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Short Documentary Opportunity

  • 16 Aug 2017 16:21
    Message # 5033159

    Macaw Documentary:

    Solicitation: F17PS01161; Proposal due: 08/30/2017 1100 ET

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Short Documentary Film about Protecting Endangered Macaws from Trafficking in Honduras

    Statement of Work

    1. GENERAL

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS” or “we”) seeks a documentary filmmaker to make a short film about community efforts to protect endangered scarlet and green macaws from poaching and wildlife trafficking in the region of La Moskitia, Honduras.


    Since 2010, USFWS partners in La Moskitia have worked with local indigenous communities to combat the trafficking and poaching of the country’s decreasing wild population of endangered scarlet and green macaws that are taken for sale in the pet trade. Fewer than 1500 scarlet macaws are left throughout Central America, and 500 are estimated to live in La Moskitia. A complex network of poachers, middlemen, and international traffickers that reside in the remote Moskitia region collude to poach virtually all accessible macaw chicks, threatening local extinction. Despite a national decree prohibiting the commercialization of wildlife in 1990, as well as declaring the scarlet macaw as the Honduran national bird in 1993, trafficking remains an enormous threat to the survival of the species in Honduras.

    In April of 2016, the Honduran government granted land tenure for 1.4 million hectares of the region’s most important wildlands to 17,500 indigenous Miskito families. Working with the Honduran Park Service, an indigenous coalition, and other partners, USFWS partners launched community parrot patrols in two conservation areas in 2015. In 2016 not one scarlet macaw chick entered the wildlife trade in these core conservation areas. Now there is a goal to expand this core area, and educate and train more indigenous community members to help protect these critical macaw species and help stabilize the area and fortify indigenous stewardship of the lands. Telling this inspirational story of how dedicated local heroes are working with indigenous communities to combat wildlife trafficking, protect locally endangered macaws, and provide stability to their communities will serve as a valuable case study for why the USFWS supports work to combat wildlife trafficking at home and abroad.

    Key Audiences

    Wildlife trafficking, while understood broadly as a global phenomenon by the conservation community and key influencers, has tended to also be reflected in most conversations through the lens of well-known megafauna species like African elephants and rhinoceros. Our goal is for this film to broaden the conversation by depicting a charismatic species that is threatened by trafficking and is also emblematic of the conservation challenge in Latin America and the Western Hemisphere. This project also exemplifies how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s

    International Affairs Program supports high-quality community-based conservation projects

    that produce benefits for wildlife and people. Key audiences include top U.S. government

    officials including Members of Congress, agency administration officials, foreign governments

    and their wildlife management authorities, foundations who would fund similar projects, and

    NGOs working to combat wildlife trafficking. Reaching a broader audience of American wildlife

    enthusiasts and stakeholders is also desired to ensure their support.


    The Contractor shall furnish the necessary personnel, services, and equipment to complete the

    tasks outlined below in paragraph 6.


    USFWS staff will be available for consultation throughout the project, and our in-country

    partners will provide on-the-ground logistical support and knowledge to the contractor during

    the period of scouting and filming, including interpretation and translation services while incountry.

    Most of the people who will be interviewed for the film will speak either Spanish or

    Miskito. Our partners will also make efforts to ensure the safety of filmmakers and provide

    recommendations on filming locations, lodging, and travel arrangements. They also have the

    expertise and climbing equipment available to climb trees to observe and film nests.

    The USFWS and our partners will also review scripts and cuts and provide feedback and

    suggestions on revisions prior to finalization of the film.


    Within 5 business days after award, the Contractor shall contact the USFWS’s Central America

    Program Officer, International Affairs Program Outreach and Education Specialist, and agency’s

    Multimedia Production Specialist (technical liaisons for the project) to discuss initial steps of

    contract implementation. Regular progress and status reports, meeting schedules,

    staff/contractor feedback, coordination of contract extension, if applicable, etc. will be

    conducted in coordination with the technical liaisons.

    Key Milestones:

    Fall 2017

    Development of story board and shooting script (or equivalent) for film, proposed shot list,

    interview questions, and planning of travel and filming logistics.

    April – May 2018

    Approximately 9 days of travel for filming during nesting season for macaws. We approximate 3

    travel days (1.5 days each way) and 6 days for filming. Please see more on travel logistics in

    section 9.

    June 2018

    A basic paper edit with updates from shooting script should be provided prior to development

    of rough cut. Samples from potential narrators should also be provided at this time or at an

    earlier juncture if it’s decided to use this storytelling approach.

    July 2018

    Presentation of rough cut of the film to USFWS staff and Honduran partners. Feedback and

    revisions will be provided.

    August 2018

    Presentation of fine cut of the film to USFWS staff and Honduran partners. Feedback and

    revisions will be provided.

    September 2018

    Final film and language-specific variations sent to USFWS staff and Honduran partners.


    a. USFWS requirements:

    • Film should be shot in at least Full HD at an aspect ratio of 16 x 9.
    • Contractor will supply timed closed caption files to satisfy section 508 requirements for

    accessibility. We also request that proposals include a quote for the development of an

    additional final cut with open caption files.

    • Copyright agreements signed for all video content shot under contract as public domain.

    Any additional footage or graphical elements not able to be shot or created by contractor

    will have a usage release/purchase agreement for use in finished product by USFWS in

    perpetuity throughout the universe, with rights maintained by original creator. In addition

    to the finished video, all footage must be supplied to the USFWS digitally and on external

    hard drives.

    • Usage agreements or purchase agreements will be sent to USFWS for all music and sounds

    used in finished product by USFWS for use in perpetuity throughout the universe, with

    original copyright retained by content creator.

    • Graphics standards for USFWS products will be sent to contractor and USFWS bumper upon

    award of contract.

    • Contractor is responsible for obtaining all necessary locality-based filming permits if

    applicable. USFWS local partners will be able to assist. Our understanding is that permits are

    NOT necessary for filming, but we would like for contractor to confirm.

    b. Other requirements:

    • Length of film should be approximately 5 minutes.
    • The film crew should include at least two people to ensure capture of high quality footage

    and sound.

    • While our on-the-ground partners have the equipment to climb trees for filming, we also

    would like for a drone to be deployed to acquire a broader range of appealing footage.

    • Graphics standards for USFWS products will be sent to contractor and USFWS bumper upon

    award of contract.

    • Final product should be narrated or understandable in English. If subtitles are needed, they

    should also be in English. We also request that proposals include an estimate for the

    development of an additional final cut to be narrated or understandable in Spanish.

    • In addition to all normal costs, budgets should include funds for interpretation and

    translation of transcripts in the editing process. As mentioned previously, translation and

    interpretation will be provided while filming in country by USFWS partners, but not during


    • Budgets should include funds for hard drives for delivery of all files and footage to USFWS.
    • Equipment used in all stages of production must be provided, rented, and / or insured by


    • Description of the contractor’s preferred planning process and storyboarding process

    should be included, as well as a description of contractor’s approach to development of

    messaging and film content that will appeal to key audiences.


    The Contractor shall fully implement the deliverables of the contract within the timeline

    outlined in paragraph five. The anticipated time of filming is April – May 2018 and the

    project completion date is September 30, 2018.


    All deliverables shall be submitted by email to the technical liasons and / or to the following

    addresses within the specified timeframes.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


    Office of Outreach & Communications

    International Affairs

    5275 Leesburg Pike

    Falls Church, VA 22041


    Travel expenses should be included in the proposal budget. Airfare, lodging, truck rental, and

    equipment rentals and any necessary permits should be included.

    Trip Logistics:

    Filmmakers should plan to fly into the capital city of Tegucigalpa and then fly the following

    morning to Puerto Lempira. Our in-country partners recommend staying there one day, and

    renting a high-quality truck and hiring a driver to transport the crew to the community of

    Mabita, which is approximately four hours from Puerto Lempira. Other communities can be

    reached for filming, but also require a drive. It will be highly encouraged for the awarded

    contractor to secure rental of the truck in advance in coordination with our in-country partners,

    and to also hire a vehicle driver. Electrical power for charging batteries and other equipment is

    available intermittently in Puerto Lempira and via gas and solar powered generators in smaller

    communities, but contractor should plan accordingly given the uncertainty of having reliable

    sources of electricity.


    The project period of performance is October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018.


    The project will require filming in the remote region of La Moskitia, Honduras. All pre- and postproduction

    locations are flexible, but contractor will be expected to meet regularly in person or

    by phone of videoconference with USFWS technical liasons.


    Program Officer, Central America Program

    International Affairs

    5275 Leesburg Pike

    Falls Church, VA 22041

    Outreach and Education Specialist, Office of Outreach & Communications

    International Affairs

    5275 Leesburg Pike

    Falls Church, VA 22041

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