About this project
SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION is a thrilling and inspiring documentary adventure to save the world’s greatest predator – the shark.
Discovering that sharks are being hunted to extinction, and with them the destruction of our life support system - activist and filmmaker Rob Stewart embarks on a dangerous quest to stop the slaughter. Following the sharks – and the money – into the elusive pirate fishing industry, Stewart uncovers a multi-billion dollar scandal that makes us all accomplices in the greatest wildlife massacre ever known.
Sharks are a framework for life in the oceans upon which we depend. 200 million years before the dinosaurs, before trees, through five mass extinctions - sharks have shaped our world.... but now we're killing 150 million sharks a year! And the craziest part - scientists can only account for 70 million of those. There are 80 million sharks a year that are being killed and going missing! This must be stopped - and we know a movie can change everything!
In 2007 we released the film Sharkwater – which brought the plight of sharks to more than 124 million people - educating the masses about shark fin soup and the practice of finning - where fishermen keep just the fins and discard the bodies. Then something beautiful happened... people fought for sharks!
Conservation groups were created, shark finning was banned throughout much of the world, shark fin imports to China dropped as much as 70%, and today shark finning is illegal in many places - including California and New York. This was a great success because information engaged our emotions, our humanity, and we changed.
Now we have to save sharks from more than soup...we need to save them from industries that are lying, and selling them to us...
Through developing SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION, we've found the 80 million missing sharks! They're going into our cosmetics, pet food, livestock feed, fertilizer and vaccines! They're even renaming sharks "flake", "rock salmon" and other fake names - and feeding them to us so we don't know we're eating sharks!
We've studied the top cosmetics in North America - and have shocking results to present to you! We've been smearing endangered top predators on our faces without knowing it! The launch of our #Sharkfree campaign will be big!
Once people find out where these sharks are going, how we're being misled and that we're contributing to the demise of one of the oldest most important predators the planet has - things will change! But we need to get this message out there!
We have designed a film to bring this issue to the masses, to engage our hearts and minds, and ensure the world changes forever. Sharkwater taught us something beautiful about humanity - that we'll do the right thing once we know what's going on... and in the information age - film is our weapon.
SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION follows my quest to find the 80 million missing sharks… leading us through 8 countries, into the heart of the pirate fishing industry – to expose the scandal that threatens our future. I re-unite with Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd for a great oceanic adventure, have the latest camera tech, cutting edge scientists and the best crew ready to make a film that changes our relationship with sharks forever.....
Our first films Sharkwater and Revolution together won 50 awards - but each took four years to complete and sharks don't have that much time! We need your help to change the world now!
We've already been to four countries, have a story that will make jaws drop, and some great partners to make this film a reality. What's next, is up to you!
Sharkwater 1 brought something different to the documentary genre - an adventure with mafia rings, attempted murder charges, boat chases, hospitalizations - and a story normally found in a feature film. SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION will build on this style to try and compete for eyeballs with big budget blockbusters.
SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION will bring you gorgeous underwater cinematography in 6K so people fall in love with sharks.
- Build a body of evidence against the bad guys to ensure the film does some good!
- Use the latest in hidden camera technology, drones and tracking devices to expose the greatest wildlife massacre ever known.
- A Sea Shepherd adventure on the high seas!
By supporting this project you are helping save sharks by exposing the greatest scandal the oceans have ever seen. Once people know what’s really going on out there – everything will change…
Rob Stewart started his journey to becoming an award-winning filmmaker at the age of 13 when he began photographing the underwater world. By the age of 18 he became a scuba instructor trainer and then moved on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, studying in Ontario, Jamaica and Kenya.
Before making Sharkwater (2007), Stewart spent four years traveling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s magazines and as an award-winning freelance photojournalist. Leading expeditions to the most remote areas of the world, Stewart has logged thousands of hours underwater, using the latest in rebreather and camera technologies.
Stewart’s first film Sharkwater was released by Warner Brothers, Disney, Alliance Atlantis, MK2 and others - won 40 awards at top film festivals such as AFI and TIFF, and was seen by more than 124 million people. Stewart's second film Revolution has won more than ten awards and brought the "evolution of life and the revolution to save us" to the masses.
Stewart is on the board of some leading conservation groups including United Conservationists, Wildaid, Fin Free, Shark Research Institute and the OMEGA Global Initiative.
Patrice is an avid scuba diver, discovering a love for marine life 10 years ago, during a drift dive on the beautiful reefs of Cozumel.
Patrice is one of the industry’s most well-respected film and television executives having built major distribution and production organizations for more than 30 years including Alliance Films and Entertainment One (eOne).
Patrice has executive produced over 30 films and television programs including Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Atom Egoyan's The Captive, David Cronenberg's Map to the Stars, Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring and the 2016 Cannes Director’s Fortnight selection Mean Dreams, directed by Nathan Morlando.
He is a member of the Producers Guild Association (PGA), the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) and The Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television.
We have already begun developing SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION, but we need your support to make it happen. Sharkwater cost $ 2 Million - but we made a film that broke box office records in the theater, got picked up by major distributors, had an epic soundtrack - and changed the world in profound ways. Unfortunately it took four years and sharks don't have that much time (600 million would die in that time)! To make SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION in under a year and a half, we need to raise at least $150,000 - our starting goal! Here is a breakdown of how these funds will be spent:
Securing funding for a documentary of this nature is extremely difficult and though $150,000 gets us going, the cause and the film really needs more. We're competing for eyeballs with Game of Thrones, Avengers, and the Kardashians - so we need every bit of help we can get - to make the film epic, beautiful, heartbreaking and jaw dropping.... people need to share this, and with your help we can do something extraordinary!
300K gets us the gear we need, including RED 6K cameras to capture sharks in slow motion - so we can portray the personality in each shark - letting the audience make eye contact with them. This benchmark also gets us hidden cameras custom built for our mission, a great musical soundtrack to provide the emotion the film needs. This also gets us to a couple more locations including Alaska to film Salmon Sharks and the Gulf of Mexico for Mako sharks!
If we can't save the oldest longest lasting predator the planet has, what hope is there for everything else?
500K lets us take a step up in production value. It gets us a drone that can film high in the sky to film illegal fishing without being seen. This lets us build a body of evidence against the bad guys that can't be ignored!
We also want to show you how the oceans really work and for that we need to travel with a high powered microscope! The oceans are the most important ecosystem on the planet - regulating concentrations of gasses in the atmosphere and producing at least half of the oxygen in the air we breathe!
By showing audiences the magical and beautiful microscopic life that we depend on for survival, and how sharks control this world - we can change people's relationship with the oceans forever.
Remember - it's life in the oceans that allows life on land!
Every year, at least 3 million deep sea sharks are killed just for their livers! These are incredible predators that can live more than 150 years, have jet black skin, huge green eyes and many make their own light to communicate with each other. They're also some of the most vulnerable sharks because they reproduce slowly, and are so excited to see food in such a desolate place that they easily bite on hooks. People protect what they love, and without footage to show people the majesty of these creatures - fighting for their protection will be difficult.
$1 Million gets us into some high tech submarines to venture into the deep sea, and bring back incredible images of sharks you never knew existed!
$1 Million also gets us a full time IMPACT PRODUCER - to ensure the film changes the world BIG TIME. It's not only our future at stake - think of the youth!
Help us reach this goal in order to see an incredible 40 minute 3D GIANT SCREEN version of the film! This goal also lets us shoot with super high speed cameras to show you intimate and crazy moments in the lives of sharks never captured this way before, and host screening events in 10 cities across North America.
Because youth need meaning, and now there's a challenge worthy of their ambitions - if we can get them the information!
Risks and challenges
Undertaking a documentary like SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION is a huge challenge with many risks.
I almost died making Sharkwater as we went up against a billion dollar industry, pirates, mafia rings and corrupt governments. SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION will be a great challenge to produce - tackling an even more powerful industry, the black market for seafood (20-30% of the seafood that hits your plate is illegal!) working on the high seas, and bringing light to this issue. Filming sharks is the easy part!
Aside from shooting, this will also be a great challenge to produce - crafting a story that people bond with, that makes people talk, share and change their behaviour. Most documentaries never get an audience, so we have to ensure we make something special. I want to make something that rises to the top of conversation so everyone has to see it. Hundreds of millions of people need to see this and won't settle for anything but extraordinary! The sharks and the oceans deserve it.
We have an ambitious schedule to complete the film by September 2017, however over the course of production there are many factors that can delay the production such as: weather, health of the crew, permits, equipment malfunction/loss/theft/damage and potential legal battles.
We have a highly trained and professional team that is up to the challenge and are committed to overcoming any obstacle. We've done it before and will do it again.
SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION will be my third film, and I've learned so much on the first two that I can't wait to put all I know to use.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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