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Motionless- The Great Pacific Garbage Cluster

Just off the western coast of the upper 48, we have created a new continent. Not one of organic matter, but inorganic.

Motionless- The Great Pacific Garbage Cluster

Just off the western coast of the upper 48, we have created a new continent. Not one of organic matter, but inorganic.

$132
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
6
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 30 2016 4:49 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 30, 2016

About

WHY

It has been estimated that every year the average intermediate depth dwelling fish in the Pacific Ocean ingests 12,000- 14,000 tons of petroleum based plastic. Through the process of bio remediation, this eventually makes it into the estuaries, and eventually our dinner table.  Up to 80% of ALL life on Earth is found in our oceans. It occupies 99% of all living space on Earth. 

We like to think of the Earth as a self-perpetuating system. This perpetual motion is only made possible when all systems are properly working. If the mechanisms that host life on earth are no longer in sync, only speculation and imagination can form the conclusion. 

We want to make this film because we believe it is as important of a problem as the greenhouse gases depleting the ozone. It is yet another charge against our lifestyle as a world wide population, but the damage is not irreversible. There is HOPE...for now. 

For us, we discovered the problem not by cruising the web, but by seeing it first hand. We are anglers, and outdoor enthusiast in general. Our desire to explore new waters, and study the habits of the fish we love to catch has revealed to us the problem. The numbers are not there. We've heard tales from our grandfathers of legendary size fish in legendary numbers. But today, rivers are dammed up, and pollution is running its course. Its having a REAL impact on the most bio-diverse environments that exist. 

How

As filmmakers who specialize in unrefined outdoor lifestyle, we are using this Kickstarter to raise 10% of the total film budget. Are goal is to raise the remaining 90% through brand sponsorships. The most important factor is to get the message out. All of us together have contributed to the 270,000+ square miles of plastic suspended in the Pacific. All of us together have the power of removing it. This is our objective.

The film will encompass the core issues of how we have allowed the garbage clusters to evolve to their current state seemingly unnoticed, and what we can do to solve the problem. Our film will be an adventure. It will follow world class angler, Frank Smethurst, and a few counterparts as they traverse the Pacific targeting different species of salt water fish by fly, and conventional rod and reel. Along they way they will meet with published scientists stationed all around the Pacific who are well versed in the issues we are covering. Some locations will include California, Midway Island, Hawaii, and a 2-week journey by sailboat with master divers and researchers out to the Great Pacific Garbage Cluster. The world needs to be inspired for change. The truth of what lies beneath the surface is what we aim to reveal.  The solution is what we hope to influence. All around the globe, forward thinking inventors are underfunded in their efforts to tackle the garage clusters. In theory, they do believe it can be removed. Lets give them our support. 

 What

Your contribution to our effort will afford us to raise 10% of the total estimated cost. We are working hard to raise sponsorship dollars to fully fund the project. As story tellers, we are committing the 10% raised here to acquiring the worlds best & most creative people and specialty gear needed to take on this project. Currently we are hoping to have it completed by late summer of 2018 pending being fully funded. This initial 10% WILL help us to begin immediately. We will not rest until the story is told. You have our word. 

WHO

We are the very passionate creative collaboration of Shannon Vandivier & Ford Yates. You can view more of your work at ColdCollaborative.com 

Shannon- Director of Films

I was born into photography via my father, and professional freelance photojournalist Kevin Vandivier.

Early on, I was trained to offer brand specific messages using visual imagery such as photo & video. For me, my craft is not simply beautiful imagery. Rather, the end goal is to pull all that is "epic" and "awe striking" into the realm of visual storytelling. Photojournalism is the true gem I have received from my father and mentor.

In 2010, I took a big leap and decided to brave self-employment. It's OK, I was well trained as BioChemist from our incredibly disappointing college education system. A few years have gone by and I managed to make photography an official "career". It has been the best decision I have ever made. In the winter of 2015, I decided to take my film making to the next level and formulate Cold Collaborative with my friend, and partner Ford Yates.

Ford- DP/ Director of Photography

I am native to Texas, but anywhere outdoors is home to me. I find a strong connection to themes of unrefined outdoor lifestyle, while being from a city of nearly 3 million. I have been shooting for 3 years now. When I was not looking, the love of photography found me through the borrowed lens of my moms 1990's DSLR. It some how lifted a ordinary weekend hunting trip into a visual adventure. Everything I saw in the view finder took on a new vibrancy.

The complimentary styles of Shannon and Ford officially merged in 2015 while on assignment together.

Risks and challenges

Some of the greatest challenges surrounding a film of this nature is weather. Because the Great Pacific Garbage Cluster occupies the middle of the ocean, we will need optimal conditions for safety of all involved. This means we will need to be flexible on timelines. We feel extremely well qualified to overcome these types of challenges, as we were born and raised in the elements. The rod and reel were our first tools. We know the water. Our skin has been weathered to withstand the elements. This is our zone.

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    A special thank you from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The knowledge that you helped play a role in one of the greatest clean up efforts the world has seen.

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