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