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Woodwriter

The Wordless Art of George A. Walker

Woodwriter

The Wordless Art of George A. Walker

CA$ 4,756
pledged of CA$ 5,000pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal
52
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 1 2019 10:05 PM UTC +00:00.

About

My name is Jeff Winch and I'm a photographer, installation artist and filmmaker. My newest project is a documentary film about the acclaimed Canadian wood engraver and book artist George A. Walker

Limited edition of George's wordless biography Pierre Elliott Trudeau: La Vie en Rose

Best known for his wordless narratives about Canadian icons like Tom Thomson, Leonard Cohen, and Pierre Trudeau, George is also an accomplished graphic designer, a book arts teacher at OCAD University and one of the few remaining experts on mechanical printing technology. He is comfortable working with old-world tools like a Vandercook printing press, engraved maple wood blocks and thick black ink. Then in a heartbeat George can go digital and adeptly manipulate pixels with Adobe Illustrator!

With his signature hat and round glasses, George is a lively and fascinating man whose personality translates easily to the screen. I don't think a topic exists that George is not curious about. He is full of ideas about the intersection of art and technology and where his work fits into the history of image making.

The sample video will give you a sense of the documentary's style and a sneak peek into George's process for his forthcoming wordless novel on "America's" sweetheart, Toronto-born silent screen star Mary Pickford. George is moving ahead with the Pickford project quickly, and it’s imperative that I capture his work on the book as it unfolds.

I have assembled a formidable team including eagle eye John Marsonet, a veteran cinematographer, and maestro Nicholas Stirling, a noted composer, musician and painter. Both bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this film. I have also engaged a very talented young artist named Katrina Kalev to create the beautiful and incredibly meticulous rotoscoping animation for the film. The trailer includes some of this lovely work, integrating George's art with live-action footage.

Kickstarter funds will go directly to paying the team for production this fall. This will include not only the people mentioned above but a sound recordist and a production assistant.

Limited edition of George's stunning Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook, which features as a reward in this campaign. See "The Albrecht Durer."

Risks and challenges

The biggest concern we have for this project is time. George, being prolific as he is, is progressing rapidly with the Mary Pickford book. We need to mobilize and shoot as soon as possible so we don't miss critical stages of the process. Hiring crew to record events, which could include travel, is essential. I will be editing the piece so the post production will be taken care of. If we can get it shot we can get it finished and out to festivals, potential broadcasters and our backers like you!

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    The Spitsticker.

    This reward is named after one of the wood engraving tools that George uses.
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    The Conrad

    This reward is named after George's second wordless narrative, "The Life and Times of Conrad Black".
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    The Pierre

    This reward is named after George's fourth wordless novel, "Trudeau: La Vie en Rose".
    In addition to our eternal thanks, you will receive...
    - Your name in the end credits of the film!
    - Updates on the film from the filmmaker and notification of any screenings either domestic or international.
    - An invite to the film's premiere in Toronto and any festival screenings in other cities.
    - An electronic file of the film's poster.

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    The Leonard

    This reward is named after George's third wordless novel, "The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook"
    In addition to our eternal thanks you will receive...
    - A free download of the finished film.
    - Your name in the end credits of the film!
    - An invite to attend the film's premiere in Toronto at no charge - yes free!
    - An invite to the film's premiere in Toronto and any festival screenings in other cities.
    - An electronic file of the film's poster.

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    The Tom

    This reward is named after George's first wordless novel, "The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson".
    In addition to our eternal thanks you will receive:
    - Your name in the end credits of the film as a "Painterly Support".
    - A DVD of the finished film and a free download!
    - An invite to attend the film premiere for free.
    - Notifications and updates regarding the films progress and screenings etc.
    - A signed 8" x 10" photograph of George naked at the piano in an homage to Terry Jones of Monty Python. You'll never see this offer again!

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    The Mad Hatter

    The Mad Hatter references George's love of Lewis Carroll's Alice and hats. Mad Hatter donors will receive our humble and sincere thanks in addition to...
    - Updates on progress and notifications of screenings.
    - Their name in the end credits as a "Mad Mad Mad Supporter!"
    - An invite to attend the premiere in Toronto (free) and other cities TBD.
    - A free download of the film and copy of the DVD.
    - A high quality print of the film poster.
    - An 8 x 10 signed photo of George as the Mad Hatter drinking something wonderful from a tea cup.
    - A signed trade copy of George's book the "The Hunting of the Snark".

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    The Alice

    George has maintained a decades long enthusiasm for the work of Lewis Carrol and in particular, Alice in Wonderland. This level of support guarantees our eternal gratitude and:
    - Your name in the end credits of the film as "Wonderland Supporter".
    - A DVD of the finished film and a free download!
    - A high quality print of the film's poster.
    - An invite to attend the film premiere for free in Toronto and other cities TBD.
    - Notifications and updates regarding the film's progress and screenings.
    - A pair of George's socks. When printing George is on his feet all day. Socks of quality and comfort are vital. Socks come washed or unwashed but all have been blessed by George's feet.
    - A signed copy of George's book "A is for Alice"
    - An 8 x 10 signed photo of George at work in his studio.
    - A signed copy of George's book "Alice's Adventures in Toronto". Cheshire Cat Press, hardcover limited edition! Bound in red cloth with gilt titling to spine. Red and gold marbled endpapers.

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    The Mary

    This reward is named after George's forthcoming wordless novel, Mary Pickford: "The Queen of the Silent Film Era".
    The Mary Pickford will garner our eternal thanks and...
    - An end credit in the film under "Sweetheart Supporter".
    - A DVD of the film and free download.
    - Free attendance at the premiere of the film and any related parties!
    - A high quality reproduction of the film's poster.
    - A trade edition of the forthcoming Mary Pickford book, signed by George.
    - A signed 8 X 10 photo of George as one of the characters from his wordless narrative. Nudity is not guaranteed.
    - A special limited edition artist's proof of the Mary Pickford image used in the film. The print run of 8 is just for the film backers and will be signed by George with his printing notes as well. A 4" x 2 3/4" image on a 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" piece of archival paper stock.

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    The Albrecht Dürer

    This reward is named after the Renaissance engraver, printmaker and painter Albrecht Dürer, a true master artist.

    This is the master of all donations. There is only one available and this lucky backer will receive:
    - A credit in the end credits of the film as a "Super Patron".
    - A DVD of the film and a free download.
    - An invite to the premiere of the film, free.
    - A dinner with George and Jeff
    - A pair of George's socks (washed or unwashed).
    - Limited Edition handmade copy of The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook! Rare and valuable.
    80 wood engravings hand printed on 250 gm Rising Stonehenge 100% rag archival paper and comes fully bound in cloth with a clamshell protective box.
    Book size: 6¼" X 8" X 2½" (232 pages printed recto)

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