Great News: We are Moving!
Yes, we're Moving and the good news is we are still making the film!
With investors and our own funds (that can not be placed here on Kickstarter for policy reasons) we are moving forward on our website but we still really need your help! As our Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled and you will not be charged, please follow with us on the journey to our new donation page at www.ReclaimingtheBlade.com, sign up for the same package you had here and we can make the film. We appreciate everyone's support very much and look forward to seeing you over on the new website!
For those of you ordering the first film now that we are moving you will receive it right away and don't have to wait until next year.
Here are other reasons for the move:
1. We are not as limited on time. Many promoters came in at the last minute during the 11th hour and we really did not have time to set things up. They will be joining us now at the new site and these include some of the largest brands and website on the internet.
2. We can begin work right away on the film and continue with your support to finish on-time and we can of course pre-sale the new film until it is ready to ship!
3. We can accept investor funds, which was not possible with Kickstarter
4. We accept PayPal, a much more universal form of payment than Amazon.
5. We can provide even better rewards. Certain things are simply not allowed on Kickstarter, on the new site we can do what we feel is best for the backers.
6. We won't have to pay Kickstarter fees and by moving we may actually be able to lower the budget.
7. You will be able to select more than 1 reward putting together your own Sons of Fire package if you like!
Here at the Galatia Films we want to give back and better the cultural community. We invite you to join us every Saturday at 5p.m. EST for another exciting episode of the fast growing SwordTalks show, designed to educate and inspire others when it comes to the sword. Also as part of Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire movement we will gather together sword experts and visit schools in the US (and Europe while traveling to make the film) to inspire and educate new generation. As it is said: "Those who don't know their past shall have no future." We want to insure that the traditions of the blade, we work so hard to reclaim today, will not fall into darkness, but rather be carried through all time.
Help us make a difference and head on over to www.ReclaimingtheBlade.com to give your support. Thank you and we are looking forward to making this amazing film for and with you!
-Reclaiming the Blade Team
Galatia Films' Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire
A film like this is only as strong as its people and cannot be made without the right elements, much like the refinement of making a true blade - the various forms of steel are brought together to form one strong sword. Crafted for both purpose and honor - join us in making history once again!
For the Love of the Blade
Swords create legends, spark tales, and even write history. Whether it’s studying the techniques behind the blade, the art that goes into crafting them, or the joy of watching “the great dance” come alive on the big screen, each of us has been marked by the sword in one way or another. The sword has created a passion that lives within each of us, a fire that we cannot quench.
This same passion drove Galatia Films to produce their first Reclaiming the Blade film. With reviews naming it “Epic and grand!” and “Sensational and long overdue!”, it’s no surprise that it won it’s way to become a #1 iTunes documentary. Produced with the support of The Lord of the Rings special effects team Weta Workshop and The Royal Armouries, the movie featured the voice of John Rhys-Davies and included exclusive insights from legends such as Bob Anderson, Viggo Mortensen, and Karl Urban.
Reclaiming the Blade won the hearts of every sword enthusiast, and now Galatia Films has officially announced the news that the long-awaited sequel is here at last!
Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire
While the first film focused on both European and Asian historical swordplay and offered an in-depth look at the fascinating world of stage combat on the silver screen, the second installment, Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire, will take a closer look at the sword and bladesmiths who create real historical blades just as they were handcrafted from iron ore thousands of years ago.
These bladesmiths are the life-blood of this new movement and resurgence of the blade. They create not only replicas, but real historical pieces that the martial artist then use to train with, learning the techniques from the original fight masters.
Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire will also feature two phenomenal sword trainers from The Chronicles of Narnia films, Brian Danner (300, Master and Commander, The Three Musketeers) and Allen Poppleton (Wolverine, Spartacus, Avatar, Narnia). We are happy to announce that Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian) and William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia) should be joining us as well for unique interviews.
Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire will explore the gaming culture, as well as sword crafting and wielding within digital domains. The online gaming and RPG (Role Playing Games) worlds present a very interesting opportunity to learn more about our true fascination with the sword. The first film delved deep into the cultural influence of swords in television and movies, while the second film, Sons of Fire expects to learn more about the army of gamers and developers who love the sword just as much. From forging a "real" digital sword, to then taking up that weapon and using it in great battles and epic online quests, the second film will leave no stone unturned in exploring our true love with the blade.
Where does this fascination with the sword lead and what is our final destination? Will crafting systems and digital blacksmithing become more real than ever? Will the martial prowess and historical movements in digital space become more and more like their deadly counterparts? Galatia Films will be exploring these questions and more in our sequel. Let's face it, there are many more things we can do in a game that are just not practical in the real world!
Forging the Way
The funds raised in this Kickstarter campaign will be used specifically to complete the film and deliver a very high quality product in the end. Specific portions of the financing budget will go to editing, special effects, DVD jacket design, special features, original interviews, and music. The final budget will ensure release and distribution of the film.
Put to work on these tasks is an award winning crew that works very hard for not much more than simply their passion to make good films and their love of the blade. Galatia Films will travel the globe to find the best interviews and moments for the blade, and deliver them in an awe-inspiring film that will encourage you to take up the sword!
The Master Craftsmen
Galatia Films is a US production company managing projects from early development to final publicity. Working with key executives, production talent and A-list actors, Galatia specializes in both history and fantasy; delivering legends from the past to international audiences today.
Formed in March 2011, the Middle-earth Network is a multi-media company with branches in social media, website hosting/design, publishing, audio and video production, online radio, and higher education, as well as news outlets all centered around fantasy, sci-fi, and history.
Where are the funds needed?
Galatia Films has arranged the interviews, done the pre-production planing and writing. We have begun to shoot interviews but need 150k to complete all the interviews (the more interviews the better the film) ... we need 35k for editing, graphics and titles. We also need an additional 57k for both travel and shooting budgets (sound, lights, camera) for some of the more far aways and exotic interviews/locations but we do not want to leave anyone out and to tell this story properly we will need these interviews.
We are going to put another amazing soundtrack on this film with top upcoming pop/rock artists (John DiBartolo being one) and an orchestral score written by a good Hollywood composer, we are considering David James Nielsen should we reach our goal but we need desperately need those funds. Orchestra.net will record the orchestral score in Prague, the cheapest place on earth with the best players to put brilliant orchestra music to the sword. The blade deserves the very best music. This final music budget is roughly 12k.
Further there are still special effects, animations that need to be done with the animation company involved. This comes to about 45k and will enable us to tell the story with images that focus on energy and history of the sword. We also plan to use special 3D software that will allow us to show sword fights in film, movies, games and real life that detail all the action from every angle, but we need your help to make complete this.
We also have legal, accounting and attorney fees that come with telling a story that includes Hollywood to a certain degree. These fees total 7K. Ultimately we can not finish our film without the above, and without your help. Thank you so much for your support!
A Tribute to Bob Anderson
As part of the effort to revive the glory of the blade and bring the sword community together Galatia Films and Middle-earth Network have partnered to host a massive online convention, ‘Reclaiming the Blade Day’. It will air live August 3, 2013, in tribute to the late Bob Anderson and other great sword masters.
Special featured guests include John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones), Richard Taylor and Weta Workshop (Avatar, The Hobbit), photographer Ian Brodie (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia), John Clements (sword expert and academic), and other celebrities, along with a horde of fantasy and sci-fi fans, affiliates, scholars, and artists of the Middle-earth Network. Two great Hollywood stunt sword coordinators are joining us as well for Sons of Fire and likely ‘Reclaiming the Blade Day’, Allan Poppleton (Wolverine, Spartacus, Avatar, Narnia) and Brian Danner (300, Master and Commander, The Three Musketeers).
The growing roster of events will be made up of exclusives with bladesmiths and scholars, plus giveaways, movie viewings, live chats with stars, and exclusive spokespeople for the event. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Balanced Blade is a Beautiful Thing
Producing Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire is, without a doubt, a massive project. However, the folks at Galatia Films and Middle-earth Network feel that preserving the sword’s true history and the combat techniques that surround it are vital. It is this knowledge that needs to be passed on to future generations.
Join us! Become something more than a spectator, help us capture these epic moments for the blade, and make your mark in history!
We know many will want to help, but may not have the funds to do so. We completely understand, and wonder if perhaps you have something you can offer as a prize or reward, or even something to barter. Let us know! We’re interested and would love to hear from you. If you are ready to jump in with both feet and were thinking something more substantial to our already listed producer packages - we are very interested in hearing from you as well. Contact us! Email: email@example.com
Risks and challenges
Galatia Films may experience production delays in reaching certain talent across the globe that may not be easy to capture. We will endeavor to track down every relevant specialist and artist out there to bring you their brilliant perspective on the blade, however, sometimes they can be elusive. In the first film we faced great challenges to get every interview that we needed to tell the story but in the end we did not miss anything that was crucial and stumbled upon some great teachers of the blade.
Technical difficulties can arise in any filmmaking process. From pre to post production, these are inevitable. Nevertheless, we will take every precaution necessary to ensure that the film is produced on time and of the highest possible quality. It is our duty to you, the fans, artists, the academics, the practitioners, experts, and to the sword. We want to get the story right again and expect to deliver a phenomenal film everyone can be proud of, encouraging a new generation of people to take up the blade and become "men at arms".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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