven years ago.

Peter took these recordings on board a nuclear submarine cruising beneath Arctic pack ice. The sketchy lines represent upward-looking sonar measurements of ice thickness; large peaks on the graphs visually represent pressure ridges in multi-year ice.

As a powerful visual record of a changing Arctic these swatches are quite remarkable. We’ve paid tribute to them in the pledge rewards listed below.

Investigative Research A1 Film Poster

Investigative Research T-Shirt 

Investigative Research Tee

Ice Draft Sonar Pin with Film Card 

Fuji C-type photographic print (8x10)

Risks and challenges

This is an ambitious project and we are a small working team. A big challenge will be timing - we want to complete the extended interview shoot as soon as possible and start reaching out to distributors and commercial sponsors immediately thereafter. However as an independent - and as yet unfunded - project, we have already experienced delays in getting things off the ground. Much now depends on making this fundraising campaign a success.

With all that said, the beauty of this project is that we can carefully stage it in a manageable way to best ensure its completion. The biggest obstacle will be getting the interview shoot in the can, but once that is done we will have the raw material required to start shaping the film's narrative arc towards rough cut. And once we hit that milestone we can really start pushing the project towards completion.

We are committed to building a strong and reciprocal relationship with our audience, and we see the rewards listed above as a gesture of this. We will keep all of our supporters regularly updated on the status of the project, and we won't shirk from broadcasting delays or other unforeseen production snags!

Every film project comes with its share of risks and challenges, but we are absolutely confident that the universal relevance of Peter's story will carry the production through to final cut. Peter's lived experience is a story for our time; we strongly believe in its committal to film.

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    Film credit

    You'll get credited in the final film as a grassroots supporter.

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    Ice Draft Sonar Pin + Film Card

    In addition to a credit in the final film, you will get an exclusively designed pin plus a limited edition first-run film card.
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    Exclusive T-Shirt + Film Credit

    You will get a credit in the final film plus an exclusive tee featuring an 'ice draft sonar' design.
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    T-Shirt + Digital Stream + Film Credit

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    Exclusive A1 Poster + Film Credit

    You'll get a limited edition "Investigative Research" A1 film poster plus a credit in the final film. Poster features 15 swatches of upward-looking sonar measurements of ice thickness.

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    Poster + Digital Stream + Film Credit

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    Limited Ed. Photographic Print Bundle

    You'll get a limited edition Fuji C-type photographic print featuring Peter examining ice thickness measurements (images below left)
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    + Film Credit
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    Crew member signed bundle

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    A credit in the film as a crew member
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    A1 Poster signed by Peter and the crew
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    World Premiere + Signed Bundle

    You'll get two tickets to the first screening of the film plus all the perks of the crew member signed bundle:

    Credit in the film as a crew member
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    A1 Poster signed by Peter and the crew
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    C-type photographic print signed by Peter
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    Co-producer + meet & greet + all perks

    In addition to all the above perks, you will get a co-producer credit in the final film and a meet-and-greet with Peter and the crew at the world premiere.
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    Executive producer + on-set meet

    In addition to all the above perks, you will get an executive producer credit in the final film plus an on-set meet-and-greet with Peter and the crew.
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