• Cuttlefish Country documentary film – in production!


    We’re up to our necks in cuttlefish, drama and mystery as the story for our pending documentary film Cuttlefish Country unfolds. Failing dismally to recognise and protect its environmental assets (and the associated commercial opportunities they present), a stack of industrial proposals are pegged for the narrow strip of land known as the Point Lowly Peninsula in Upper Spencer Gulf. The Santos Gas Fractionation facility sticks out like a sore thumb on this wonderful strip of South Australian coastline, and is currently involved in a court battle with the EPA over water pollution. It’s hard to imagine how the State Government of South Australia has failed thus far to consider evaluating an alternative development strategy for the area- capitalising on the amazing and unique Giant Cuttlefish aggregation which happens there each winter, its scenic coastline, beaches, rocky reefs, mangroves, sea grasses and sponge-gardens. The spot has long been reknown for its snapper fishing and crabbing too, and three Aquatic Reserves protect adjacent waters. Put simply, Point Lowly’s at threat from a wholesale industrialisation agenda from private sector and State Government proponents. Emma and I are now on the case, and we’ve launched a website where you can find out more and sign a petition to relocate the most alarming industrial proposal- a desalination plant to provide water to BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine at Roxby Downs. The plant will pump salty brine back into the Upper Spencer Gulf system, which poses horrendous risks to bottom-dwelling marine species like the Giant Australian Cuttlefish, prawns, and the myriad of creatures who use surrounding habitat as fish nurseries. We aim to complete the documentary film by October 2011, and we’re releasing interviews as we go to help raise the level of public awareness and concern. Please help us set the course of regional development in this state towards a sustainable future!

  • danimations launches first NatureScope documentary episodes


    The first two episodes of NatureScope‘s new nature documentary video series are now live. Prompted by danimations directors’ love of nature, biology and conservation, the channel endeavours to show Australian nature at its best. It also aims to prompt viewer engagement with conservation and habitat restoration efforts, and considers no plant, insect or animal subject too small or otherwise insignificant to consider and celebrate. The first episode features the flora and fauna of the Mark Oliphant Conservation Park, near Heathfield in the Adelaide Hills. The 200 hectare park is named after Sir Mark Oliphant, a celebrated South Australian physicist, humanitarian and environmentalist. Coincidentally, danimations studio is also located in the Mark Oliphant Building at Flinders University- such was the man’s impact on the state (he even became State Governer in the 1970’s, during Don Dunstan’s glory days). The video features Adelaide Hills icons the Western Grey Kangaroo and Koala, and a selection of bush butterflies, recorded during a Summer hike.

    The second episode is a prelude to our forthcoming danimations documentary Cuttlefish Country which will explore the dramatic recent history of the giant cuttlefish migration to the upper Spencer Gulf each Winter. The human residents of nearby Whyalla are in arms at the moment, with various proposed industrial developments causing anxiety, deep concern and even anger over the future of the Point Lowly Peninsula. So powerful and timely is the story, that we have decided to release interviews from the film in short form, as we go. Each will be posted in the NatureScope channel, and we strongly encourage you to grab and share them with your friends and workmates. You can also help spur NatureScope along by watching and sharing our videos on Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else you share media. If you’d like to financially support our work, why not buy some photographic art or gift cards from our store on Redbubble? If you care about the Australian environment, its flora and fauna, help inspire others to do the same. Up NatureScope!