Timekeepers: A Documentary
Horology is the science of measuring time and the art of making timepieces. For thousands of years humans have been developing ingenious ways to keep track of time. It first started as humans looked up to the skies and noticed patterns in the way celestial bodies moved. However, they soon needed a way to keep track of time in smaller increments. Thus began the quest of mankind to accurately and uniformly measure time. Before long sundials, incense clocks from Asia, and clepsydras (water clocks) began to emerge.
Our goal is to investigate the evolution of Horology and how general scientific innovation has grown steadily along with innovations in Horology. A few months ago we started interviewing watch and clockmakers in hopes of understanding their profession. However, we soon came to the realization that there was much more to the subject. There was a rich history full of amazing stories that needed to be told. These watch and clockmakers that we interviewed are a vital part of keeping the field of Horology alive. We felt that they needed our help. Each one the people that were interviewed are both engineers and artisans. From ornate designs on the outside to small mathematical calculations on the inside, everything needs to be perfect for a timepiece to operate properly. In hopes of sparking an interest in Horology, we decided to put together a smaller and shorter video to showcase these people.
However, we do not want to only cover watch and clockmakers in our documentary. We are going to show how the mechanics of these timepieces work, how ancient timepieces developed over centuries, the theory of time travel and space time, and much more.
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THE NEXT STEP
We decided to look towards Kickstarter for help because we are unable to keep the project running with our own funds. Also, we felt that time is everybody's story. Everyone is affected by time each day. We use watches, clocks, phones, ovens, televisions and billboards to keep track of time. We rely on it to be accurate and constant. But how did we get to this point? That is the story that we want to tell.
With the funds that we receive through our campaign, we will be able to make use of all the contacts that we have made over the last few months to properly investigate the field of Horology. It will cover equipment costs, traveling expenses to a variety of Horological organizations and licensing fees.
THE FINAL PRODUCT
This documentary will be for educational purposes to hopefully spark an interest in the next generation to appreciate and even pursue Horology as a career or hobby. It will be available to national organizations such as the NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) and AWCI (American Watchmakers and Clockmakers Institute) to hopefully be used to as a means to educate and enthuse young kids or those who have never given thought to how their watches and clocks actually work.
We want to be able to thank everyone for the help they give us. We have put together some great rewards to get everyone excited about the documentary and Horology.
We are most excited about the original documentary artwork designed by, Anastasia Gentry. She has put together a great piece of artwork for us to use throughout our campaign. This artwork will be available to those who can help contribute to our campaign.
Other rewards that we have put together include pocket watches, cuckoo clocks, a beautiful anniversary clock and digital downloads of the final film.
(Photos are meant to give an approximation on what final rewards will look like!)
We are really looking forward to being able to spend time working on this project. Please contribute whatever you might be able to, and even if you can't than just pass our message along. Because like we said before time is part of everybody's life.
Risks and challenges
We have already started the project by making contacts and interviewing a variety of people that are knowledgeable on the subject. However, there are challenges ahead that we know we will be facing.
Horology is such a vast field that an entire series could be made investigating the subject. The material can be overwhelming at times and we have started to sift through the information and subjects to narrow down important key points that we want to highlight in the film. Our documentary is going to be a starting point for those interested in the field and we need to make sure that we do not become bogged down on the infinite possibilities within the subject matter.
The other challenge that we face is that we are only three people. This is a large undertaking. However, we have started clearing out large amounts of time that can be dedicated to this project upon the completion of funding. Since we all work in the media field we know what goes into producing such projects and have a definitive advantage of being able to see and understand what we have to do ahead.
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