Tanky McOne-Shot Documentary

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Raised by 20 people in 3 months
Created February 11, 2019
The Danger Boyz
(Obviously "Tanky McOne-Shot" is a working title... hopefully.)

One year ago, Simon Riddell & I visited the Inchindown oil tanks in the Scottish highlands. Well, we're going back—this time to make a feature-length documentary.

the Inchindown oil tanks. When these tanks were built in 1938 they were apparently the largest underground man-built structures. Each tank measures 237 meters long, 9 meters wide, and 13.5 meters high. Being completely underground with no electricity, that’s one big container of black.

The goal is to build the world's largest darkroom inside the service tunnels, take a shot of the tanks on large format film, develop it, and print it (at a massive 127cm x 103cm size) all on location.

Currently, we have partnered with The Intrepid Camera co., EMULSIVE.org, 35MMC, Cool Film Club, Ag Photographic, the Sunny 16 Podcast, and Paterson to make this happen; but there are still a lot of costs we have to absorb.

Your suppory will not only help cover our base costs (about 1000 USD), but can help cover the time costs of editing and producing a full length documentary. Anything above that will go directly towards creating another documentary.

The film won't only include our photographic follies, but a tour of the massive tanks which aren't open to the public. And, all supporters will get a mention in the credits.

Listen to us talk about it on the Sunny 16 Podcast → 
You can read about our first trip to the tanks here→

Aaaand, here are some quick videos of us getting into trouble the last trip:

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This week saw me head into tunnel one initially, it houses the winch rooms directly behind the six tanks. The winch raises a hefty pipe that was used to extract the oil when it was heated to the correct viscosity.

To isnpect the winching infrastructure there is a 50 or so ft vertical ladder which terminates on a plinth joining the tank essentially to tunnel one, there is a steel door in between.

To assist our viewers in understanding the sump that we refer to in our trailer, I needed to get a shot looking down from the plinth directly upon the sump. This meant having to lash off my tripod so that the camera (if it left the grasp of my hands or tripod) would end up at the bottom of the sump oil... never to return.

I nailed that shot, assisted by Donald Dawson (a gent who had come along for a tour of the facility)...

We moved on from tunnel one to enter tunnel two. Trolleyed ourselves into tank one with Droney... I was pretty sure that I would end up crashing inside the tanks at some point as there is a great deal of magnetic interference which causes the drone to be incredibly unstable, coupled with the fact it's pitch black and rather a bad place to fly a drone.

My prediction on this wasn't incorrect, but you'll have to watch the documentary to see just how spectacular that part of the flight was. Droney (as usual) flies on.

We're the first people to put a drone up in the facility and I can describe the experience as 'pure mental'! We wanted to show you a completely different perspective walking from end to end and also above the sump infrastructure. Just the noise from Droney flying directly above our heads was intense in there.. I would liken it to being surrounded by wasps thant you can't see end to end of the 240m tank.

Now that is complete I need to get a couple more close-up shots of the facility before I fly out to Toulouse next Thursday to spend ten days editing with Dave.

We will release another trailer soon and rest assured we're making great things happen in terms of your viewing pleasure!

Thanks to everyone who has helped thus far, not only in terms of donations of dollars. The interest in this project and the facility continues to grow and we hope our work does it justice!

If you could please share One Shot Inchindown as far and wide as possible that would be a great help... we still really need to reach and exceed our funding target. so please, if you're reading this and haven't donated and want to see just how awesome we make analogue photography... then maybe lob us a little cash to help out xxx

Peace.... Si.
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The Tanky print is framed and, more importantly, protected!

I (David) will be showing it at my upcoming show in Lyon. Drop by if you're in the area!

Simon will be visiting in May to help finish editing the project. We hope to find a place to exhibit it while he's here as well.
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Simon sent me the one and only Tanky print! It is currently being framed and I'll be exhibiting it in Lyon next week! This is exciting.

We needed to protect the print and did't want to leave it rolled up for an extended period of time. Getting giant print framed in the highlands, however, is no small task. So I suggested Simon send it to me, as there are way more options in Toulouse.

As a coincidence, this lined up nicely with my upcoming show in Lyon. When the framers said it would be ready the day I leave to hand my work, I got excited to add it to the show.

Unfortunately, getting it framed properly is a bit expensive, but needed. If you haven't, please consider a small donation to help offset costs. (Due to the budgetary hit, the rest of my show is in plexiglass Ikea frames. Don't tell anyone.)
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This is the awkward spot in the project where there's not a lot to report. Editing takes time. Also *someone* (Simon, cough cough) needs to shoot some B-roll of the surrounding area. But, here are all of the developments:

The print:
One of our supporters asked me the other day if he could see the print. That's a great question! Simon just recently shipped the print to me (in France) for framing. When it arrives, I'll get a proper photo of it to share with the supporters (and, perhaps, the world at large).
The cool thing is that I should have it ready for my upcoming exhibition in Lyon. So, if you happen to be in France starting the 11th of April, you should stop by and see it!

The editing:
Recently, I have had a lot of work to catch up on, as well as the aforementioned exhibition for which I must prepare. So, editing has been slower than expected. BUT, Simon recently bought tickets to come to France in May. During that time we plan on editing most of the film and should hopefully have a premier sometime in June for everyone who has supported the project!
The goal (as you see in the trailer) is to have the finished product ready sometime in the summer. There's no reason why this shouldn't happen.

The final film:
We're still deciding whether we want to make it available completely free, or for a small PPV charge. The latter might guarantee *some* amount of money for our next project, but might limit the audience. The former would (hopefully) lead to more people seeing it; but wouldn't directly translate into another photo-fueled adventure. Increased exposure, however, might end up garnering more support than PPV.
All of our backers will get to see the video at no extra charge, that is for sure. (In fact, they will get to see an early premier.) Whatever we choose, we want to make sure it enables more projects of this sort. What are your thoughts?
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Raised by 20 people in 3 months
Created February 11, 2019
The Danger Boyz
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