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"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return" Leonardo da Vinci

THE MAN WHO FLEW TO EARTH captures one man's quest to achieve the seemingly impossible: to jump out of a helicopter at 2,400ft and land without using a parachute.

WHAT IS THIS?

The Man Who Flew To Earth is a documentary feature film, that follows the lives of Gary Connery and his Wingman Mark Sutton, as they plan, prepare and undertake a feat deemed to be impossible.... To fly and land a wingsuit without using a parachute.

WHAT IS THE AIM?

We have 30 days to reach our target and raise enough money to complete post production of the documentary. It is ALL or NOTHING funding.

Together we can create an incredible and inspiring film, from over 50 hours of breathtaking 'never before seen' footage and interviews.

Everything is lined up and prepared to finish production, NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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WHAT IS THE MAN WHO FLEW TO EARTH ABOUT?

It's not just about a death defying world first that made aviation history. Gary Connery’s attempt to fly confronts us and causes us to consider some of humanities greatest questions.

Director Roy takes us beyond the art of flight and causes us to consider what lies at the very heart of our reason for being. The film examines why we strive to achieve the seemingly impossible, revealing the psychological battle Gary faces and the profound effect this has on everyone around him.

It's a story about what can be achieved when one person's dream captures the imagination and the support of a whole community.

The footage follows an emotional rollercoaster which could never have been predicted. Setbacks and obstacles appear at every turn, and with just days to go before the stunt, a story in a national newspaper crushes the team and puts the whole event in jeopardy.

The jump itself went down in history and was reported around the world. Sadly, events a year on from that day will also never be forgotten by anyone involved.

Mark Sutton, Gary's wingman for the stunt, close friend to the team and a driving force behind this documentary, lost his life in a tragic Wingsuit accident in France.

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WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

Mark was helping fund the project as it went onto post production. Without him everything was put on hold and it became uncertain if the film would still get made. 

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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO FINISH THIS FILM?

We will finish production in honour of Mark. He wanted to create an uplifting documentary that would inspire people around the world to do more of what they love.

At a time when the media focuses so heavily on the elements of life that divide us, help us to tell a story about people from all different walks of life, coming together on one day, in a field in England, to make the impossible, possible.

Please JOIN US in making a film that will:

  • Bring people together. 
  • Inspire them. 
  • Show what can be achieved when we are united.

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Gary spots the landing zone
Gary spots the landing zone
 

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Please share and spread the word about this campaign.

Check out the rewards! We have done our best to provide exclusive items and once in a lifetime experiences for everyone who can help us reach our target over the next 30 days.

Together we can make this happen! We hope the biggest reward of all will be the knowledge that you have made an essential contribution to producing this film, and putting out a positive message into the world. One that will inspire everyone who sees it.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF WE SUCCEED?

Once we have created an award worthy film together, we will be securing screening and distribution deals that get it out to audiences around the world.

Our aim will be for as many people as possible to see the finished documentary.

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The Stuntman:

Gary is one of the world’s most prolific BASE jumpers, notoriously parachuting from The Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, The Eiffel Tower, Nelson’s Column, The London Eye and from inside the top of The Millennium Dome. He is also the only man to ever skydive into an Olympic opening ceremony dressed as the Queen.

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The Wingman:

Mark was one of the world's top Wingsuit flyers. Best remembered worldwide for sky diving into the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony as James Bond. Educated at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he won the Sword of Honour. He received an officer's commission in the 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles in December 1991, and served as an Army Officer until 1995. He died in Chamonix during a flight at the Helibase 74 event.

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The Main-man / Director:

UK Stuntman and Stunt Coordinator. Roy heads up Sugar Glass Productions, a grass roots organisation, that brings innovative and inspiring ideas to life. In his first full feature as Director, he delivers the dramatic style of shooting this film deserves along with a sensitivity that gives us a deeper understanding of the people we meet along the way. 

www.thefallguy.co.uk

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The Magicman / Director of Photography & Editor:

Richard has worked in television drama and film for over 15 years. Working across a wide range of documentary and light entertainment right through to British feature films. He has credits for second unit camerawork on film including film fours 'Random' which won a BAFTA.

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 The Producer - Jon-paul Cox:

Jon-paul loves film, in particular its capacity to inspire people and shift their perspectives. He is determined to see 'The Man Who Flew To Earth' completed and for it to be seen by as wide an audience as possible.

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CO-PILOT - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE FILM - £15

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PILOT - LIMITED EDITION DVD SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR - £25

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THE FLYING SQUIRREL - LIMITED EDITION ACTION STILL FRAME FROM THE FILM. SIGNED BY GARY CONNERY - £50

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LIMITED EDITION ARTWORK BY LUKE BUTLAND - OFFICIAL SCREEN PRINTED POSTER FOR THE FILM + A ONE OFF 'WEAPON OF CHOICE' COMMISSION FOR YOU (16''x 24'') - £1000

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD FILM 'PREMIERE - SECRET SCREENING' TICKETS TO YOUR CHOSEN REWARD. JUST ADD £75 PER TICKET TO YOUR PLEDGE 

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FOR ALL REWARDS THAT INCLUDE A T-SHIRT YOU CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN TWO LIMITED EDITIONS

'HURTLING TO EARTH' - Limited Edition T-shirt design by Luke Butland

T-Shirt design by Luke Butland
T-Shirt design by Luke Butland

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BACK TO BASICS STYLE - "The Man Who Flew To Earth Limited Edition T-Shirt

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We are inviting you to become part of this incredible story.

All of the footage has been shot and we have a hugely talented post production team ready to create a final cut that we expect to be award worthy.

Your backing will go towards editing, sound, grading, motion graphics and finishing all elements of production. Within a few months of hitting our target we will be able to screen the film.

JOIN US WITH THIS FINAL PUSH AND WE CAN ENJOY THE VIEWS FROM THE TOP TOGETHER!

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HOW TO BACK THIS PROJECT?

Donating on Kickstarter is SIMPLE and SECURE, and available to everyone around the world.

1) Log into your Kickstarter account. If you don’t already have a Kickstarter account, it is easy to create one.

2) Click the green “Back This Project” button at the top of this page (or click the reward you want on the right hand side of the page and skip step 3)

3) Enter your pledge amount and select a reward tier (this is the reward you want to receive). If you don't want a reward, select No Reward.

4) Submit your payment information and that’s it!

You should receive a confirmation email moments after you submit your payment information. Kickstarter accepts debit or credit cards associated with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. All payments are in US dollars. Note: Your card will only be charged after August 2nd, and only if we are successful and reach our goal.

Need help? We're here for you. If you have questions at any time, during or after the campaign has closed email us: info@sugarglassproductions.com

Interested in FUND MATCHING this campaign or being a sponsor, please contact Jon-paul directly: jonpaul.cox@me.com

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For a little more background on Director Roy Taylor and his work in film and T.V, here's his stunt show Reel

Other Ways You Can Help

  • We appreciate that some of you will not be in a position to make a financial contribution to this campaign but will still wish to help. 
  •  Please share the link to this page with everyone you know and be part of the story.

Risks and challenges

Film projects can be hard to finance and produce and this has been no exception.

However all of the footage has been shot and the most difficult elements of producing a film of this magnitude to the highest possible production values are now behind us.

We are entirely confident in our capacity to deliver a great film on time and on budget, and you can be too.

We will keep you up to date with our progress and will notify you of any challenges as they arise and are overcome ; )

Be part of the project and help us to raise these last funds. Join us in this last push and help us to reach the summit so we can enjoy the views on the flight down together.

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    POWER IN NUMBERS

    This film is all about people coming together to achieve the seemingly impossible. From jumping from a helicopter and landing without a parachute, to making an independent film through the power of crowd funding :)

    So, for anyone wishing to pledge £1 or more, for the reward of knowing you are helping to make this film a reality. This one is for you.

    You do of course get a huge THANK YOU! Our eternal gratitude, and unlimited good KARMA!

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    AIR MAIL - THE MACGYVER SPECIAL !

    - We will send you a 'The Man Who Flew To Earth' Air Mail postcard with an inspiring quote from MacGyver.

    Plus a HUGE VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE from the team, sent to your phone or email address from us.

    Plus the knowledge that you have helped us get this campaign off the ground.

    We will also keep you fully updated on the films progress and release through a special backer mailing list.

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    CO-PILOT !

    -HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE FILM - Be one of the first people to see the finished documentary before it's official release!

    + 'The Man Who Flew To Earth' Air Mail postcard with an inspiring quote from MacGyver.

    We will also keep you fully updated on the films progress and release through a special backer mailing list.

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    PILOT !

    -LIMITED EDITION DVD SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR

    Be one of the first people to own 'The Man Who Flew To Earth' on DVD. This will come with exclusive case artwork, only available to Kickstarter backers. Each one will be numbered as part of a limited run, and signed by Director, Roy Taylor!

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    THE FLYING SQUIRREL !

    -LIMITED EDITION ACTION STILL FRAME FROM THE FILM.

    Signed by Gary Connery. Taken on the day of the jump.

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    FILM PREMIERE - SECRET SCREENING

    - 1 x Ticket to a private Cast & Crew screening of the film in the heart of London

    An immersive cinema experience at a secret London location.

    Stand alone reward - does not include any of the other rewards with it

    (Location will be revealed 1 week before the event)

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    WING MAN !

    - OFFICIAL 'THE MAN WHO FLEW TO EARTH' SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT

    Be our wingman and receive a numbered T-shirt from a limited run only available to Kickstarter backers.

    + Limited Edition Still Frame from the film
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    FIGHT CLUB !

    -The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.

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    - 1 x Ticket to a private Cast & Crew screening of the film in the heart of London

    An immersive cinema experience at a secret London location. Plus, be one of the first people people to own the DVD.

    (Premiere location will be revealed 1 week before the event)

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    THE FALL GUY !

    - THANK YOU IN THE FILM'S CREDITS + EXCLUSIVE 'THE FALL GUY STUNTS' T-SHIRT

    It normally takes a few hard hits to get your hands on one of these. Only usually available to Stunt Performers who have worked as part of The Fall Guy Stunt team. Join the elite and show your support for the film.

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    THE HONEY BADGER !

    - CREDIT AT THE END OF THE FILM AS A 'HONEY BADGER' + SET OF G-FORM ELBOW & KNEE PADS, LOW PROFILE 21st CENTURY IMPACT PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY

    For those people willing to put there reputation on the line and there name in our credits. This ones for you. As the credits roll at the end of the film, you will become one of the first ever people (as far as we know) to be credited in a film as a"Honey Badger" The most fearless creature in the animal kingdom. You will receive a set of G-Form Elbow and Knee Pads as used by many of the worlds top stunt performers.

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    POST PRODUCTION PACKAGE

    - FIND OUT WHAT GOES INTO MAKING A FILM WITH THIS BEHIND THE SCENES SPECIAL

    Join the Director and Producer for a visit to watch the edit, and they will take you out for lunch.

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    BREAK THE MOULD

    - 'THE MAN WHO FLEW TO EARTH' LIMITED EDITION JABROCK SUNGLASSES

    Exclusive Jabrock Eyewear made of wood from Le Mans racing car SKID PLATE, engraved with "The Man Who Flew To Earth" & the initials of your choice.

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    OFFICIAL SCREEN PRINT FOR 'THE MAN WHO FLEW TO EARTH' FROM LUKE BUTLAND + ONE OFF WEAPON OF CHOICE COMMISSION

    - You will receive one of only 20 limited edition 'The Man Who Flew To Earth' posters Luke is currently working on.

    Plus Luke will create for you a one off original art work, of a character of your choice, with their weapon of choice. In an exclusive 16" x 24" format only available to Kickstarter backers.

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    DINNER WITH THE DOUBLES

    - Bond with the stunt guys that avenge your heroes and hear about the magic of film. It's not all kick ass stunts though and you'll hear about some of the games they get up to off-screen.

    Enjoy an intimate dinner at the BAFTA headquarters in the heart of London with Roy and two of his colleagues, Stunt Doubles to the stars. This is your chance the meet the real action heroes of film and television who make your hollywood stars into screen legends with their death defying stunts.

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    LUNCH AT 2400ft WITH GARY CONNERY

    - Enjoy lunch with Gary Connery as you take a helicopter flight over beautiful English countryside and the site of the jump in his home town of Henley-on-Thames.

    Hear first hand how he turned dreams into reality and attempted a world first that many considered to be certain death.

    Gary can also tell you about his experiences as one of the world's most prolific base jumpers, from leaping off Nelson's Column and being arrested, to jumping from the London Eye at the break of dawn. If you're really lucky he might tell you what he's got planned next.

    Get a moment by moment account of his famous jump with Mark Sutton from a helicopter into the Olympic opening ceremony, doubling the Queen and James Bond.

    - At your own risk -

    + Thank you in the films credits
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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT IN THE OPENING OF THE FILM AND A POST PRODUCTION SCREENING WITH THE TEAM

    Associate producer credit in the opening of 'The Man Who Flew To Earth'!

    Your name appear in the film credits as well as on IMDB. Plus you can attend an exclusive screening and feedback session during post production with the Producers,

    A great opportunity to add an Associate Producer credit to your portfolio and appear on an IMDB listing.

    + 'The Man Who Flew To Earth' T-shirt.
    + Limited Edition Still Frame from the film.
    + Limited Edition DVD signed by the Director
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    UP IN FLAMES PHOTO SHOOT !

    - BE SET ON FIRE BY THE FALL GUY STUNT CREW WHILE A PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES YOU GOING UP IN FLAMES

    Ever wondered what its like to be a human torch, well now you can have the experience of a life time.

    The Fall Guy Stunt Crew will give you a full briefing at an undisclosed location, before preparing you for an incredible stunt.

    You will do what is known in the industry as a 3/4 body burn, leaving your face exposed, so you can smile for the camera proving to your friends and family that it's really you.

    This will all be done in a safe and controlled environment with industry professionals and top of the range safety equipment and with a movie photographer shooting. (Don't worry we will put you out again).

    The crew will also be happy to talk about their experiences working in film and TV, including on some of Hollywoods biggest blockbusters.

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    FAST & FURIOUS WITH BEN COLLINS

    - Join Stunt Driver Ben Collins (formerly BBC Top Gear's "The Stig") and Stunt Drivers from The Fast and the Furious and Bond film franchises, for an exclusive and intimate track day.

    Test drive a range of top cars. Get top tips from our team and you will be taken for a fast lap by The former STIG himself.

    Enjoy a meal with the team and hear some great stories from behind the scenes.

    + Thank you in the films credits
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Funding period

- (30 days)