If you love something, set it free.
A FILM BY NOW NOW MEDIA AND PLASTIC OCEANS INTERNATIONAL
The indigenous San people first named Namibia’s Skeleton Coast “The land God made in anger”. At a glance the name seems apt. It is a harsh, unforgiving environment, forged from boiling desert and freezing ocean. But it also possesses a stark beauty and is teeming with life, especially the nutrient-rich ocean.
This environment forms an integral backdrop to the story and is explored through establishing shots, cutaways and locked-off shots. This visual contrast is ued to draw out the aesthetic of the film, with washed out hues juxtaposed against a rich color palette that echoes the underlying themes of abundance and scarcity, hope and despair, life and death.
Tell the Story
A run-and-gun documentary style, supplemented by first person POV footage is utilized to capture the intensity of the action and place the viewer in the heart of the story. This is interspersed with sit-down interviews to structure the narrative thread.
Establishing shots, cutaways and locked off shots are wrapped around this to give the story context and depth.
Audio is crucial to underscore the incredible sounds of the animals and the physical intensity of the rescues, with special emphasis placed on sound engineering.
Armed with a handheld net and cutting tools, a kayaking tour guide and his family set out to rescue seals entangled in fishing line and other plastic debris along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. As the seals grow bigger, the debris cuts deeper into their bodies, causing painful wounds that often lead to an agonizing death.
What begins as a few spur-of-the-moment rescues quickly evolves into a unique environmental organization that unites a community and finds itself pitted against a mounting global crisis.
Cutting the Line powerfully reveals the truth behind our disposable culture and serves as an inspirational clarion call to find solutions to the tragic consequences of plastic, before its too late.
A film by
Now Now Media
and Plastic Oceans International
Written and directed by
Will Bendix and Alan van Gysen
Julie Andersen and Tod Hardin
Alan van Gysen
Aerial cinematography by
Plastic pollution is a global crisis that recognizes no borders and shows no mercy. It's impacting every community worldwide, invading our water, land and air; injuring and killing millions of animals each year and impacting human health. Cutting the Line makes a powerful statement against a disposable culture that threatens our existence, while making clear that individuals and communities can indeed make a difference.