August 31, 2009

I have been reviewing some of the comments  posted on the “public opinion” page and they  show how strongly people feel about this topic, which is as we expected.

However I am concerned that a couple of them have begun to get a bit personal, and I do not want this site to end up as a arena to air personal grievances. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and if you wish to present an argued case against any comments posted then that is fine, as long as they do not get personal or aggressive.

This site is intended to allow people to raise any concerns they may have with the use of 1080, and to present any information that they believe backs up their argument, and I thank all those that have contributed in a constructive way.

I can understand that some people are angry about certain aspects of the 1080 debate, but we do not condone this anger being expressed in a personal manner, and in future we will edit or remove any comments that I believe to be overly personal,  vindictive or in any way slanderous. (and will be asking some of the comments already posted to be reviewed)

What the 1080 discussion needs and what we hope to show in our film and encourage on this site is that people need to listen to the information presented on each side of the argument, talk to people about it, and then make up their own minds. Shouting at each other, or trading insults will not change anything.

I encourage people to continue to use the site to present their arguments, recount personal experiences, and communicate information.

Keep talking!




The long awaited update!

August 14, 2009

Hello all patience readers of this blog! We first have to apologize (ok just me really, Im the slack one) for the lack of updates. We have been really busy filming, creating sets and editing the rough cut etc etc…and finally something tangible is beginning to rise out of the meters and meters of tape we have accumulated over the last half of year. The end is in sight and we are somewhat scared haha.

okay so here is the run down of what we have been doing…Myself and wildlife camera legend Robert Brown spent a day making a small table top set to represent the forest floor in order for me to get some footage of rats in a control environment…we had two rats at our disposal but one was being somewhat of a diva so we quickly learned we were back to one haha. With rat talent aside, in the end I think we got the results (or close enough) we needed.

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We have also been busy in the studio doing various ‘artsy’ shots of science imagery to make our film look really fab. What else can I say but playing with dry ice is probably one of the more enjoyable moments in my life so far!

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Outside the studio we have been busy trying to create some very emotive scenes with the animals. Now the main rule of show business is to never work with children and animals…well Both Pete and I know this more than ever (well maybe not the children part). We have now spent several months trying to co-ordinate pets,finding animal props and chasing possums all over the greater dunedin area. But as tiring as these tasks can be, we have had some good luck when we were welcomed to shoot a 1080 drop which was something we have been chasing for some months and we got to meet Jojo the possum who resides at Agresearch and keeps the scientists under a watchful eye.

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Sometimes we wonder maybe we should just go into the drama game and shoot and write for Shortland Street! But even though it has been a long and sometime frustrating process, the people that we have meet and helped us along the way has been a humbling and welcoming experience. Lets just say at the end of this film we might have a very long list of credits!

Cheers for now


PS Keep commenting my good people!

Its been a good guide to see how the general public feels about 1080 so if you have more stories feel free to post them in the comments