"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!
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.
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. ￼
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CO-PILOT - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE FILM - £15
PILOT - LIMITED EDITION DVD SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR - £25
THE FLYING SQUIRREL - LIMITED EDITION ACTION STILL FRAME FROM THE FILM. SIGNED BY GARY CONNERY - £50
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
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD FILM 'PREMIERE - SECRET SCREENING' TICKETS TO YOUR CHOSEN REWARD. JUST ADD £75 PER TICKET TO YOUR PLEDGE
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
BACK TO BASICS STYLE - "The Man Who Flew To Earth Limited Edition T-Shirt
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in FUND MATCHING this campaign or being a sponsor, please contact Jon-paul directly: email@example.com
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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