We will make a documentary on Royal Bengal Tiger, using advanced drone camera in the Sunderban (UNESCO site) to capture unseen film.
We will make a documentary on Royal Bengal Tiger, using advanced drone camera in the Sunderban (UNESCO site) to capture unseen film. Read more
About this project
Do you remember the fearsome 'Richard Parker' - the Royal Bengal tiger in the famous movie 'Life of Pi' (own 76 film awards)? Richard Parker lived on the lifeboat with the boy named Pi, after surviving a disaster.
The Tiger was kept alive in the boat with the food and water that Pi delivered; thus developed a relationship allowing them to coexist in their struggle to survive for 227 days, while adrift on the Pacific Ocean. Our this story is about those real Royal Bengal tigers in their native habitat.
The Sunderban jungle have long been characterized by the Royal Bengal tigers that inhabit the land. Although these big cats are known predators, dangerous to be around, their majesty lends a certain serene character to the area. To be there is to be in the den of a creature that for thousands of years thrived at the apex of the food chain.
It is truly a land of the tigers. Now, however, these animals that once thrived are struggling even to get by. In 2004, there were an estimated 256 Royal Bengal tigers in the Sunderban. By 2013, that number had dropped by more than 50%, to 103. It would seem logical to point the finger directly at ourselves and our poachers, among other environmental impacts, but the reality of the situation is not so clear-cut.
We're dedicated to raise awareness on these Tigers and help research projects with shooting an authentic documentary film. We will be using a drone camera in the Sunderban in order to capture never-before-seen perspectives of this stunning landscape along with its chief residents, the man-eating Royal Bengal tigers.
In light of this situation, our team has taken on the task of visiting and photographing the Royal Bengal tigers that call the Sunderban (meaning the “beautiful jungle”) home. Because the Sunderban, situated between India and Bangladesh along the Indian Ocean, is a UNESCO heritage site, getting permission has presented its own set of challenges. We have already gotten past this stage, however, and we are all set to begin filming in January 2016, weather permitting.
For the first ever, we will be using a very sophisticated advanced drone camera in the Sunderban in order to capture never-before-seen perspectives of this stunning landscape along with its chief residents, the man-eating Royal Bengal tigers. The drone camera is not limited in the way that a grounded camera is, and with the latest technology, the provide ultra-high-quality footage. Below is an example demo video shot by the drone camera.
Throughout the trip, day and night, we will remain on a boat deep inside the jungle, remaining in the middle of nature so that we can film all of the most powerful aspects of this visit - from early morning till late evening or dawn to dusk. It would be like Man-eater on the land and dangerous Crocodiles in the water; and our team will be living and breathing for many days and nights in that dangerous life-threatening environment.
Right now, we are turning to you, for help raising the amount. This operating capital will cover many of the costs associated with our project, making it much more feasible to do what we are doing.
We need to preserve a record of this Royal Bengal Tiger and associated Flora and Fauna in as much detail as we can right now, both for current research projects, history and for the continued expansion of protection efforts in the future.
With your contributions, we are going to make an authentic documentary that everyone can enjoy and appreciate. Thank you.
PROJECT BUDGET & EXPENSES:
We are committed members and ready to take loans if we need extra funding.
Target $1000 : Will be a home production, with top up via personal loans
Target $5000: Can hire a boat to travel day & night in the jungle
Target $10,000: Can hire a nice studio to produce our documentary
Target $15,000 : Can hire professional Editor to finish Editing
Target $20,000 : Can hire a professional Script Writer to write script
Target $30,000: Can hire a professional Director to direct the project
Target: $40,000: Can hire a Sound Engineer to dub sound track (folly)
Target: $50,000: Can hire top crew with professional equipment
Risks and challenges
Risk: We couldn't see Tigers
Tigers are not easy to see by travelers. They can smell others from miles away. The rivers are full of crocs and the land is full of Tigers and other animals. We will be bound on Boat for days and nights
Risk: Our Drone camera falls into water or doesn't work
There is no network in that deep forest and sea/river network. We will follow best practices. But you never know what may happen there. If the drone falls into rivers, we can't even get down to water as full of Crocs.
Risk: Our team crew fall sick and have to come back to base for treatment
We can't carry full medical facility inside that deep forest. We will be taking first aid and some basic medications. We have to follow the safe practices.
Risk: Our fund raising falls short
We have back up plan and our members are committed to this voyage and will personally borrow funds if we don't raise enough
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