Documentary Proposal

Oceanic Destruction

Plastic garbage collected from research plot to assess plastic pollution, Eastern Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Northwest Hawaiian Islands


Oceans across the globe are being degraded. Evidence shows that the main destruction of these seas are caused by human activity: intense finishing, pollution, dredging, and logging.

For centuries humans have considered the ocean to be an unlimited source of food, but also a dumping ground for waste; our ignorance that as 71% of the globe, the world’s seas are so vast to be affected by anything we do. A recent study shows that 40% of the globes oceans have been heavily affected by human activity: fishing, pollution from shipping and coastal development.

Whilst this threatens marine habitats and species, it also threatens man’s own health, way of life and security.




Climate change is an extremely important issue in today’s society. I wanted to delve in this issue though with it being so vast I decided to condense it down to one factor: oceans. This also allows me to examine other factors causing the destruction of oceans, mainly the human activity affecting climate change.

While I practice in everyday life to reduce my carbon footprint, I want to encourage others to do the same. Over the past couple of years the most shocking images and articles I have seen about climate change and or destruction of the natural world due to human activity, concerns oceans and/or ocean species, namely dead animals washed up beaches, animals suffocated by oil, and plastic waste. n 2009 my brother and sister gained infections after playing in the water at a Barcelona seaside, which was dirty from human waste. Thus, it is also becoming unhygienic and dangerous for us humans. While most people are aware of oceanic destruction, very fe choose to read up on and know realise what it is really about. We see stories on the news and come across articles on social media. Though I want to summarise this to my generation in a short film as the idea is quite simple. I hope to outline how they may be contributing to the effect on destruction, how larger companies and organisations certainly are doing this and encourage them to reduce their carbon footprint by explaining means of doing this.




In the documentary I will explain the destructing effects on the ocean and also means of avoiding it. I will try to remain objective though outline if I am being subjective. It will have a narration. I want to include interviews with others and explanation, fact and theory from experts – perhaps I will derive this from visual archives. I will include quotations within the narrative.

I like the way relevant people are brought to discuss the issue within a documentary. This is a common feature in documentaries. Depending on the timeline of the film, I may experiment with this.

Accessing material and sources

When looking at climate change I already conducted a small interview with Jemma Escreet, a nutritionist, asking her about the link between human diet and global warming. She went on to explain:

“In a few hundred years we will be seeing more and more problems caused by global warming. I think the only way forward would be vegan-ism and vegetarianism. When we eat meat we are

  1. using up a lot of plant based sources for large scale commercial animal feeds and these plants would be able to sustainably feed a lot more people without having the middle step of feeding and killing animals which hugely contributed to pollution as I will next mention…
  2. growing and keeping animals on unnaturally large scales uses up land for growing crops in itself, and also contributes to large energy/pollution costs due to the huge running of farms and factories for processing
  3. plants need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis so giving more space for crop growth rather than keeping animals will help reduce CO2 levels.

So in summary, eating plant based food reduces farm/factory pollution, pollution from processing, is more sustainable and can even help lower pollutant gases.”

I later went on to ask if she knew whether human diet affects oceans and if so to what extent. She answered:

“Well overfishing in the ocean to cater for the growing population (and many human diets are solely based on fish in places surrounded by ocean) disrupts the natural balance of ecosystems and food chains. Also pollutant gases released as a result of the human diet as mentioned before can dissolve in the water and contribute to water pollution ie. making water more acidic ect. Finally as an indirect effect of all the pollution having its effect on global warming, ocean levels will be rising obviously due to the melting ice caps.”


I will further go on to interview my cousin who works for The National Grid.

I will also interview an old school friend who is a 3rd year Marine Biology student at Plymouth University.

I would also like to contact those more involved, for example, oil rigging companies, Unicef and National Geographic.

I will be using visual archives from National Geographic, Unicef and other recourse I can find in the library.


Sample Style and Technique

I especially like this style and would like to adapt it. Giving information in a story-like manner, with dramatic narrative like that of an advert for ‘The A Team’. I do not want to do stop motion though. And how would I incorporate quotes? Perhaps I could introduce them as speech.

Initially I thought of an idea for a journey from right to left, starting off really colourful as a healthy natural world, and finishing dark or greyscale to represent the downfall of the globe.


I hope to achieve these aesthetics using Flash Illustrator and After Effects. Flash I am most comfortable with but I believe the other two are more potent in today’s industry. I would also like to better my 3D skills so perhaps might incorporate this too.



  • What impact do humans have on the ocean? | Protect Planet Ocean (2010) [ONLINE] Available at:  [Accessed 26th January 2016]
  • Marine Habitat Destruction | National Geographic (2016) [ONLINE] Available at:  [Accessed 26th January 2016]
  • Solar Panels | Energy Saving Trust (2016) [ONLINE] Available at:   [Accessed 26th January 2016]
  • Climate Change is Happening Now | WWF (2016) [ONLINE] Available at:  [Accessed 26th January 2016]
  • Environment and Climate Change | Unicef (2016) [ONLINE] Available at:  [Accessed 26th January 2016]


  • Study reveals your nitrogen footprint – and who it is impacting | The Guardian (2016) [ONLINE] Available at:  [Accessed: 26th January 2016]

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