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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 27 2014
£1,300
pledged of £18,000pledged of £18,000 goal
23
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 27 2014

About

For those less familiar with these crafts: bouldering is rock-climbing, but without the ropes, and letter-carving is the carving of messages into stone.

In the film we will see these two practices beautifully documented, explained, and playfully distorted in order to ask philosophical questions about humanity's relationship with stone.

Bouldering
Bouldering
Letter carving
Letter carving

The film looks at the way these two seemingly very different practices, united by a common material, share basic principles such as: creativity, discipline, dedication, muscle memory and balance. Through this  unusual comparison I believe that we can come to better understand the artistry in both crafts, and in so doing reflect on humanity's relationship with the material world.

Watch the video above to see a short trailer, which will give you a taste of what to expect from the film. In it, the narrator discusses the two fathers of modern bouldering and letter carving – Eric Gill and John Gill – who, it turns out, share so much more than just a last name!

John Gill (top) & Eric Gill (bottom)
John Gill (top) & Eric Gill (bottom)

In the film, we are immensely proud to be able to feature two contemporary masters of their crafts: Lucy Creamer, the most accomplished female climber in Britain and Richard Kindersley, the pre-eminent letter carver and maker of standing stones.

Lucy Creamer (top) & Richard Kindersley's work (bottom)
Lucy Creamer (top) & Richard Kindersley's work (bottom)

Both the script and the cinematography will be crafted in unusual ways, particular to the film’s vision. For example, Peter and I have been developing a unique method of writing that will turn our script into a bouldering route! This will create a structure and rhythm to the film akin to climbing itself! 

Jakub climbing the script!
Jakub climbing the script!

The cinematography is where most of our budget is going. We will be using sophisticated rigs and high-speed cameras to record both the minute detail and the dynamic beauty inherent to both of these art-forms. In doing so, we hope to capture these crafts as they’ve never been captured before. Further to this, the budget will cover a professional post-production and editing process, enabling us to craft a film worthy of the crafts it depicts.

The Film's Legacy

Alongside our aim to show the film at film-festivals around the world, our longer term plan is to develop a standing stone featuring climbable, carved letters designed in collaboration with Richard and Lucy, our two featured artists. This freestanding sculpture will exist at a location bearing significance to the UK’s climbing community, providing a legacy for the project. 

Standing stone with climbable carved letters
Standing stone with climbable carved letters

Our Awesome Incentives

Some examples:

  • T-SHIRTS: include very special t-shirts made in collaboration with the Peckham Print Studio in London. Each t-shirt is numbered and totally unique - made through a labour intensive hand-marbling process. They range in colour through the greyscale spectrum, so please specify whether you would like a white, grey or black version. Depending on availability we will do our best to match your request. Become a backer soon to get an early number in the edition and your preferred colour!
  • CLIMBING WITH LUCY CREAMER: A private bouldering lesson for you in the Peak District with Lucy - a golden opportunity to learn from the master herself.
  • CARVING WITH RICHARD KINDERSLEY: A one-to-one letter carving lesson with Richard in his London studio -  a rare chance to learn from the master himself. 
  • SCRAPBOOK: Our beautiful scrapbook (both in digital and physical form) containing the script, research photos, annotations from the director, writer and cinematographer, and lots of other bonus material.
  • CLIMBING WITH THE DIRECTOR AND WRITER
  • RENT OUT A THEATRE/ PUT ON A SCREENING AT YOURS
  • AND MANY MORE!!! (Have a look on the right)
Unique limited-edition hand-marbled t-shirts!
Unique limited-edition hand-marbled t-shirts!

The Team

About me. My name is Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens and I am an artist and filmmaker working in London. 

As an artist, I am fascinated by how we inhabit the world we have built through our crafts and traditions. I believe everything we do is tinged with creativity, because I find artistry everywhere I look. For example, the last film I made compared the craft Lute making to the act of playing the instrument and writing music for it. You can see more about me and past work on my website

Alongside the crew and post-production team, all experts in their fields, I’ll be working with artist and designer Peter Shenai and cinematographer Elliot Dollie – both long-term collaborators.

Peter and Elliot
Peter and Elliot

 What You Can Do

By backing Gill & Gill you will become one of its authors, because without your help this film simply can’t happen! Any donations you can make will be massively appreciated. Please spread the word to any climbers, craftspeople, filmmakers, designers, or whoever else you think would be interested in the project. Don't forget the Kickstarter rule - if we fail to raise 100% of the funding we won't get a penny! 

Please click the buttons under the video to share it on Facebook and Twitter. It would be a huge help!

Thank you so much for your time and for your support.  

Risks and challenges

In order to make the film to the very high standard that we want, whilst doing so with a reasonable budget, means that we are going to be asking favours from friends who are professionals in the film and TV industry. From past experience we know that this can sometimes delay progress a little but we have factored it into our delivery estimates.

Bad weather may delay our shoot days with Lucy. We have minimized this risk by giving ourselves a window of days to choose from at the last minute and by having rain-safe backup locations.

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    CLIMBING/CARVING & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. Either a climbing lesson with Lucy Creamer or a carving lesson with Richard Kindersley and a credit as an Executive Producer. You have been fundamental in making the film a reality!
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