Documentary filmmaker Brian Nunes and his small camera crew spent a total of 16 days on a working oil & gas exploration rig off the coast of Alaska. He is seeking funds on Kickstarter to turn the incredible footage into a film.
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The Machine is a "fly on the wall" film that transports you to a working jack-up rig exploring for oil and natural gas in the unforgiving Cook Inlet (aka Kitchen Lights). Its striking visuals, minimalist soundtrack and fascinating "salt of the earth" characters seek to create an experience rather than preach politics.
About the Filmmaker:
Brian Nunes is an award winning Seattle-based filmmaker. This will be his fifth major film project, fourth as a director. His first feature, Find Your Way: A Busker's Documentary, won multiple awards on the festival circuit and screened at the CBGB Music and Film Festival, the largest film and music event in the country by attendance. His latest feature (HEART: Flatline to Finish Line - writer / editor) is in the process of securing distribution.
As a filmmaker Brian is interested in looking at things in new ways - shining a light on topics that people may have already made their minds up about.
Dan McComb is the principal photographer for The Machine. Dan is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker with a long list of high profile clients. His work as a photojournalist has appeared in newspapers and magazines including Time and Newsweek. Some of his more recent work as a director of photography was for Emmy-winning director Michael King and two-time Oscar nominee Kirby Dick.
Lisa Cooper assisted in producing and provided sound for the project. She is currently a senior producer for a creative agency that specializes in branding, marketing and story-telling.
The oil and gas industry is something everyone is talking about but few know much about - other than its wild profitability. Like it or not, though, we must come to terms with the fact that all our modern conveniences and advanced medicines are tied to the fossil fuel industry in some way.
If we are to survive the fossil fuel age and enter a clean, renewable future - the technologies that get us there will have been made possible by the very industry they were designed to save us from. Perhaps we will look back on this age of dirty fuels and wonder how relics like this clunky behemoth were able to give birth to the clean, efficient and renewable energies that saved the planet.