Entomology Documentary in Ecuador

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What contemporary environmental challenges can we address using entomology?
This is the story I wish to tell in my upcoming documentary in Ecuador.

Nov 27, 2018 update:

- A Canon XA30 has been purchased thanks to the generosity of all donors and sponsors!
- The project now benefits from the support of the Taffy Davison Memorial Research Travel Grant.
- The U of G School of Environmental Science  has donated $500.00, and the Dean's Office has committed to $700.00 upon completion of the documentary. The University of Guelph will also be providing support beyond just the monetary.
- Corteva AgriScience - Agricultural Division of DowDuPont has donated $1000.00 to support the project

National Geographic Early Career grant, video proposal: 

My name is Charles-Étienne Ferland. I'm a 2nd year Masters student in entomology at the University of Guelph seeking sponsors for my upcoming documentary on entomology in Ecuador. 

As a volunteer, from April 25 to May 13, 2019, I will accompany a group of 15 students, with instructors Dr. Scott-Dupree and Dr. Marshall from the University of Guelph (U of G), on the 20th anniversary of the field entomology course. The course will take place at the Yanayacu Biological Station in Ecuador. I plan to shoot and produce a 30-40 minute documentary on entomological research across borders with a focus on systematics and taxonomy, insect behaviour and ecology, and management of insects pests.

My goal is to highlight the ecological, behavioral and taxonomic research that is being conducted and to tell a story of how people come to study insects to address contemporary issues of our planet such as climate change, biodiversity loss, land-use changes and chemical pollution. I want to talk about the rich history of this field course and demonstrate the success of outdoors hands-on education in inspiring young students to pursue graduate studies and to become active members of the scientific community. I believe that I can show how much we need entomologists in today’s world. In 2018, I had the chance to participate in the same field entomology course in Costa Rica and produce a basic entomology video ( https://youtu.be/txfCLAK4Ktc). This year, with better preparation, equipment and training in videography, I am confident that I can narrate a great story about what insects can teach us about the world in which we live.

I anticipate screening the film at the University of Guelph (U of G) and to distribute it online for outreach and education. I also intend to write and publish about my experience.

Thank you kindly for your support!

More about my projects: https://charlesetienneferland.com/
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The Ecuador Entomology Documentary now benefits from the support of the Taffy Davison travel grant ! A tremendous thanks to the estate of Dr. Greta I. Davison and @uofg / @UofGuelphOAC & @UofG_SES !
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Two great news for the Ecuador documentary! The project now benefits from the support of the Taffy Davison Memorial Research Travel Grant, and I have been able to purchase a Canon XA30 thanks to the generosity of all donors and sponsors! :)
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Thanks to your donations, I have my first documentary filmmaking class tonight with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Ontario! :)
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Oct 15, 2018 - The fundraising campaign for the Entomology Documentary Project in Ecuador is going amazingly well! We're at 700$ on GoFundMe. Thank you so much for your generous donations! In addition, Corteva AgriScience and the University of Guelph are sponsoring the documentary and will help cover some travel and equipment costs. I've sent applications to a number of other organisations. Fingers crossed! Sending application to National Geographic at the end of the week.

When I built the initial budget, I was a bit unclear on what a solid documentary would entail in terms of costs. Upon consulting with producers and receiving advice from more experienced videographers, I have risen the objective to 11,000.00$ to incorporate costs of consultations, training with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, equipment, rentals, airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, festival entry fees and contingencies. I did not expect this project to grow that much, and this is kind of an ideal scenario type of budget. Regardless of whether or not we're able to hit that objective, the project is happening. The equipment and consultation parameters will adjust depending on funding :)
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