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“...the only thing that stands between Planet Earth and a plastic apocalypse is a band of Everyday Superheroes like…”
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We have it in each of us to be a superhero, every day. We really do! Every time you say "No, thanks" to a plastic bag and bring your own, every time you say "I've got my own cup, thanks" when you grab a coffee instead of using a non-recyclable cup, every time you wipe your baby's bottom with a washable wipe instead of a baby wipe, you are literally SAVING THE WORLD. Toothbrushes, cotton buds, water bottles, coffee cups, glitter, baby wipes, straws, shopping bags... These are all things that are often made of plastic, that we use once or twice then throw away, but there are brilliant non-plastic alternatives to all of these!!

I'm going to make the coolest, snappiest, happiest, most colourful one minute film to inspire that hero to come out in you and your fellow world citizens, every day. It's really easy, we just have to remember to do it. And you won't be forgetting once you've seen these kickass dudes in action.

Why do we need to? Well, you've probably heard about our mounting problem with plastic and, in particular, ocean plastics. It's everywhere, around or in almost everything we use. There are a few sides to this problem... The production of plastic, the way we deal with it once it's been used and then how long it takes to break down and disappear. And that's the thing, it can take hundreds (sometimes thousands) of years to breakdown and doesn't ever really disappear.

A lot of plastic ends up in the sea where it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces until it is impossible to remove it. These pieces are called microplastics. Microplastics are brilliant magnets for toxics which are other harmful pollutants that have ended up in the sea. Now, the smaller creatures in the sea often mistake these for food, they ingest them and are eaten by bigger fish or creatures, and they in turn, are eaten by something bigger,... Yes - this is the pyramid food chain that we learn about in school. The higher up we go, the bigger the fish or creature and the higher the concentration of these toxics. These have been shown to contribute to serious health problems that many people are affected by. It a convoluted journey from your toothbrush to your health - but it's a very real one. And that's just how it affects us! We've seen birds feeding their young bits of plastic, whales with plastic bags in their stomachs. The madness of how much we use without even noticing definitely calls for a lot of hard work and negotiating by our politicians and business leaders, but also for our vast global team of Everyday Superheroes!!!

Why can you trust me to make this? I've been making cool, creative, serious, investigative, documentary, short, long, really quite sad, happy, engaging and powerful films for about 15 years - all with the aim to nudge people to think differently about how we work with our planet and our fellow earth dwellers. I'm also going to be sailing 3000 nautical miles across the North Pacific in June with a formidable all-women crew as part of Exxpedition. Over three weeks, we will travel from Hawaii to Vancouver through the densest ocean plastic accumulation zone on the planet, the North Pacific Gyre (better known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch). Why? We will each be doing some form of research - scientific, design-based, creative,... looking at the impacts of plastics on the health of the planet and also our bodies. We will be doing daily trawls to see (sometimes we'll be able to do that just with our eyes, often we'll have to do that with microscopes) what is in the water around us. I will be making a long documentary film for a global audience about the expedition and the issues, with a strong focus on how microplastics are affecting our health, to make people think about this like they never have before - and to look towards solutions.

I want to make this short superheroes film now though, before I go - I'm itching for us to keep inspiring each other to take control ourselves every day in our own little way - a little way that can really add up if we do it all together.

By supporting me to make this film, you will be pushing us one step closer to less plastic being produced and less plastic literally floating around the world.

The funds will enable me to produce a highly professional film, to pay for the rewards, the Kickstarter fees, kit and set materials to bring this project to multicolour life. Any fees that I draw from this for my work as director, camera and editor I will contribute towards the cost of the North Pacific expedition in June. I have a brilliant crew of people working on this who will largely do the same (paying back some favours!).

Follow me on Instagram or check out my website to see examples of my previous work

Risks and challenges

The challenges in making this are few. I have a good idea who will be in it, the locations and the set-ups. Ensuring I raise enough is the main challenge.

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    Be named in the film!

    Have your name added to the end of the film and officially declare yourself an Everyday Superhero!

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    6 pack of postcards

    Get a set of 6 postcards featuring the Everyday Superheroes from the film

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    Handmade Kon Tiki book

    I made a little book about Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki expedition across the Pacific. No-one thought he could do it but through the craziest determination and wild adventure, he proved everyone wrong. I love this kind of story. I'll make you a handmade, bound A5 copy of it.

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    Everyday Superheroes tote bag

    Get an Everyday Superheroes organic cotton tote bag printed with our supercool logo and message.

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    A4 photo print

    Choose which Everyday Superhero you like most from the film and get an A4 print sent to you!

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    Updates and resources for a school!

    Pledge for this and I will add a school of your choice (or nursery) to my group of pupils and teachers that I will feed back to, answer any questions and send photos and videos to before during and after the trip. A great way to get kids engaged and excited about plastics, adventure and science!

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    Street Photography workshop

    Take part in a street photography workshop for the day and I'll show you how to catch some special shots in every day moments. This will take place on a Saturday in August in London. Date TBC

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    A3 landscape photo from Pacific

    Get a stunning A3 photo print of the Pacific Ocean taken during my North Pacific Ocean expedition. There will be a choice of three different images.

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    FORIVOR "Legends of the Sea"

    Choose between one of Forivor’s luxurious ‘Legends of the Sea’ quilted blankets (105X150) or duvet sets (140x200). Made from the softest rain-fed organic cotton and inspired by British marine wildlife, this beautifully illustrated reversible bedding features a calming seascape and marine wildlife to captivate young sleepyheads. Turning over your bedding at night, the underwater world and its inhabitants have transformed into fantastical creatures ready to encourage storytelling and inspire magical childhood dreams to remember. Your blanket or duvet set is presented in an organic cotton suitcase and is accompanied by a set of cards that give facts about the wildlife on the daytime side of the bedding and storytelling cues for the fantastical creatures they become at night in Forivorland. Bedding has been donated by Forivor.

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    Photos for businesses

    This will get you a set of really strong images for you to use to promote your business. They could include product shots, a portrait of you or your staff, images of your workspace,.. We can talk through what you need and get you some fantastic images. No cost fro travel within the M25. Beyond that, you will have to cover it but we can work out the cheapest way to do that.

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    Photo portrait session of you

    This will get you a series of portraits of you - whether at home, with your family, in your favourite place,... Wherever you would like to be photographed, I can take a series of beautiful shots of you. If you are in London or within 20 miles, there will be no travel costs added. If you are beyond, we can discuss the cheapest way for me to get to you and that might be an extra. UK-only!

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    Wedding photos!

    Let Lark Rise Pictures take your wedding photos. I can send samples of some of the lovely weddings I've photographed. My style is natural, beautiful and perfect for capturing the magic of the day. Unimposing, subtle and thoughtful. Travel free within the M25. Beyond that, we can work out the cheapest way to get to you.

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