© 2021 Jess Irish

Writer & Director:

Jess Irish

Inspirational Texts:

  • Roland Barthes, Mythologies
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths
  • Rachel Carson, Under Sea 
  • Adam Dickenson, The Polymers
  • Susan Freinkel, Plastics: A Toxic Love Story
  • Rebecca Giggs, Fathoms
  • Schlosberg, The Story of Plastic film 
  • Thomas Tranströmer, “Answers to Letters” Selected Poems

Primary Reader:

  • Isabelle Van Vleet

Quotation Readers:

  • Javi Chavarria
  • Catherine Ellis
  • Felix Hoo
  • Jess Irish
  • Steve Mccurdy
  • Giselle Marie
  • Michael Stephenson

Editor:

  • Jess Irish

Production Assistants:

  • Gwendolyne Muljono
  • Rozi Zhu

Compositing & Animation:

  • Jess Irish

Graphics Support:

  • Misbahuddin Ahmadi
  • Rafikul Nayem

Music Score:

  • Eoin Blunnie

Sound Effects:

  • Lance Conrad
  • Jess Irish
  • Tencher Music
  • Michael Vignola
  • Paul Winter

Science fact-checker:

  • Sebastian Stevens

Quoted Voices

  • Mustafa Santiago Ali
  • Bill Armstrong
  • Roland Barthes
  • Rachel Carson
  • Adam Dickenson
  • Susan Freinkle
  • Rebecca Giggs
  • Von Hernandez
  • Julian Hill
  • Buck Henry & Calder Willingham
  • Charles Moore
  • Sharon Lavigne
  • Lao-Tzu
  • Annie Leonard
  • Matthew Prior
  • Lou Stouffer
  • Thomas Tranströmer
  • Stephanie Wright

Quoted Organizations:

  • Albany Billiard Ball Company
  • American Chemistry Council
  • Bakelite Corporation
  • The Century Dictionary

Video Footage:

  • Ted Auch
  • James Brey
  • Aero Caminua
  • Jess Irish
  • Richard Jones
  • Vados Loginov
  • Mala Moute
  • Dr Richard Kirby
  • Vladyslav Starozhylov
  • D. Utlanov

Audio Testimony:

  • House Committee on Energy & Commerce, 2019

Photographic Footage:

  • Anton Balazh
  • Julien Bryan
  • Nora Carol
  • Ethan Daniels
  • Dejavu Designs
  • Julie Dermansky
  • Mindauga Dulinska 
  • Peter Factors
  • Dr. Jodie Fischer
  • Aman Kumar
  • Andrea Morales
  • Penchan Pumila
  • Bidouze Stéphane
  • Stanislau V

CG Animation:

  • Jonathan Anadegoke
  • Igor Krasnov 

Imagery Courtesy of: 

  • Albany Institute of History & Art
  • Alexander Turnbull Library
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • Dr. Jodie Fischer
  • FracTracker Alliance
  • Hagley Museum and Library
  • Heritage Images
  • Hippo Roller Foundation
  • The Plankton Pundit
  • Institut für Kunststofftechnik, Universität Stuttgart
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • New York Public Library
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Oxford Science Archive
  • Plastics Hall of Fame
  • Prelinger Archives
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • New York Zoological Society
  • Science Museum Group
  • The Advertising Archives

Artworks by:

  • Anonymous, Jonah, Pamplona Bible, Navarre, 1197
  • Anonymous, Vetus Testamentum cum glossa ordinaria, ca.1250
  • Anonymous, Jami al-Tavarikh folio, Jonah and the Whale, ca.1400
  • Anonymous, Jonah, 1425
  • Anonymous, Cutting up the Whale, 1880
  • Thomas Beale, Sperm Whales, 1839
  • Kosta Boda replica, Jonah and the Whale
  • Charles Dessalines D’Orbigny, Balaena mysticetus, ca. 1850
  • B. Waterhouse Hawkins, Graphic Illustrations of Animals: The Whale, ca. 1850
  • Carl Linnaeus, Systema Naturae Illustrations, 1735-58
  • Linton, William James, Boats attacking whales, ca. 1830
  • August Rodin, The Hand of God, 1907
  • Abram Salm, Whaling in the Northern Ice Sea, 1695
  • J.M.W. Turner, Whalers, 1845

Support:

  • Faculty Research Fund, Parsons School of Design
  • Student Research Fund, The New School 

Special Thanks: