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No. 2, overlooked as a common tool, continues to lose dominance in our media-saturated world. The pencil needs to be honored.
No. 2, overlooked as a common tool, continues to lose dominance in our media-saturated world. The pencil needs to be honored.
100 backers pledged $6,088 to help bring this project to life.

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No. 2: Story of the Pencil Documentary

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ALERT: We've added a voice to our Story of the Pencil. David Carson, one of the most influential designers of this century, jumped on board to share his perspective on the significance of the pencil in art. Help us push this campaign further than my vision.

David Carson
David Carson

 ALERT: Not only did Carson join the project, Caroline from CW Pencils is looking forward to sharing her perspective on the pencil. Notice the two pencil books on the right side of her shelf below. Those interviews are in the bag. (Henry Petroski and David Rees.)

CW Pencils
CW Pencils
The Accomplished Pencil
The Accomplished Pencil

No.2, overlooked as a common tool, continues to lose dominance in a media saturated world. However, history tells a different story.

Pencil Script
Pencil Script

The Pencil changed everything. Invention, craftsmanship, art, engineering, manufacturing, government, history, and business are a result of the pencil. Although the Pencil technology provided a way to move thoughts to a tangible form, technology is never static.

As technology is a key focus to every aspect of society today, the pencil begins to lose its significance. With so many aspects of society existing in binary code, the pencil needs to be honored. We are in a battle against time. If we move away from using this analog piece of technology, what is society losing? How significant is the pencil to ingenuity? Should we care if the pencil shifts to the backseat?

No.2 film seeks to develop the historical significance of the pencil in a charming and emotional story of a common ordinary tool.

We have connected with the most prominent voices on the pencil to help tell this story. Help us finish the film and work towards getting this story to a larger audience.

Artisan Pencil Sharpener David Rees
Artisan Pencil Sharpener David Rees
Henry Petroski-Author of "The Pencil"
Henry Petroski-Author of "The Pencil"

 Here's our first film poster externalized. It's heading to hang in the Regal Cinema in Knoxville for its premiere screening at the Knoxville Film Festival.

Pencil Poster
Pencil Poster

Risks and challenges

We understand the universal interpretive nature of the pencil. It's a symbol that we have experienced together from the beginning.

In order to tell this story, we targeted the most prominent voices on the pencil from a historical and future perspective.

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    PENCIL NOVICE

    Pull out your old yellow pencil and raise it high. Yell at the top of your lungs "I love pencils." Besides that, we'll send you film updates and our everlasting gratitude.

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    PENCIL FETISH

    Have you missed the feeling of holding that yellow No. 2 pencil in your hand? Contribute at this level and we send you an official Musgrave Harvest No. 2 Pencil.

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    PENCIL PRACTITIONER

    At this level, you are ready to sharpen pencils. You will receive a pack of Musgrave No. 2 pencils and a sharpener. Along with that, we send you updates, a digital download when the film is commercially available and a physical copy of the DVD.

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    Besides experiencing the sharpening of a pencil again, we will send you an official film poster.

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    OFFICIAL PENCIL CREW

    Your name will be permanently written (in digital letters) on the big screen in the "Special Thanks" section. Along with that you will receive an official film poster signed by the Writer/Director.

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    PENCIL HISTORIAN

    You are a pencil historian at this level. As a backer, you will receive a .pdf of all eight-plus hours of interview transcripts.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    Looking to add a film credential on IMDB? Support the film at this level and you are added to the official No. 2: Story of the Pencil credit bill. Along with that, you receive all items mentioned above.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    At this level, you are a committed pencil user for life. Your name carries the tradition of the pencil for generations to follow. Your name is listed as Executive Producer in all printed and digital materials attached to No. 2: Story of the Pencil.

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    PENCIL MASCOT

    Let us take you to the "Pencil City" and tour one of the last pencil manufacturing facilities in the US. All expenses paid. This visit is arranged at a mutually convenient time with donor, director, and manufacturer.

    Along with that, you will receive your very own pencil sharpened by the "Artisan Pencil Sharpener" David Rees.

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