Soul Board: A Journey Into The Art Of Shaping
Soul Board: A Journey Into The Art Of Shaping
Love and passion for surfing reflected in the journey of a surfboard. From design to locals trying it in the best surfspots in the EU.
Love and passion for surfing reflected in the journey of a surfboard. From design to locals trying it in the best surfspots in the EU. Read more
About this project
The Soul Board documentary is a journey into shaping. How traditions shape us and carry into the future; how surfing shapes us; how we are shaped by cultures. It’s the journey of a board touching different souls.
How Soul Board Began
My name’s Armando Costantino, and I’m an Italian film director. I’ve been following my two passions: filming and traveling while living on the European road for the last 3 years with my wife.
We’re digital nomads (we work online as we travel in our Westfalia, to pay for expenses), and when we recently had the chance to visit the Longboard Surf Festival in Salinas, we jumped at it.
I’d just started surfing and I was hooked. I met a surfboard crafter, Rafa, who I immediately connected with. People who are passionate- who love- what they do- are electric for me.
He told me about his surfboard shaping history, learning the craft from his grandfather, how much he loves the process and the inspiration.
He inspired me. The more I spoke to him, the more I thought a film should- needed- to be made. Not one about crazy rip curls or the stars of surfing.
A film about the soul of one surfboard’s journey.
The Journey of Soul Board
I’ll be spending time filming and speaking with Rafa as he creates a unique surfboard just for this film, in Oviedo, Spain.
From there, we’ll drive our Westfalia T4 through Spain, Portugal, Morocco and the south of France with the board, in search of surfers. Local surfers, who each have their stories to tell.
We’ll ask these locals, in some of the best surf spots Europe has to offer, to try out the board and see what they think. We’d like just 6 or 7 surfers in total for the film, of various ages and cultures.
During this journey, I’ll try to capture the essence of what surfing means to a lot of diverse people. I’ll challenge myself, also, with attempting to increase my own surfing skills (I’m a filmmaker, not a professional surfer) as part of my own journey.
The end product: a film we’ll send to surf film festivals, starting in the autumn of 2016 and continuing through spring/summer (when most festivals are held) 2017.
Rewards for Pledging to Soul Board
The rewards are listed to the right, but here's a more in-depth look:
Exclusive Invite to a Closed Soul Board Facebook Group: For all pledges €10+, you'll be invited to join Soul Board's group. Enjoy behind-the-scenes photos and actions, chat with crew members and meet other surf-lovers.
Pendants: Rafa and his wife will craft miniature surfboard pendants from the same resin used in making the Soul Board. They can be used for necklaces, braclets or keychains.
T-Shirts: Are in white, with a front logo in black and the back in black and red reading 'I'm a soul surfer.'
Hoodies: Are in black, with a front logo in white and the back in white and red reading 'I'm a soul surfer.'
Original Watercolor & Special Edition Prints: Work by Maria Valle (Rafa's wife) inspired by the Soul Board documentary.
Sponsor Reward: Your logo/sticker on the board and on the van (shown in the film), full credits in the film, product placement in the film and social media exposure (in teasers and trailers).
Custom Made Boards: By Rafa, the same designer and shaper of the Soul Board. The longboard will be made exclusively for you, to your specifications.
The Soul Board: The actual longboard created and used in the film.
Armando Costantino is an award-winning film director with 20+ years experience. He's originally from Milano, Italy, but has spent the last 3 years as a digital nomad and traveling Europe with his wife.
Rafa Fandos is the owner of Doggystyle Surfboards. He designs and handshapes boards, following the artisan traditions. Each board is exclusive, technically and artistically.
Our Expenses For the Soul Board Project
The board, of course, adds into our expenses. As do some equipment and hiring specialists for a day or two of filming (underwater photographers, for example).
Kickstarter fees and paying for payments, paying for and sending rewards by post and extra fees (paying for the surfers we highlight in the film for a nice dinner, etc.) are all included.
None of the money we acquire on Kickstarter goes towards personal costs- we’ll continue working as we do normally, in addition to making the film.
Soul Board: Passion. Inspiration. Connection.
I feel passionately about Soul Board. I’ve not seen anything- any surf documentary film like it- that focuses on the emotions and embraces the individuals. Of how surfing can be a spiritual, universal passion connecting strangers.
It's the journey of a soul board.
Thank you so much for your time. If you can’t pledge, no worries! You can help us share our project (by telling friends or on social media) so we can realize the Soul Board documentary. -Armando Costantino
Risks and challenges
We could have technical problems with the van (issues due to distance we're driving, different climates and wear-and-tear). It could lengthen our shooting schedule, but it wouldn't affect our budget since we'll be working.
The timeframe we've given ourselves for shooting is padded, for any technical problems (van, camera or otherwise) that might arise. It also takes into account 'bad weather days,' when I may not be able to shoot, or 'bad wave days,' when no one can surf.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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