Marli's Attenborough chat inspires forest documentary
KNOCKROW wildlife documentary filmmaker Marli Lopez-Hope has launched a crowd funding campaign to complete her latest project chronicaling the riches and ruin of the world's most carbon-rich forest.
The young filmmaker said she has already dedicated one year and her life savings to making The Great Forest wildlife documentary possible.
The Great Forest will be Ms Lopez-Hope's third major documentary project.
Ms Lopez-Hope hopes to raise $10,000 for the film through crowd funding website Pozible to complete the film.
At just 19 years old, Ms Lopez-Hope came face to face with an angry lion while filming in Botswana. At 21, she set sail to Antarctica with National Geographic to film 40,000 Adelie penguins.
The independently produced eight minute documentary captures the secret lives of two critically endangered Leadbeater's Possums, the Superb Lyrebird and a duo of snails who all depend on the 200-year old Mountain Ash tree in Victoria's Toolangi State Forest for survival.
Ms Lopez-Hope said Toolangi State Forest was not only the most carbon-rich wilderness area on Earth, but also at risk of destruction from logging companies.
The average feature length natural history documentary costs more than $500,000 to make. Ms Lopez-Hope said that was a sum well out of reach, but she hoped to raise enough to make a short documentary that has a wide-spread impact.
The crowd funding page has a breakdown of costs, which includes research and development, camera and sound hire, special equipment, post production, accommodation and travel and marketing and festival entry.
Ms Lopez-Hope said it was a conversation with Sir David Attenborough in 2013 that sparked the idea for the documentary. "Sir Attenborough reminded me of the massive separation between humans and wildlife in the 21st Century," she said. "(But) we need these wildernesses for our very own existence."