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A documentary about a small police bagpipe band with big dreams; to change the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace
A documentary about a small police bagpipe band with big dreams; to change the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace
A documentary about a small police bagpipe band with big dreams; to change the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace
248 backers pledged CA$ 53,800 to help bring this project to life.

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Do you love the sound of the bagpipes? Are you a piper or drummer? Perhaps you're a police officer, military, or a family member or supporter of the police/military? Maybe you're a fan of the Royal family, or celtic music? Or maybe you're just a proud Canadian who likes to see stories of other Canadians doing amazing things around the world! 

Look no further than 'The Queen's New Guard' 

‘The Queen’s New Guard’ is a dramatic feature documentary that follows the world's oldest police pipe band, The Vancouver Police, as they attempt to make history on their 100th anniversary by becoming the first non-military pipe band to perform the Changing of the Queen’s Guard Ceremony in London. 

Enter the Vancouver Police Pipe Band
Enter the Vancouver Police Pipe Band

Approaching their 100th consecutive year of service, the Vancouver Police Pipe Band is facing a succession crisis, with members retiring faster than the band can recruit. In a bid to attract more talent to the band through media attention, Pipe Major Cst. Cal Davis and Pipe Sergeant Bob Murphie decide to do something no other band has done before...

A succession crisis...
A succession crisis...

But the Royal household and British Army are all about tradition, and are not in the business of changing those traditions for just anyone. And even if successful, this plan still might not get the band the members we need to survive! 

Permission must come directly from her majesty...
Permission must come directly from her majesty...

This film follows the band as they honour the fallen officers who came before by attempting the impossible, and the struggles to overcome the obstacles on that journey.

Honouring the Fallen Moncton RCMP officers
Honouring the Fallen Moncton RCMP officers

This film started as a passion project for Band member and TV producer Carter Smith, but once it became clear the size of the story, it quickly turned into a full time project. A film is a monster project that incorporates a huge amount of skilled people across various disciplines. We have reached the edge of our technical and financial limits as to where we can take the film without further funding, and need your help to finish the movie!

VPPB Piper Dave Glover chasing a childhood dream
VPPB Piper Dave Glover chasing a childhood dream

 

Broadcast standards demand that most documentaries of this nature be cut to a TV hour (44 minutes). However we have more than enough footage to edit this into a larger, more in depth piece. It was always the vision that this would be a feature length documentary suitable to be played on Netflix or Amazon.

This film is a rollercoaster of emotion...
This film is a rollercoaster of emotion...

If this campaign is successful in reaching the goal of $50,000 we will release the 45 minute version of the film online to all our backers. We believe that this story is important and needs to be shared with the world. However, it was our original vision that this material is worthy of a feature length documentary, so if we reach our stretch goal of $100,000 we will expand the film to a 90 minute feature!

Prepare to be blown away by this film...
Prepare to be blown away by this film...

With the Kickstarter funding we'll hire a team of post production specialist who will work with Producer Carter Smith for a period of 2-3 months to complete the film. There is over 6 TB (6,000 gigs!) of footage to cut together and we will need dedicated professionals to help edit the film to broadcast standards. To hire these specialists we need to be able to pay them a quality salary. Money will go to hire an editor to cut the footage together, a composer to score the film, a colorist to make it look awesome, an audio specialist to make it sound amazing, and a graphics designer to give it cool credits, titles and graphic sequences, as well as marketing the film so it can go to a select few documentary film festivals and be shared with the world! Costs will also go to the rewards, such as printing costs for posters, t-shirts, hats, blu-rays etc.

We Need YOU!
We Need YOU!

CAST & CREW

Carter Smith is a member of the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, who also happens to be a producer for the Discovery Channel’s hit show, ‘GOLD RUSH’. His personal production company, Munro Media, has championed the project.

Fred Oldendorf of the Vancouver Police Department has helped a ton as well by shooting and editing in his spare time.

Some of the music to be used in the film is written and performed by Lincoln Hilton, the Mozart of bagpipe composition and performance.

Sarah McLachlan performs with the VPPB!
Sarah McLachlan performs with the VPPB!

The film also features appearances by Sarah McLachlan, Gordon Campbell, and members of the Royal Family! Which Royals you ask? 

Back the film to find out which Royals make an appearance!
Back the film to find out which Royals make an appearance!

 

Risks and challenges

The Queen’s New Guard was an ambitious project from the start. What’s great is that thanks to Fred, Carter, and many others, the film is entirely shot, and the events all properly captured. 6000 gigs is a ton of footage to work with, and so many great moments were caught on camera that there is no turning back. This story must be told. We just need funding to hire the editing team necessary to craft the raw footage into a finished film to be shared with you! Funding a film is tough, but this story means a lot to so many people that with your help we can bring this project to life, and share it with the world!

We have also already teamed up with a qualified partner to print and handle the reward products.

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    The Duet

    Enjoy a digital download of the Vancouver Police performing three iconic tunes: 'The MacKenzie Highlanders' - the first tune the band played way back in 1914; 'Andy Perrie' - in honor of our longest serving member; and the iconic 'Amazing Grace

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    The Cadet

    You'll recieve a digital download of 'The Queen's New Guard' in full HD 1080p resolution, with kickstarter-backer exclusive extra features not available to the public + the three iconic tunes performed by the VPPB!

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    The Constable

    Get a Region-free Blu-Ray or DVD of 'The Queen's New Guard', with extra features and directors commentary + the three iconic bagpipe tunes performed by the VPPB!

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    The Sergeant

    Show your dedication to preserving tradition by sporting an official Vancouver Police Pipe Band Lapel Pin + digital download of the film + the three iconic bagpipe tunes performed by the VPPB!

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    The Staff Sergeant

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    The Inspector

    Got rain? Wear a Vancouver Police Pipe Band CAP! + digital download of the film + the three iconic bagpipe tunes performed by the VPPB!

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    VPPB Hat + Shirt + Lapel Pin + DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack!

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    Media Relations Officer

    Join the band for an advanced private screening of 'The Queen's New Guard' in Vancouver, BC. Travel to, and accommodation in Vancouver are not included + digital download of the film + the three iconic bagpipe tunes performed by the VPPB!

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    The Warrant Officer

    Show your pride for the band and march with the Vancouver Police Pipe Band during a parade! You must arrange your own travel and accommodation in Vancouver + digital download of the film + the three iconic bagpipe tunes performed by the VPPB!

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    The Deputy Chief Constable

    Hang out with the band at the official premiere of 'The Queen's New Guard' in Vancouver, BC! Drinks included! You will have to provide your own travel and accommodation in Vancouver.

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    The Chief Constable

    Your name will appear in the official credit roll as a "Backer" + VPPB hat+ lapel pin + digital download of the film + the three iconic bagpipe tunes performed by the VPPB!

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    The Pipe Sergeant

    You will officially be credited as an Associate Producer of 'The Queen's New Guard' + VPPB hat + lapel pin + digital download of the film + the three iconic bagpipe tunes performed by the VPPB!

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    The Lead Tip

    You will become a bronze level sponsor for the Vancouver Police Pipe Band! You'll receive a Bronze Benefactor Pin + Band crested golf shirt
    + Annual issue of ‘Beyond The Call’ publication
    + Band Challenge Coin + digital download of the film + the three iconic bagpipe tunes performed by the VPPB!

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    The Drum Major

    You will become a Silver level sponsor for the Vancouver Police Pipe Band! You will receive all bronze benefits + Silver Sustainer Pin + Two tickets to the a Robbie Burns Dinner + Listing placement on Band Website
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    The Pipe Major

    You will become a Gold level sponsor for the Vancouver Police Pipe Band! You will receive all bronze and silver benefits + Gold Supporters Pin + Band Jacket with embroidered Band Logo + Performance by Solo Piper at your special event! Because it's not really a party, until someone breaks out the bagpipes! (Solo Piper Limited to Lower Mainland, BC area.)

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    The Guardsmen

    You will become a Platinum level sponsor for the Vancouver Police Pipe Band! You will receive all the bronze, silver, and gold benefits + Four tickets to the Annual Vancouver Police Ball + A mini band to perform at your next corporate function! (Mini-band limited to Lower Mainland, BC area)

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    Captain of the Guard

    You will be inducted as an Honorary member of the Vancouver Police Pipe Band! You will officially be a Co-Producer of 'The Queen's New Guard' and your name will appear on all posters, covers, and credit-rolls. You will also enjoy the benefits of Platinum level sponsorship.

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    The Royal Emissary

    You and a friend comes along to the band's next international tour to see a performance by the Vancouver Police Pipe Band!

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    The Queen's Own Piper

    Wow, you don't mess around. You will officially be an Executive Producer of 'The Queen's New Guard'. Your name will appear on posters, covers, and credit-rolls. You will also become an honorary member of the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, and the full band will perform at your next function! (limited to Lower mainland/Vancouver BC area)

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