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MOKO - Soul in the Sea
By Amy Taylor
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Moko Soul In The Sea
Project 2012-04-19 20:23:17 +1200
A new documentary about Moko the friendly wild dolphin
I need your help to get this feature length film completed the way it should be and shown at film festivals in NZ & overseas. If you would like to see more of Moko and help share his amazing Moko-ness with the world please support this film!
The captivating true story of a lone wild dolphin who stole the hearts of a nation.
Moko first appeared at an isolated beach in New Zealand, but his extroverted antics soon attracted attention. He was portrayed as a hero, a healer and a delinquent, and was loved by many for his endearing personality. In the three years he interacted with people he was surrounded by adoring crowds, with thousands of fans on his facebook page following his every move.
But with that love also came a certain kind of danger… that history would repeat and he would suffer the same fate as other friendly lone dolphins. Some said he would be “loved to death”, while others saw a darker threat from those who thought he was an inconvenience.
Filmed in the six months leading up to Moko’s tragic death, Soul in the Sea celebrates the incredible experience of connecting with a wild dolphin, and reveals the conflict that arose around him and the intense emotional journeys of those who tried to protect him.
The greatest friendships can come out of the blue
There are thousands of people out there who swam with Moko so as well as pledging you can help by spreading the word about this Pledge Me campaign… please pass it on!
Some of the footage was edited for a TV3 documentary and a 60 Minutes story but I’ve had to start from scratch to make another version of the film – better and longer, and most importantly with more footage of Moko!! It will show the world who Moko was and also give an insight into why dolphins have to be protected from captivity and slaughter, especially in countries like Japan (if you haven’t already seen it check out the Oscar award-winning documentary “The Cove”).
I hope to finish it this year and enter it into festivals for 2013. The funds raised will go towards post production and marketing & distribution costs, including music and archive clearances, audio mix & colour grading, website, DVD production, film festival entry fees etc.The website is still to come but have a look at the Moko Doco facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MokoDoco
For anyone wondering how pledging works...
This film is made by...
ACT Productions Ltd
Amy has recently directed and produced a documentary for TV3 “Moko – A Dolphin in Danger”. She has also directed and produced a documentary about Hectors dolphins, “Beyond the Kelp”, which was broadcast on Maori TV, and was assistant producer for the TVNZ documentary about organ donation “The Waiting List”. Amy has worked on various other documentaries, short films and music videos as a director, producer, camera operator and editor.
As well as spending many years working as a guide and videographer on dolphin and whale watching/swimming boats in NZ and Tonga, she has been actively involved in campaigning against whaling and dolphin slaughter and captivity. (This seems to have been contagious - a couple of years ago her husband found himself on the anti whaling boat the Ady Gil trying to protect whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary when a Japanese whaling vessel decided to ram them.)
MOKO ON AIR NZ SCREENS
17/12/2013 at 12:06 PM
Moko will soon be gracing the screens of Air NZ planes... look out for him in the new year! DVD's will also be available early next year (Pledge me people yours will finally be in the post, sorry they aren't ready in time for Santa to deliver!!)
Moko doco leaps into international spotlight!
14/09/2013 at 1:12 AM
SOUL IN THE SEA has been selected as a finalist for what's known as the Oscars of wildlife filmmaking!!! Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
A kiwi filmmaker never imagined that her independently made feature-length documentary about Moko the dolphin would gain international recognition from some of the world’s elite wildlife and natural history filmmakers.
The story of the wayward and extroverted dolphin and his unique and playful relationship with people has already started making a big splash.
Just one week after premiering at the New Zealand International Film Festival, Soul in the Sea is now competing alongside internationally acclaimed directors and filmmakers from the BBC Natural History Unit and National Geographic Television in the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
The announcement has left Soul in the Sea filmmaker and director, Amy Taylor, of Abyss Films, delighted and stunned.
“Soul in the Sea was self-funded and made with a fraction of the budget that most documentaries have - I did everything from producing and directing to shooting and editing - so it's even more of a surprise that
it's been selected as one of three finalists for the Best People and Nature category” says Ms Taylor.
“In the past week I've been able to see the impact that Moko's story has on the audience and that makes all the hard work worth it. Having spent much of the last three years making this film it means a lot to me that it's now going to be shared around the world.” says Ms Taylor.
Soul in the Sea is currently screening around the country as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.
The winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of international judges and announced on the 26 September at the Grand Teton Awards Gala at Jackson Lake Lodge in Wyoming. For more information visit; http://www.jhfestival.org/
Amy Taylor completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Natural History Filmmaking at the University of Otago in association with Natural History New Zealand. Her student documentary about Hectors dolphins (Beyond the Kelp) was broadcast on Maori TV. Amy has since worked on various documentaries, short films, commercials and music videos as a producer, director, cinematographer and editor. For more information visit: www.soulinthesea.com
SOUL IN THE SEA in the NZ International Film Festival!
21/05/2013 at 11:35 PM
A quick update with some great news...
SOUL IN THE SEA is one of only four NZ documentaries to be selected for the New Zealand International Film Festival this year - it will be screened in cinemas from July. Once I know screening dates I'll be in touch with those of you who had tickets as part of your reward for pledging, and I look forward to seeing you at the festival!
We also have a new website and facebook page (if you'd like to win free tickets to Auckland's Whale & Dolphin Safari click on special offer on the facebook page)
My apologies to those of you still patiently waiting for a DVD to be sent out - it will be a few months yet because I can't distribute DVD's until after the film has been screened at festivals. Sorry about that, it's all been a big learning curve for me but I will definitely be sending them out when I can!
THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE EDITING TUNNEL...
22/01/2013 at 2:16 AM
All going well it won't be long until there will only be the finishing touches left to do!!! So this is what I've spent so many hours working with... it's a screenshot of the editing project... the bottom half shows all the individual video & audio clips that make up the story... all squeezed together :)
Things were held up quite a bit last year because of a medical issue I've been dealing with, was originally hoping to have it completed by the end of 2012 but better late than never!!
Thank you all for your patience :)
Do your thing!
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18/06/2012 at 8:12 AM
A third of the way there...
30/05/2012 at 1:54 AM
One week in...
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