As a libertarian, I appreciate the concept of crowdfunding. That said, I have never been motivated to actually invest in anything myself.
A team of filmmakers has assembled more than 15,000 hours of high-def video and are in the process of editing it down to what they hope will be the “definitive” video on Japanese swordmaking.
It takes almost a year to make a true katana, through joint efforts of master sword smiths, sword sharpeners, scabbard makers, coating masters, and silver artisans. A team of filmmakers have delved into the world of Japanese sword making to bring the process of this intricate art form to the public in exquisite, ultra high-definition (4K) detail.
There are plans to release the documentary this August, but as you can imagine it’s no quick or simple task to edit and produce 15,000 hours of footage! That’s why the project has created a crowd-funding page, and of course they aren’t going to let their donors walk away empty-handed. Donation plans start from 2,500 yen (approximately US$22), with a gift of an “original Japanese sword ear pick” (for those tough battles against ear wax) up to the maximum donation amount of 9,200,000 yen which will get one generous donor an actual Yoshihara-made katana, among a slew of other gifts.
If you are interested in seeing this film through, you can also follow the project on its Facebook page here for updates.
I am not sure I would want an ear-pick, but for a 4000 ¥ ($35) you can get a DVD of the finished work. It looks like a heck of a project.