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My name is Warren Ganser, I am a documentary filmmaker and have created this Indiegogo project to ask you to join me and be part of my new project, a 1 hour documentary titled “Shark Central”. To complete this project, I need your support.
My Documentary “Shark Central” is about the drastic change in the behaviour of The Great White Shark in False Bay, Cape Town, culminating in a surge of serious attacks and fatalities. I also look at the roll of the “cage diving” industry to examine what impact this has had on the situation. This is the story of the local community and how this new threat has changed their lives forever.
I have already managed to film the bulk of the documentary, and with your help in funding the project I would like to complete the filming. This includes interviews with leading scientists and people in the know. I am also really excited to introduce Greg Vogt, an international award winning conservation tourism practitioner and conservation education ethicist, with whom I will be co-producing this documentary as part one of a series of documentaries that will focus specifically on conservation ethics, human animal conflict, and the most important factor: conserving and preserving biodiversity, in this instance the Great white shark.
“I am sure you will agree that there is a plethora of Shark documentaries flighted across the many channels available to viewers. It is then fair to ask what makes mine different? This documentary is the first episode of a series that forms an integral part of a global conservation ethics program. The program will strive to provide ethical reasoning processes to unpack all the relevant facts, so that you the viewer can better understand what is really happening”
“ I have had the privilege to film all over the world on various projects. Making a difference and doing some good is critical to my make-up and it is for this reason I believe this documentary, and the following series of episodes, will make a huge difference in changing mindsets and attitudes. It will achieve these goals simply because this documentary will be used as an integral tool in teaching Conservation Ethics worldwide.”
“ At some stage I am sure the general public asks the question, ‘If the Great White Shark becomes extinct, how does it affect me?’ Have you ever considered the fact that the three pillars or components of our existence are ecological, economic and social, highloighting the fact that we all belong to the same system. We are all linked and a collapse in any one of those pillars or components could cause a collapse in the very system you are a part of. Understanding the relevance of a Great White Shark in your life might not be of paramount importance now, however it being an ‘indicator species’ makes this species a gauge, or measure, of the impact your lifestyle on our planet”
ABOUT THE PROJECT
As I mentioned above “Shark Central” is about the drastic change in the behaviour of the Great White Shark in False Bay, Cape Town, however this change in behaviour has been seen in other migratory area's where the Great White is common eg Australia and west coast of the USA.
What has caused this drastic change in the behaviour of the White Shark? There are many theories, but the one grabbing the attention in the local community as well as leading scientists from all over the world, is a feeling that Shark Cage Diving is responsible. Is this the case or is it an easy scapegoat? Shark Central examines the following questions:
Shark Cage Diving is a massive revenue generator for the Western Cape. Has this factor influenced the scientific research in any way?
Are the Cage diving operators properly regulated, or are there still illegal practices taking place?
Has a viable balance been struck between the safety of the local population and at the same time conserving the Great White Shark.
This documentary is very personal to me as I grew up in False Bay, and even though I now live abroad, I was really shocked when these events unfolded in my hometown and on the very beach where I used to hang out and surf. I firmly believe it is a very important subject, and this story needs to be told.
A very special mention must go out to Maestro Josep Vicent who supplied the soundtrack
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