Plimsoll Productions are hoping to film natural history footage of walrus giving birth on the ice near Igloolik Island. This will form part of 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 Walrus for 3 weeks between 10th April and 1st June 2022. Ice conditions will be monitored throughout early 2022 to estimate when the filming period should begin within that window. 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 struggles these animals go through to survive in such an environment. Time allowing, we also hope to walrus swimming and feeding at the location.
In order to satisfy our contractual delivery dates with the broadcaster, it is important we travel to Nunavut next year. Our production schedule does not allow us to delay until 2023, when we will be delivering the programme. 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 2022. 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, Simon Qamaniriq and his crew who are based in Igloolik. We will be using Simon’s boats to search for walrus off of Igloolik Point, and will use the local HTO cabins there as overnight accommodation, along with two of his skidoos. Our total crew will number seven, four of those being residents of Igloolik. The spend locally for this shoot will be more than CAD200,000.
Our film crew will consist of two underwater cameraman and a dive safety supervisor, as well as a Director. The shoot will be predominantly boat based for the 3 weeks of filming, with Simon and his team guiding and providing bear security. All of the crew from 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 and walruses.
Filming will be done using a camera with a long lens, underwater 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 ice off Igloolik point where walrus are known to give birth.
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. All film crew are fully vaccinated and where possible will have received booster shots. If necessary all crew members will conduct government and regional mandated quarantine periods. The crew will take Covid tests before and after any travel, to ensure no member of the crew is C19 positive. The 4-person ‘Titan’ film crew currently plan to arrive in Igloolik via plane on the 25th of April where they will spend two days prepping film equipment. On the 27th of April they will make their way to the HTO cabins at Igloolik point to begin filming. The crew be provided PPE to wear throughout the journey and during their very short time in Igloolik. This team will remain self-contained whilst working on their film equipment. The cabins at Igloolik point will be their base camp and will be stocked to support the crew for the duration of the shoot. The film crew will not need to have any interactions with the local community other than Simon's team. They will return to Igloolik on the 18th of May to unload their equipment and fly back South. At this point they will have been isolated for 3 weeks and. As such, will pose no Covid-risk to the community.