The Mission  


The mission of the Elysium team is to encapsulate the splendor of the frozen continent, the sights and sounds of this enchanting region on the final year of the first decade of the new millennium into one exquisite book and film.


OBJECTIVES

•    To document the above and below scenes, flora and fauna that Shackleton and his team would have seen and missed after losing the Endurance - from the Weddell Sea to Elephant Island and the heroic sail to South Georgia.

•    To procure visual documentation of the diversity and biomass of animals, glaciers, land and seascapes captured at the end of the 1st decade of the new millennium – this will serve as an important reference for the monitoring of climate change. The Antarctic Peninsula is particularly sensitive as annual average temperature has increased about 2.5C in the last 50 years; this is 2 to 3 times greater than the world average. This makes the Antarctic Peninsula the most critical region for ongoing observation.

•    To produce a movie and a book as a tribute to Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1916) - 100th anniversary. This shall be the greatest and most compelling production ever undertaken of Antarctica concocted by the creative interpretation of the world’s best nature conservation photographers, film makers, musicians and scientists. The visual rendering of the book and film shall promote the beauty of and importance to conserve Antarctica. Whilst the film will be in an artistic nonverbal format, prose, quotes and scientific facts will complement the visuals. An original cinematic soundtrack including on site recordings of the sounds of the Antarctic, shall be composed by Eric Bettens.

•    Shackleton’s Antarctic Visual Epic (SAVE) will become an image database derived from Elysium to serve as a reference index of the Antarctica Peninsula and South Georgia. A selection of imagery from the expedition shall be contributed towards the initiation of this archive. This archive will be made available for educational and scientific reference of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia for climate change study. 


The limited edition (1,914 copies) of the Elysium Epic is targeted for release in 2014 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1916).

·              Shackleton’s Antarctic Visual Epic (SAVE) will become an image database derived from Elysium to serve as a reference index of the Antarctica Peninsula and South Georgia. A selection of imagery from the expedition shall be contributed towards the initiation of this archive. This archive will be made available for educational and scientific reference of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia for climate change study. 

 

 

The limited edition (1,914 copies) of the Elysium Epic is targeted for release in 2014 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1916).