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A fire-fighter and a soldier in full gear bear the same load as a Medieval armoured fighter. Which would perform the best in the run?
A fire-fighter and a soldier in full gear bear the same load as a Medieval armoured fighter. Which would perform the best in the run?
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[update] Stretch goal @7'500.-

See my update #7. The extra money will go as reward for the backers who already pledged 75.- or more (or new backers who choose this perk and above). They will get an additional free tshirt (exclusive shipment). Thank you so much for your support!

The short film in a few words

The modern fire-fighter or the soldier carries a load of approx. 20-25kg at the most. That’s about the same load imposed on a late medieval armoured fighter, and we know this from recent scholarly work, including experimentation phases with modern-day equipment and faithful replica (3D motion capture, energy expenditure measured on treadmills). Following on from our previous production (see below), we chose the obstacle run on a military base in Switzerland to demonstrate the mobility of the armoured fighter with a comparative approach. Everybody knows, or can easily picture how agile fire-fighters or modern soldiers are. Is it the same for an armoured knight? We want to show it to the world by means of a public outreach short film, displayed in arms and amours exhibitions and free on Youtube.

Our previous works - Public outreach short films based on scholarly work

We carry on scholarly endeavours to deconstruct widespread myth and misconceptions about late medieval armour. Our interdisciplinary approach comprises History, History of Science and Technology, Movement Science, Arms and Armour studies and Historical European Martial Arts studies.

For the scientists around - and brave enough readers - read our latest published article here

For those of you who do not get off by reading scientific articles, blogposts about our work (Gizmodo, The Medievalists) have been published and can give you a quick and painless insight into our research.

We have produced two short films intended for arms and armour exhibitions, based on our studies. It is important for us to show this works to the broadest audience possible. That is why we posted it for free under a Creative Common Licence (CC BY-NC-SA, 3.0). As it turns out, both videos reached mainstream media on several occasions.

2011: Fighting in armour (2mio views)

2016: Moving in Harness (300’000 views in two weeks) 

Why do we need money? 

Making short films is not part of the classical academic way of publishing research, at least that is not where the money lies in Academia for our research field. The exhibitions where the short films are displayed are limited in budget (an exhibition in a museum rarely makes money, in fact it tends to looses it). Therefore, only minimal funding was obtained, which is just enough to cover travel and food costs for the team, and when lucky, a small amount for the postproduction. So far, we have been working with semi-professional teams and very limited production equipment. We want to change that and shift gear.

Where does your money go?

For this short film, we want footage filmed from drones (to get the upper perspective of the obstacle run), better filming devices allowing proper slow-motion sequences for agility details, and a clean, professional post-production. That also implies a wider team, more work, and in the end more money. The chart below displays our budget breakdown.

When can you see the short film? 

It will be displayed during a premiere at the current exhibition in Switzerland next October (Armatus Corpus), followed by a short conference and a VIP reception (October 13, 2016). The day after, this movie will be posted on Youtube under a CC licence, free to be viewed by anyone. The backers who chose the relevant perks will get their maximum definition copy for personal download at the same time.

Support us… Have a look at what we achieved with lesser means and imagine what we could do with your support! Many thanks in advance and I really hope you’ll enjoy our next short film.

Daniel Jaquet.

Institutional partners : Military Museum, Castle of Morges (Switzerland); Place d'Armes of Bières (Switzerland); Fire-Fighter Battalions of the city of Fribourg and Marly (Fribourg - Switzerland).

Risks and challenges

Not so many after all... Our shooting date is already planned (August, 26), the team is booked and post-production is carefully planned (September). The coordination meeting with the military authorities went well, including authorisation for drone filming, and the performers are currently training. What could go wrong?

The weather: We’re shooting in the open. If it rains, we’ll be wet and it will look more dramatic. The only uncertainty is the drone filming sequences. Unless there is an actual storm, we’ll shoot it August, 26. If there is an actual storm, we’ll delay the shooting, but you’ll get your movie on time (October).

So, no hard risk all in all, it will just be way better and much more awesome with your support (and name in the end credits), than without.

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