All we need from YOU is to skip that second cappuccino each morning for a month.
To make the documentary in Africa, Arabia, India and China, we need US 348,700.
Sound’s heaps I know, but if just
more of you donate just $100 (around 30 Cappuccinos), we can make the film and show it right here….. And if you come on board with $100 or more, we will waive the fee for our Membership Channel, so you can watch all our films here as many times as you like for a whole year. You will also receive a credit in the documentary
Join David and the Crew on location
We will select one of our contributors to join us as Production Assistant on location for 10 days during filming. In remuneration for their hard work on the ground, they will receive David’s Nikon ‘Doco-Rig’ – including a Nikon D800 with two lenses, digital sound recording unit, camera bag and Zacuto filming frame. If you are over 16 years of age and think you would make a valuable addition to our team, become a documentary sponser and email [email protected] to tell us in 500 words or less why we should give you the job.
Check out our War Chest to see how much we have raised already and watch the short films below to see what’s happening on the front lines of the battle to save the rhino and elephant.
‘The Rhino Hunters’ – War Chest
The Rhino Hunters
OBSERVATION: Unless public perception regarding the use of Rhino Horn and Elephant Ivory in China and SE Asia can be altered, the work of Conservationists and NGO’s fighting to prevent poaching on the ground in Africa and Asia will increasingly become a loosing battle.
To date a series of excellent films have been made about the traffic of horn and ivory. Though, while ‘exposing’ the traffic’, unfortunately they’ve had little success in reducing ‘the trade’. In the main they preach to the converted, presenting the horrors of the trade to a western audience already well aware of its excess.
What we propose is to take a very different approach. We intend to make a targeted documentary for the widest possible audience in China and SE Asia about the trade of rhino horn and elephant ivory and its use. The film would be positively focused, not attacking cultural beliefs and traditions. The film would carry a persuasive message that would seek to enlighten the Chinese and SE Asian audiences as to the origins of horn and ivory and how its use is affecting rhino and elephant populations world wide and how the ‘harvesting’ of these commodities impacts individual animals and their survival. The film would not lecture or apportion blame, rather, while recognising the historical and cultural use of rhino horn and elephant ivory – it would seek to change perception of its use.
The key to the film is the participation of Chinese VIP as presenter and narrator of the Chinese language versions of the film. This individual’s popularity coupled with their environmental work make them uniquely placed to influence popular youth culture in China.
It is the next generation of Chinese consumers (educated, internationally focused, aspirational and willing to embrace conservation) who are our target audience.
The working title of the film is ‘The Rhino Hunters’. The body of the documentary will focus on the hot spots of conservation and poaching prevention. Dropping into remote locations across Africa and Asia. An english language version would also be made. The strategy is to fully fund the documentary through donations and distribution sales. AChinese version would then be gifted to Chinese networks. The Asian language versions of the film would be designed to ‘go viral’ on relevant Asian web sites free of charge. Any profits from the film would be divided between elephant and rhino orphanages internationally.
‘You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.’ (Galileo)