Survival expertise called upon for major new TV series
Producers of a major new TV series starring Jason Momoa as a warlord in an alien blind world 600-years hence turned to the skills of a leading survival academic for advice.
When See is released on Friday 1 November, to coincide with the launch of Apple TV+, few will be watching more closely than University of Cumbria’s bushcraft expert, Lisa Fenton.
The former apprentice to renowned self-sufficiency guru, Ray Mears, Dr Fenton joined a three-day think tank session in Soho to investigate how life might be centuries after a cataclysmic incident resulted in the collapse of society and a blind population.
Joining a team including Peaky Blinders creator, Stephen Knight, Dr Fenton had to imagine a world where people had lost the sense of sight long ago.
She explained: “We were asked how societies might have re-evolved to live, hunt, trap, find food and resources, communicate, produce clothing, art, and so on, without sight.
“We shared ideas on how they would move around, identify themselves, communicate at distances and how they would hunt for furs for clothing, bone for tools and weapons for food.
“It was a fantastically creative and intense experience, with free-flowing ideas and imaginative turns. Watching See is going to be thought-provoking and fascinating.”
Playing the lead is Jason Momoa, whose previous roles have included Aquman and Khal Drogo. As the dramatic story lines unfold, the plot thickens when two children are born with the mythical ability to see.
Dr Fenton added: “It’s a cleverly conceived plot and we discussed how people might develop a sort of alphabet, or language, based on touch, a bit like braille, only based on knots in ropes and string.
“We looked at a system of complex string-based traps that caught small mammals and acted as an alarm so the setters knew when to empty and reset it, a bit like a spider’s web. I was also able to explain how similar woven traps could be used to catch fish.
“We concluded that sound, smell, touch and texture would become more vital and hearing would be better developed for both hunting and communicating.”
Earlier this year, Dr Fenton addressed the Global Bushcraft Symposium in Canada. She also co-founded and ran the Woodsmoke School of Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival in the Lake District for 18-years.
She is a doctor of ethnobiology, the study of humans’ relationship with the natural environment, from past to present, and has lived among people and wilderness in some of the world’s most remote regions.
Watch the official See trailer on Youtube here.