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pledged of £6,000pledged of £6,000 goal
27
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 20 2014 10:15 AM UTC +00:00

About

Beginnings

In 2013, the campaign for independence in Scotland was warming up for a battle. The status quo pitted against an uncertain future. The Yes campaign had a long way to go in convincing people to vote for the unknown. This is when we decided to follow a group of grassroots campaigners and their project to hand knit a map of Scotland.

We poured all our money and any free time we had into travelling the length and breadth of Scotland to document the story of these women.

What has a knitted map of Scotland got to do with the campaign for independence? Read on…

An 85% turnout, 97% voter registration and a 15% increase in the percentage of the electorate who voted for independence. These are all major achievements for a campaign that had once been considered on the fringe of British politics. Just one year previously, the Yes campaign faced certain defeat, but the work of grassroots activists changed their fate and with it that of the entire United Kingdom.

Social Fabric is the story of a women across Scotland who decided to knit a map of Scotland. The idea was conjured up to engage women in the debate which had left many cold, as one of the co-founders of the proect Aimee Chalmers describes it:

Knitting became a social and political act: building bridges not barriers, and making a strong statement – ‘Be aware. We are here. This is who we are, these are our perspectives, this is our land.’

The film follows several of the women as they decide on which stitch to use and what choice to make on September 18th 2014.

Although the campaign failed to secure a majority of the votes it succeeded where mainstream politicians couldn’t, in galvanising the nation around a common cause and the corpse of participatory democracy was revived.

Endings

What we need to do now is finish the film. We have followed the story of the map up until the referendum, but the story of independence doesn't end there. The campaign lives on.

We will be filming a final act for the film and require money for the equipment as well as post-production.

If you are intrigued as many political commentators were about the strength and resilience of grassroots support of the campaign for independence, this film will show the passion behind the rhetoric and the social actions which brought Scotland together on the brink of separation from the UK.

If you want to know more about why people wanted independence for Scotland; their hopes, fears, doubts and dreams this film will explain what civic nationalism means to different people.

Where your money goes:

Final film shoot 


Equipment hire, one week: 400

Car hire, one week: 150

Edit

2,500 (based on daily rate of editor x 10 days)

Sound mix: 1,500

Archive footage: 2'30 Scottish independence archives at 700 per clip (x2) 1,400

Rewards

Packaging and sending: 50

NB both directors and producers are foregoing their salary in order to get this film finished.

Risks and challenges

We are in the final stages of the film, it is 90% filmed and the post-production has begun. We just need that final financial push to finish the film.

The obvious delays come with the terrain. This is a documentary. The final scenes rely on human behaviour, so this could delay the production. In this case we will try to resolve any issues with creative solutions.

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