Welcome to our Kickstarter Campaign to help fund The World's First Official Every Day Carry (EDC) Documentary Feature Film.
For this film, we are going to get in front of some of the worlds most talented EDC makers on the planet but in a way you have never seen before.
We will explore the past, present and future of EDC from the perspective of your favourite makers. Why they got into EDC? How they started creating EDC? Personal Role Models, Personal Collections, Biggest Challenges, Community Involvement and much more. Get up close and personal with some of the most talented EDC makers in the world and explore how and why they became a maker of Every Day Carry.
The film will then go from category to category of some of the worlds most popular EDC gear, covering almost every aspect and genre of some of the worlds most incredible metal and leather goods and explore the process of how it's made...
"So............what do they make.....?"
That's a little more difficult to answer.
The term EDC actually originated decades ago. Every day carry is simply what it implies
"- to carry every day."
There is a sense of preparedness that goes into the carry.
"- always be prepared."
There is also an element of stealth and portability that is seemingly apparent in all aspects of EDC. Most of the items have to fit in your pockets, clip onto your keys, or be wearable in some way; The individual who takes part in EDC will be ready for anything life decides to throw their way, but not be inconvenienced by heavy gear.
EDC is not all serious tasks though. It can also be incredibly entertaining with precision instruments such as tops, spinners, sliders and oloids?!.
What's an Oloid you ask?
See why we need to create a film.....?
Here is a great example -
Rich Stadler from Billetspin creates metal precision spinning tops that exceed spin times of 20 minutes being spun by hand. They do so by attaining near perfect centres of balance while minimizing friction and air resistance. Not to mention they are spinning works of art and are completely limited in numbers using some of the worlds most precious and rare metals. And that's just one of more than 30 cast members in the film that are just like that.
The film will also be educational in nature and as an added experience - all the backers get to take place in an immersive and interactive platform using facebook live and video links - in real time while we are filming the movie.
There is an exclusive members only group for backers of the film and we will even allow you the possibility to shape the outcome of the film with questions asked to each maker. It is available at a very affordable backing level because we want everyone to be a part of it.
This type of interactive production has never really been done before and we will be setting a precedence of interactive film making - with the advancements of social media we can make this easily possible. We already have the community.
The film itself will be a very high level documentary film as far as image quality is concerned. A great deal of documentary films are shot in REC 709 on Digital SLR cameras and this creates a more "video" type of image in the final production when compared to your typical Hollywood Blockbuster film. Although there is nothing wrong with shooting a documentary like this, It can sometimes lack the necessary colour science and dynamic range to produce a film that can represent a scene, object or person properly.
By shooting in DNG RAW Lossless video codec - we will be able to take in the full spectrum of image data to better show you the viewer - just how spectacular this gear really is. The footage will be professionally colour corrected and graded to emulate a blockbuster motion picture.
For Every Day Carry : The Official Documentary, The entire film is to be shot the Black Magic Ursa 4.6k Digital Film Camera in Super 35 DNG RAW with exceptionally high levels of dynamic range and exquisite colour science. This is a larger type of Cinema Camera that has extraordinary post production flexibility. The image quality will be of the highest of cinematic excellence in order to capture the essence of the artistic masterpieces that these makers create.
The scope of the film is very large and we have a lot of people to get in front of so the majority of the budget will be used in obtaining that footage globally and getting camera crews in front of our talented cast of over 35 makers. We have some makers in Denmark (ANSO) and some in England (ROTABLADE) and one even in Hawaii (KEN ONION) for example - These makers along with all the others are very important to the overall story and will create the huge overall depth of this documentary.
The challenge at that point will be to narrow down over 50 hours of footage into a 160 minute film. (Over 2.5 hours total run time)
The film will also involve complete maker tours and exclusive video of some of the most incredible EDC work in progress. You get a complete look of some of your favorite artists in action with behind the scenes footage. You might even get a tip of two for any future makers watching.
The film will take an in depth look at the charity efforts of Rob Baptie and an incredible Not for Profit organization called THE HATE PROJECT which to date has raised over $750 000 for organizations such as MAKE A WISH, THE CURE STARTS NOW, RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE and THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION with the sale and distribution of Hogs of Hope and Hate Dust.
Finally the film will educate.
Why do knives lock differently? What steel is best for each task? What's the difference between steel and titanium? What the &%$# is superconductor?
Where did the fidget spinner come from? What is Tritium? What are Lumens? Open or sealed bearings? Drop Point or Tanto blade?
Why do some tops spin longer than others, How big can some collections get? ( you wouldn't believe it if I told you.....)
Blades, Bearings, Knives, Pens, Lights, Tritium, Spinners, Metal Art, Tops, Leather, Spoon Rings, Knucks, Beads, Key Holders, Clips and Biners, Tools, Prys and much more. We will dive into each genre of EDC and take it all apart - so to speak.
Most EDC items are handmade, very limited in production and sold amongst the most passionate collectors the world has ever encountered. The quality of the items is immeasurable and the items are so well built they are easily passed on through generations.
And if you don't know what some of these things are?
All we need is your help to fund the production so we can show you. :)
For the EDC community of collectors this will be a chance to create a project along side your favourite artists.
Some of the levels even allow you to have your name immortalized in history with this project in the credits (which in itself will be a visual presentation of backers and supporters from this campaign) along side your favorite EDC makers.
Some levels allow for video clips and even cameos.
We want to involve you the backer in the film. We are ready to show the world how incredible this community really is.
And finally the film will dive into the most important part of EDC.
The part that makes it all possible.
You. The collector.
The film will finally showcase some of the worlds most incredible EDC collections and the people that collect it. The community would not be where it is today without the love and support of these collectors and we will try to capture that essence on film and show it to the world.
At the end of the day - we are all collectors of something.
Help us create a film so we can show the world what's in OUR pockets.
I am the director of the film. But first and foremost I am an EDC collector. Just like you.
Thanks for the support.
Matt Manteiga owns and operates SkyDefinition Motion Pictures. By profession a director and film producer for a variety of different mediums, he has spent the majority of his life behind a video camera and in post production including professional colour correction / grading and editing. Matt began editing on Linear VHS cassettes and film in the early 1990's and has evolved continuously with the time into high quality, high resolution, lossless digital film.
First and formost though, he is a passionate EDC collector.
We have a dedicated crew working on this project, including an award winning, nationally distributed writer/producer, Chris John and Kayla Manteiga our production VP of Operations and Social Media Manager. With over 30 years of hands on experience in film, we are excited to go on this journey with you and share this story.
On top of our experienced crew, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the ultimate group of creators and collectors from this community.
Below is a sneak peek of the exquisite pieces of art, and the makers you can expect to see in this film.
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges when creating a film, so we are fortunate to have an experienced crew who have faced these challenges before. We are more than confident in our ability to navigate these potential roadblocks and we guarantee that will deliver a great documentary.
Our goal is to have the finished product by May 2018.
**In extremely rare cases some makers are unable to customize Ti metal Dog Tags due to lack of metal stamping equipment. Please double check to ensure maker participation with this reward level. Most of our makers in the film are able to work with metal products and have agreed to participate with custom stamp work etc.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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