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The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Collectible Box Set

Numbered edition art box set celebrating the history of director Bruce Brown and his masterpiece, "The Endless Summer".

The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Collectible Box Set

Numbered edition art box set celebrating the history of director Bruce Brown and his masterpiece, "The Endless Summer".

$6,440
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Last updated December 26, 2015

About

- Dimensions of boxset: 260 x 254 x 54 mm (10,2 x 10 x 2 inches). 

- Dimensions of Chinese-bound book: 241 x 229 mm (9,5 x 9 inches).

Bruce Brown’s photograph taken at Salt Creek Beach,  Dana Point, CA that that was used for The Endless Summer film poster
Bruce Brown’s photograph taken at Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point, CA that that was used for The Endless Summer film poster

It was 1963 when California filmmaker Bruce Brown and two surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson, set off on their famous journey around the world to catch the perfect wave. With only $50,000 capital and his film cameras, Bruce documented their adventures on film. Their trip has gone down in surf history in the film classic "The Endless Summer". When the first screenings of "The Endless Summer" were shown in auditoriums and schools in Southern California in 1964, a film craze ensued that no one had ever expected. The enthusiasm of its audiences, surfers and non-surfers alike, has not waned to this day. Fifty years later, we are celebrating this worldwide film icon with The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Box Set.

The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Box Set includes a book, tentatively titled Barefoot Maverick, that recounts personal anecdotes during filming, Bruce’s rise to becoming a renowned lifestyle-documentary filmmaker and "The Endless Summer" film’s impact on audiences around the world. 

In 2013, a young, enthusiastic graphic artist in Spain wrote to us that he had designed and created a book about "The Endless Summer" for his final thesis project at graphic design college. Upon meeting the artist Manuel Serra and seeing his beautiful, hand-bound book and the content he had assembled, we were impressed and so enthusiastic that we thought we should actually publish something similar for the 50th anniversary of Bruce's classic. Impressed by Manuel’s work, we asked him to join our team to work on the project with us.

Test prints for preliminary design of chapters (from Manuel Serra’s original version, 2012)
Test prints for preliminary design of chapters (from Manuel Serra’s original version, 2012)

Shortly thereafter, we connected with Integrated Communications Los Angeles (ICLA – a design firm), to assist us in preparing the book for publication and further developed the idea of producing a collectible anniversary box edition.

With Manuel and ICLA, we have spent over two years compiling the elements that will finally comprise the limited, numbered edition of The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Box Set. Only 1,964 sets will be available to the public to exclusive outlets: online, at surf shops, and brick and mortar boutique shops.

The edition celebrates the year 1964 when Bruce began narrating the film and testing it with devoted audiences. With him, we have curated and preserved photographs, letters, posters, and even two reels of 35mm film from theatrical screenings of the movie. We spent months thumbing through various swatches and fabric samples, even having prototypes made, to ensure that the look and feel of the encasing and papers would be aesthetically in keeping with the content.

We are pleased the chosen materials and papers fulfill this criterion. For example, the box will have a texture similar to striations of sand at the beach and for the book Barefoot Maverick we adopted Manuel’s concept of a two-sided book: one side to feature the trip chronologically and the other side is reserved for accounts of Bruce Brown's early work and the "The Endless Summer". We also incorporated the idea of alternating types of papers (opaque and translucent) and page formats (full illustrated half-page inserts and fold-out pages) that we liked so much in Manuel’s prototype.

The box is a one-of-a-kind collectible that provides a unique sampling of items and documents: Each set includes a five-frame clip taken from an original 35mm filmstrip filmed by Bruce Brown in the late sixties. Collectors and fans will appreciate this small piece of history of an international craze for the sport and for the film itself. Other items in the box include copies of letters written from South Africa when Bruce, Robert and Mike were traveling in 1963, flip-books showcasing the best wipe-outs and Mike's surfing at Cape St. Francis, ticket stubs from various screenings, etc.

The book includes a Certificate of Authenticity. This document, placed at the beginning of the text, has the signatures of director Bruce Brown, surfers Robert August and Mike Hynson, and of the artist John Van Hamersveld who designed the film poster. The document certifies that the book is one of 1,964 produced and authorized by Bruce Brown Films. With the help of The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in San Clemente, California, Bruce Brown Films was granted access to its entire collection of items belonging to Bruce – notably his Bolex camera and editing table. Most significantly, of course, we were granted unparalleled access to Bruce's personal archives that allowed us to digitally preserve and restore many never-before-seen photographs that tell the story of his professional development and filming of "The Endless Summer".

Your contributions will secure the production of The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Box Set and publication of the accompanying book.

Time and technology are needed to finish the project: editing, text layout and archiving of photographs and documents that will be digitally reprinted in the book and box set. For this we need to purchase special equipment - scanners and external hard-drives that will allow us to backup and store the enormous bulk of documents we have collected However, the actual production of the box set, the printing of the book and subsequent shipping from our manufacturer comprise are largest overhead costs. Barefoot Maverick will be printed in China on 100% rag paper made in Germany. Due to the limited editions, the cost of the production is estimated at over $100,000. Each edition will be a one-of-a-kind item to cherish in your home for years to come.  

We have some special tiers of rewards for you to buy for yourself, or even as a gift for a friend or family member. Anything from a handwritten postcard sent from Bruce Brown Films, to having the first-ever chance at pre-ordering the entirety of the box set with the opportunity to have your name placed on the inside. Have a look at our exciting breakdown! No matter the level, your contributions help make this all possible. 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge will be timing. There is a five month production window and we are getting close to our deadline of releasing the book mid-June, 2016. With the help of ICLA, we are confident that once our successful fundraising efforts enable the next stage in production to print and bind, we will have the collection and it's launch date at the time we had planned for.

We are still awaiting the forward text, and some other written contributions from those involved in the making of some parts of the film's construction and promotion. With a revised schedule in place, we are assured that these additions will be made and reviewed by our editor rather soon.

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    -AROUND THE WORLD-

    - Just because you want to help out! Anyone and everyone can take part in making history come alive. This is your way of saying "Thanks, Bruce!" We'll be sure to tell Ole' King Neptune.

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    -SURF'S UP-

    - A customized “thank you” from our team via Facebook and Twitter.

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    -IT'S AGIP-

    - A customized “thank you” from our team via Facebook and Twitter.

    - Handwritten “thank you” Endless Summer postcard from the producing team.

    - An Endless Summer recycle PET tote bag.

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    -THE EL STUMPO-

    - One (1) Endless Summer crew neck t-shirt.

    - One (1) special reprinted 8x10 gloss photo from the Bruce Brown Films archives and filming of “The Endless Summer".

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    -COWABUNGA-

    - Limited edition art print (27.25" x 19") of Manuel Serra's beautiful Endless Summer-inspired creation. Ready for framing in your home or office!

    - All benefits mentioned in EL STUMPO.

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    -SNAPSHOT-

    - A limited, numbered edition photographic art print (photograph size 11"x17") featuring the iconic image that inspired John Van Hamersveld's sensational dayglo poster design. This has been painstakingly restored and colorized by a qualified team in Spain. This special item also includes a 50th anniversary chop emblem at the bottom center and is certified by Bruce Brown Films.

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    -THE BAREFOOT MAVERICK-

    **PRE-ORDER NOW: be one of the first owners of the entire Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Box Set, including all components such as the film strip, and Certificate of Authenticity signed by Bruce Brown, Robert August, Mike Hynson, and John Van Hamersveld. In addition, the box set includes a number of reprinted never-before-seen photographs, letters, ticket stubs, and Bruce Brown Films documents, such as editing notes and a world map. This item will be a randomized number of the 1,964 being produced and numbered worldwide as part of this limited collection.

    - Bronze level supporter and recognition in a special front section of the 200-page book.

    - A classic Endless Summer silkscreen movie poster (27”x40”).

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    -OLE' KING NEPTUNE-

    - BOX SET + BOOK

    - Silver level supporter and recognition in a special front section of the 200-page book.

    - One (1) 50th anniversary art print of “The Endless Summer" signed by Bruce Brown (27”x39”).

    - An original Bruce Brown Films screening booklet from mid 1960s screenings of “The Endless Summer”, featuring special articles, interviews, and period product advertisements.

    - Video “thank you” from Bruce Brown and the Bruce Brown Films producing team.

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    -THE PERFECT WAVE-

    - BOX SET + BOOK

    - Gold level support and recognition in a special front section of the 200-page book.

    - (1) 50th Anniversary art print of “The Endless Summer” (27”x39”) signed by both Bruce Brown and the poster’s artist, John Van Hamersveld. This item will be framed with a 2cm wide black frame and a 3.5 inch white matte.

    - A hand-written thank you letter from Bruce Brown.

    - Invitation to official launch party of The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Box Set in Los Angeles County, California. Meet and great with Bruce Brown Films. Event date is TBD, anticipated for June 2016. VALID FOR UP TO TWO (2) PERSONS.

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    -BRUCE'S BEAUTY-

    EXCLUSIVE: #1,964 of 1,964 edition of the Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Box Set + book.

    - Platinum sponsor and recognition in special front section of the 200-page book.

    - A one-of-a-kind, original print produced in Dana Point, California, 1964. This highly exclusive item is a rarity within the Endless Summer poster community. Signed by director Bruce Brown, this print has been preserved in the industry-accepted preservation standard of linen-backing, and has been framed with a 2cm wide black frame and a 3.5 inch white matte.

    - Invitation to official launch party of The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Box Set in Los Angeles County, California. Accommodations in a local hotel provided for two (2) nights. Meet and great with Bruce Brown Films producing team, Brown Brown, and VIP reserved seating at launch party. VALID FOR UP TO FOUR (4) PERSONS. Event date is TBD, anticipated for June 2016. Airfare not included.

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