Rupert the Swan Job # 3150

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Job # 3150 Rupert the Swan

Posted Date
Mar 15, 2007 @ 10:18
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Mar 15, 2007
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English (North American)
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Job Description

About Us:

Independent producer of documentaries that relate to science, the environment, and the ocean.

Current projects:

"Rupert the Swan" (23 min; documentary)

Rupert was a black swan who roamed the harbor in Newport Beach, CA for almost 20 years. After he was accidentally run over by the Harbor Patrol in September, the community held a "paddle-out" funeral for the bird -- hundreds attended! His life and death were covered in major newspapers, including the LA Times and the OC Register. Newport Beach's local paper, the Daily Pilot, determined that he was the second most-covered story in 2006! This is a cute and irreverent look at a salty bird and how he touched the lives of young and old.

Our documentary has received a lot of local attention. It has been accepted into the Newport Beach Film Festival (April 19-29), and we are submitting it to other festivals. The movie may also be used to benefit the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, which rehabilitates native birds (they made an exception for Rupert).

Non-union, 23-minute documentary intended for film festivals and self-distributed DVD.

Our budget is $100 for 40 seconds of voice over. We need the delivery needed by Friday 3/16/07 at 7:00am Pacific Time.


PART 1: [11 SECONDS] OPENING - FUNERAL PROCESSION. (Visuals: Dozens of watercraft of all shapes and sizes form a procession to the mouth of the Newport Harbor. Women wipe tears from their eyes. Others hold roses and wear dark glasses -- they are in mourning. Who is the deceased?..)


September 30th 2006. Hundreds have gathered to mourn the loss of Rupert, one of the area's most beloved residents.

PART 2 [12 SECONDS +/- a couple frames OK]
(After hearing tearful testimonies of how much he will be missed, we've just revealed that "Rupert" is a swan.)


Originally someone's exotic pet, Rupert and friends were let loose in Newport Harbor in the late 1980's.

But swans are fresh water fowl, and Rupert was the only survivor.

PART 3 [8 seconds or less] (a beat after Part 2 - same sequence of images introducing Rupert)


Rupert roamed free in the harbor for nearly 20 years, making friends and enemies in all corners of the bay.

[6.5 up to 7 seconds is OK]
(Rupert's mate Pearl has just died. It was a very sad story. We are setting the scene for the events surrounding Rupert's death.)


Rupert soldiered on without Pearl for four years. Until a fateful September day in 2006.

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