Water. It’s one of the most taken for granted commodities in the world. After all, most of you reading this right now, can walk over to your kitchen, turn on the faucet and have good, clean(ish) water come out whenever you want to use it, hot or cold. We tend to forget that water, though 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in it, is a finite resource. Only about 1% of the Earth’s water is easily accessible for use and the growing population is putting a strain on our supplies.
Enter Canadian filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier who have released the feature length documentary, “Watermark,” which follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels the world to capture the “existential interactions around the world with water.” The film takes us around the globe giving insights to places we probably will never see: China’s largest fish farms, Mexican oil rigs, India’s Kumbh Mela pilgrimage to places where we get a new vantage point, the Colorado River from above for example, the perspective making it look like a barren wasteland. The visual shows the negative impact society has on our natural resources.
Groundbreaking new technology was used in making this film, from the Hasselblad 60 Megapixel cameras, a Red EPIC and an unreleased, Red prototype that shot the 5K resolution. (A 5k sensor is capable of capturing up to 120 frames per second at five times the resolution of today’s HD). And then attaching this very expensive equipment onto a quadcopter and sending it high above over these bodies of water.
“The richness of this film was dependent upon the proper use of technology,” explained Baichwal. “This film is about allowing you to experience these places. If it opens up your consciousness to make you think about something you take for granted—turning on a tap, having a drink of water, jumping in a lake, having a shower—all these things that we do without thinking about it. If it changes your perspective on that a little bit, then it’s done something; it’s meaningful.“
See the behind the scenes making of this documentary in the video below. The full length film can be seen at select theaters around the US. Here is a full listing.
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[Via Creator’s Project]