Ocean souls

The Film

Into the life of cetaceans

Whales and dolphins are the most intelligent animals after us; they evolved from land animals some 50 million years ago. They not only have the largest, but also the most complex brains. Their social organization and language skills are second to none, and in many aspects can challenge ours. Each animal within a pod is known to have individual names. They pass the mirror test so easily that we could think they are even vain (and curious). They solve problems better than any animal. They sing and communicate from one thousand miles away. No cetacean is a threat to humans, not even the Killer Whales, the number one predator in the animal kingdom, has never been reported attacking a human in the wild. They do not deplete the ocean fish-stock; the largest ones eat the smallest animals, krill and plankton. Despite all the above some developed countries hunt them for meat, rich nations that have no particular need for that protein and could find easily economic means to replace the proceeds of the hunt.

We believe that science and beauty can touch public opinion. It is harder to kill a whale or a dolphin that has emotions, suffers, has name and a family. Rather than using shocking images and create controversy, we will use science, fun and beauty with the hope of triggering change. Main goal is to show the intelligence, social behaviour and strong feelings of the animals, supported by science and complemented by beauty.


UPROAR, under the direction of Philip Hamilton, will produce a 5 episodes of 5 minutes each (and 3×40’s trailers), finally converting in into a 25 minutes documentary targeting international audience but shaping it in such a way it can reach & hopefully touch all ages of the Japanese population.

The film will use the best possible images, primarily unpublished, we will use UPROAR’ vast library but also reach recognised marine photographers, filmmakers and conservation organizations. We aim at showing large diversity of cetaceans. We will use drone footage, above surface and UW, we will have on camera celebrities, scientists and people on the street.

5 episodes of 5 minutes each produced & thought “backwards” from a final 25 minutes film:

  1. Emotions – joy, pain, stress, suffering, mourning, worried, play/games.
  2. Language – whistles, song, clicks and vocalizations–body language-noise pollution.
  3. Social organization – Pod, together for life, matriarchal hierarchy, male mate away. Bonding/touching.
  4. Intelligence – problem solving, learning, judgement, hunting strategies, adaptation, brain size and complexity. Mirror test/recognise and curious. Difficulty of testing large animals.
  5. Human interaction & Final message. Current threats, food, reproduction, conservation, beauty, the future


Plastic pollution & heavy metals.
Noise pollution – Seismic blasting (mining/exploration), Ship traffic noise, wind farms.
Ghost nets.
Impact by boats.
Climate change triggering reduction of food sources….and now the hunting might increase dramatically.


Est. 2Q 2020 -. Production is expected to finish by Dec 2019, post-production starts Jan 2020.


We welcome large corporations and agencies that would like to support this project. We will also open a platform at UPROAR’s web, where audience can participate (similar to crow-funding). Contributions can go straight to UPROAR Media company or via The UPROAR Fund, a US registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, #20-8802794 for conservation.