a 2D and 3D giant screen experience from the makers of PULSE, WILD OCEAN and GREAT WHITE SHARK
Jason deCaires Taylor
British sculptor, Jason DeCaires Taylor is based in Cancun, Mexico, and has created a series of sculptures underwater in both Cancun and Belize. They feature heavily in the films penultimate sequence. You can find out much more about the sculptures on Jason’s official site, including some amazing new work…
"Taylor’s sculptures change over time with the effects of their environment. These factors create a living aspect to the works, which would be impossible to reproduce artificially. As time passes and the works develop biological growth, they redefine the underwater landscape, evolving within the narrative of nature."
The Last Reef was shot over a period of 3 years, with the bulk of the underwater footage captured on the Reefs of Palau, 500 miles west of the Philippines. Palau is a beautiful archipelago of limestone rock islands, sheltered by a massive reef, with a multitude of easily accessible coral formations in clear calm waters. Chosen because of the amazing bio-diversity, and world renowned dive sites. Individual sites in the movie include Jellyfish Lake, Blue Corner, the German Channel and Mandarin Fish Lake.
The mangrove footage was mainly shot in Bimini, with the added advantage of Lemon Sharks, Reef Sharks, Stingrays and some excellent wreck sites.
The statues were shot in Cancun, Mexico...
Above water, the reef aerials were shot in French Polynesia, looking over the islands of Bora Bora, Maupiti, Tupai and Rangiroa atoll.
Since we were to compare a reef to a city, and show how the modern world connects to reef life we also shot many locations you might not expect to see in a film about coral reefs: New York became the city reference point in the movie, but other timelapse sequences were shot in LA, San Diego, Miami, London, Southampton (UK).
To show the geological significance of reefs, we also shot timelapse in Northern Italy and Malham, North Yorkshire.
THE WORLD’S REEFS UNDER THREAT
WITH 300 TONS of anthropogenic CO2 dissolving into the sea every second, coral, shell and bone is beginning to crumble as our oceans become more acidic.
The effects of agriculture and industry could be as devastating in geological time as the massive volcanic eruptions of the Triassic, or the asteroid impact of the Cretaceous.
What we do in our cities, has devastating repercussions on these cities beneath the sea, however distant they may be.
Reefs are vanishing at an alarming rate: 90% of Caribbean reefs have already disappeared. Scientists are now predicting all the world’s coral reefs could be gone within our lifetime. Coral Reefs could be the first complete ecosystem to die as a result of man’s global activities…
There could be a domino effect upon the rest of the oceans habitats, and ultimately upon ours too… Are our disappearing reefs the canary in the mineshaft for the global ecosystem? What would it mean to us if one of these vibrant wonderlands were to become the last reef?
To quote the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme:
‘Already ocean pH has decreased by about 30% and if we continue emitting CO2 at the same rate by 2100 ocean acidity will increase by about 150%, a rate that has not been experienced for at least 400,000 years. Such a monumental alteration in basic ocean chemistry is likely to have wide implications for ocean life, especially for those organisms that require calcium carbonate to build shells or skeletons.’
In the USA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has this to say on their acidification microsite:
‘It is well established among researchers that the uptake of increased amounts of carbon dioxide will make ocean water more acidic as the gas dissolves to create carbonic acid. Ocean chemistry is changing 100 times more rapidly than in the 650,000 years that preceded the modern industrial era and since the late 1980s, researchers at Scripps Oceanography and others have recorded an overall drop in the pH of the oceans from 8.16 to 8.05.’
NOAA’s coral reef conservation program now includes invaluable resources for students wishing to study the effects of Ocean Acidification and what we can do to help…
UPDATE: for a global perspective on the state of the world’s oceans and how acidification fits into the big picture (and a positive vision of the future) check out Callum Roberts’ new book ‘Ocean of Life’.
Originally from Fife, Jamie trained at Webber Douglas. His theatre work includes Sam Mendes production of 'Othello' (RNT World Tour) 'Death Of A Salesman' (Octogon) 'Anna Karenina' (Lyceum) 'All My Sons' and 'Speed The Plow'(Library) for which he was nominated for best actor at the M.E.N Awards. He Played Pete in the world premiere of Harold Pinter's 'Dwarfs' shot for BBC 4 and later staged at the Tricycle Theatre. Film and TV work includes 'Shackleton' 'Cold Mountain' 'Lassie' 'Wilde' 'Monsignor Renard' 'Taggart' 'Coronation Street' 'The Fall of Singapore-The Great Betrayal' 'Jo' with John Reno and winner of the BBC big screen festival the horror short ‘Exit’with John Hurt.
Jamie has worked extensively in narration and voiceover including 'Bin Laden:Shoot To Kill' 'The Scot That Shot The Civil War' 'Concordes Last Flight' 'The Scheme' 'Convoys-The Battle Of The Atlantic' 'Coriolanus' and Pixars 'Brave'. He worked with 'Stomp' creators Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell narrating their award winning 3D Imax Film 'The Last Reef- Cities Beneath The Sea' which highlights the plight of our worlds coral reefs
He recently worked with Sam and George Clemens on their multi award winning horror short ‘Surgery’ dedicated to their late father, the writer and producer Brian Clemens.
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