Plimsoll Productions are hoping to film natural history footage of polar bears predating thick-billed murre nests on Coats Island. We are currently making a 10-part wildlife documentary series with the working title of ‘Titan’, which will be broadcast on a major global video on demand streaming service in early 2023. Each episode is an engaging, character-led story from a familiar habitat, but from an utterly unique viewpoint.
The crew wish to film polar bears on the cliffs at Coats Island for three weeks from 4th to 25th July 2021. We believe this is one of the only places on Earth where this behaviour can reliably be filmed. The filming will create an essential sequence in our film as it demonstrates the lengths these animals will go to survive in such an environment. Time allowing, we also hope to film polar bears hunting walrus at a nearby haul-out site.
In order to satisfy our contractual delivery dates with the broadcaster, it is important we travel to Nunavut this year. Our production schedule does not allow us to delay until 2022, when we will be editing the films before the specific polar bear and walrus behaviours are happening. For this reason, we wish you to consider our work as essential.
The production is undertaking a variety of filming activities in Canada throughout the course of 2021. These will not only employ local people but also engage local companies and bring genuine economic benefit to the regions where we work. Overall, we’ll be contributing more than a million Canadian dollars directly to the economies of British Columbia and Nunavut from this production. Specifically, for this filming activity, we are engaging the services of a local guide, Aaron Emiktowt and his crew from Siku Tours, who are based in Coral Harbour. We will be using Aaron’s two boats to travel to Coats Island, and will use his personal cabin as overnight accommodation, along with two of his ATVs. Our total crew will number seven, four of those being residents of Coral Harbour. The spend locally for this shoot will be more than CAD200,000.
Our film crew will consist of a director, cameraman and a camera assistant. The shoot will be predominantly boat based for the 3 weeks of filming, with Aaron and his team guiding and providing bear security. All of the crew from Siku tours are extremely familiar with the location and logistics of this setup. All members of the crew are aware of how to behave in a responsible and sensitive manner around all wildlife, including the bears, walruses and migratory birds. We are aware of the disturbance rules surrounding migratory seabirds and are currently in conversation with the Canadian Wildlife Service. We have discussed our filming methods with them and it is agreed that our plans will not harm or disturb the seabird colony.
Filming will be done using a camera with a long lens, small remote cameras and a quiet, lightweight drone. We will focus exclusively on animal behavior and landscapes and do not intend to film any of the Inuit community. The exact location of the shoot will be confined to the North East of Coats Island and some of the Walrus haul-outs close by.
The Crew are very aware of the Nunavut territories' position throughout the current global pandemic and are committed to limiting possible risks of Covid-19 exposure during the shoot. As such, we plan to minimize any potential interaction with the local community. On arrival, all film crew will isolate for 3 days in a Federal quarantine location before completing another 14 days quarantine at a Nunavut Isolation Hub. The crew will take Covid tests every day during the isolation period, as well as before and after any travel, to ensure no member of the crew is C19 positive. The 3-person ‘Titan’ film crew will arrive in Coral Harbor via plane on the 3rd of July where they will immediately travel to the harbor and load onto the boats. The crew be provided PPE to wear throughout the journey and during their very short time in Coral Harbor. This team will remain self-contained in the harbor whilst loading film equipment onto the boat. Once securely on board, the entire 7-person team will set sail to Coats Island the same day. The cabin on Coats Island will be their base camp and will be stocked to support the crew for the duration of the shoot. The UK crew will not need to have any interactions with the local community other than Siku Tours. They will return by boat to Coral Harbor on the 25th of July, to unload the filming vessel and fly by private charter back South. At this point they will have been isolated for 3 weeks and. As such, will pose no Covid-risk to the community.