Harvey King is one of the top custom knifemakers in Kansas and contends with some of the best in the United States. What makes Harvey King different from most knifemakers is his contribution to the craft. His passion for educating other custom knifemakers throughout the years through workshops and through his participation in the Kansas Custom Knifemaker Association (KCKA) has produced several master knifemakers in Kansas and abroad.
In this documentary, Harvey will create one of his signature knives in his shop while discussing the history of knifemaking and why the custom knifemaking trade is experiencing a revival like never before.
The goal of this documentary is to provide recognition to Kansas knifemakers who have made personal sacrifices to benefit the Kansas knifemaking community while inspiring other knifemakers abroad to contribute to their own communities.
My name is Daniel Scott Murphy and I'm a filmmaker in Wichita, Kansas. My small but mighty crew and I are asking for the community's help to assist in the funds needed to tell Harvey's story in the best light possible. My fundraising goal is to raise $1,000 by September 1st to help pay for the crew's time and travel expenses. If I am able to raise more, that money will vastly help me afford film festival submission fees, media licensing, and other post-production costs.
Production of this documentary is planned to take place in August, 2021 and will be finished later this year. The video will be made available to the public during the 2022 film festival season.
A contribution of any amount will earn a place in the film credits, advanced online viewing of the film, and updates with behind the scenes photos and video.
View the Harvey King Documentary project page
MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Daniel Murphy [Director, Camera Ops, Editor] is a web developer by day and cinematographer by night. Daniel has independently directed and produced several short films and a few documentaries since he first started filming in 2016.
James Sanny [Camera Ops] is the head videographer at Newman University. James does it all - camera operator, drones operator, electronic gimbal operator, and editor. His passion for automotive still photography has been recognized by several national and international automotive magazines.
Dawson Wagner [Student Journalist] is a Student Broadcast Journalist studying Mass Communications and Digital Media with a minor in Drone Cinematography. He currently lives in Manhattan and is graduating in May of 2022. In his free time Dawson enjoys fishing, long boarding, and photography. His dream job would be to one day make a living off telling stories and creating documentary films. With this being his first one he will work on he hopes to learn a lot from working with James and Daniel and use this as a good starting point for his career.
Thank you in advance to all of our sponsors who can make this documentary!