USA Knights 2015 Video Project

$1,780 of $4,800 goal

Raised by 27 people in 25 months
Zorikh Lequidre  BROOKLYN, NY

This fundraiser is being held to produce a video  documentary of USA Knights at the International Medieval Combat World Championships in Malbork Poland in April, 2015.

USA Knights or the Armored Combat League is the original American team to participate in full-contact international medieval armored combat competiton. This is the most intense and fastest-growing combat sport in the world today. Clad in steel armor and weilding blunted swords, maces, aves, and polearms, the fighters strike, punch, kick, and grapple through duels and mass battles against the best in the world!

Over the past four years the team, and its skills and performance, has done nothing but grow and improve. At each rod championship event the team has done better and better, and at the inaugural IMCF World Championships last year, brought home the gold! This year's world chanpionship is sure to be an historic event. There will be more teams than ever, and the returning veterans will be joined by an enthusiastic crop of rookies. These American knights will be coming from all over the country to Poland. For some it wil be the first time they have ever left the US, for others it will be a return to the country where the team made its first appearance on he world stage.

I have always beieved that this sport needs to be documented and these people deserve to have their stories told as they risk their bodies and represent their country for honor and glory in this most rare and intense challenge. We have lined up a small team of talented and experienced videographers and tech people who are donating their time and efforts to produce a video documentary of the team at this event and we need your help to make it happen. We need to get this team to Poland, we need to put them up in a hotel for the duration of the event, and we need to feed them.

I have produced a documentary of this team before, at tour first trip to the world championships in Europe four years ago. You can see a trailer for that here http://youtu.be/40C9NTsFRao. It is my intention to make this better, grander, and with much greater techical facility.

As in all my previous fundraisers, I have lined of a wonderful selection of "perks" in consideration f your help and generosity. Of course the centerpiece of this is the video itself, which can be yours for a mere $25 condribution. There are, however, many more rewards and reward packages available, ranging from a postcard and a listing in the credits to posters, t-shirts, hoodies, personal appearances, and more!

Bios of the people involved will appear here in the coming days, as will additional valuable perks.

We are asking for contributions to cover the basic expenses of this project: Arifare, hotels, local transportation, and food.

Our estimation of the per-person costs are as follows:
Flight from NYC to Gdansk -$1000
Six days in a local hotel in Malbork - $300
Transportation to and from the airport - $100
Food stipend - $200

Total per person - $1600
Total for the three person crew - $4800

Bios of the people involved will appear here in the coming days, as will additional valuable perks.

Thank you so much for your consideration. If you do support us, know that we will do everything we can to make the video that comes out of this event one that you will be proud to have made possible!

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Update 20
Posted by Zorikh Lequidre
8 months ago
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IT'S DONE! I have completed the editing of the "full fights" edition of "American Knights!

Next step: mastering the DVD. That should be done within the week. Then it merely needs to be duplicated and all you beautiful people who trusted in me for so long will get your copies!

This edition will be available through the website http://www.captainzorikh.com/usaknights2015, on Amazon.com., and at the Pennsic War and any other event at which I am present.
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Update 19
Posted by Zorikh Lequidre
10 months ago
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Hi friends. Sorry for the delay in updates, but I have some great news! I am reaching completion of the "full fights" version of this project. This will be about three hours of all the melees and singles bouts in which USA Knights took part, plus interviews with members of the team to give depth and context to the action. I expect to have it all polished up and ready to release in about two weeks.

This version will be given a limited release (and copies sent to all the sponsors whose contribution levels entitle them to a coy of the video) while I then edit it down to the "documentary" version, which will show highlights versions of many of the fights and will include more interviews and expository narration and titles, and I expect to have done by August.

Stat tuned! More exciting news to come! In the meantime you can see footage from this project on my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/newyorkknightscombat1
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Update 18
Posted by Zorikh Lequidre
21 months ago
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I have just placed the order for the American Knights T-shirts and hoodies. I ordered a few extra in case anyone else wants one. They should be in my hands in about two weeks. Should that hold true, I will be shiping them out after I return from Combat Con http://www.combatcon.com
The American Knights shirt design
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Update 17
Posted by Zorikh Lequidre
22 months ago
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The first rough cut highlight video using footage from this project has been posted at https://youtu.be/8vmYT6iDp_k in SD with uncorrected aspect ratios.
I am also going to be placing the order for the T-shirts and hoodies by the end of this week, so if you want to get your name listed on the backs of all the shirts,make your contribution of $100 or more now!
Rough edit of battle highlights
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$1,780 of $4,800 goal

Raised by 27 people in 25 months
Created February 19, 2015
$5
Thanks!
Every little bit counts. Your name will be included in the credits of the video, in any clips and trailers released, and on the website.
$10
Freeman 1
In addition to our thanks and your name listed in the credits, we will send you a postcard from Malbork, Poland, the site of the 2015 IMCF World Championships
$15
Freeman 2
Your name in credits, a postcard, and a poster from the IMCF World Chamipnships.
$25
Noble 1
Name in credits, postcard, and a copy of "American Knights," the video that is being produced with your contribution.
$35
Noble 2
Name in credits, postcard, and "American Knights" T-shirt designed by Captain Zorikh so you can wear your support on your chest!
$40
Knight 1
Name in credits, postcard, and copies of both "American Knights" and "US Against the World," the video of the first American team in 2012
$45
Knight 2
Name in credits, postcard, and both the "American Knights" video and the T-shirt. See it and wear it!
$55
Knight 3
Name in credits, postcard, and the "American Knights" T-shirt comes with both the "American Knights" and the "US Against the World" videos!
$75
Knight 4
Name in credits, postcard, and "American Knights" hoodie sweatshirt designed by Captain Zorikh. Wear your support on your chest and keep your head warm too!
$100
Baron 1
Name in credits, postcard, "American Knights" T-shirt, and your name or that of your company or organization on the back of all T-shirts and hoodies!
$120
Baron 2
Credit, postcard, poster, "American Knights" video and T-shirt, and name on backs of all shirts. See it, wear it, and show it both coming and going!
$135
Baron/Baroness3
Credit, postcard, poster, T-shirt, and both "American Knights" and "US Against the World" videos, with name on backs of all shirts.
$140
Baron/Baroness4
Credit, postcard, poster, "American Knights" video and hoodie sweatshirt, and name on backs of all shirts.
$150
Baron/Baroness4
Credit, postcard, poster, T-shrt, hoodie, and both "American Knights" and "US Against the World" videos, with your name on the backs of all shirts.
$160
Count/Countess1
Credit, postcard, poster, "American Knights" video, T-Shirt, and name in BIGGER letters on the backs of the shirts! Make it EASY to see your support!
$165
Count/Countess3
Credit, postcard, poster, "American Knights" video and hoodie sweatshirt, and name in BIGGER letters on the backs of all shirts.
$200
Duke/Dutchess1
Credit, postcard, poster, "American Knights" video, T-shirt, and name in EVEN BIGGER letters on backs of shirts!
$220
Duke/Dutchess2
Credit, postcard, poster, "American Knights" video and hoodie, with name in EVEN BIGGER letters n the backs of all shirts!
$250
Duke/Dutchess3
Credit, postcard, poster, "American Knights" video, T-shirt, & hoodie with name in EVEN BIGGER letters on backs of all shirts.
$400
Grand Duke
Associate producer credit, postcard, poster, T-shirt, hoodie, both videos, and Captain Zorikh wil personally host a presentation of the video, you provide venue
$1,000
King
Executive producer credit on the video, all material perks, hosted screening, and a signed shield from the team!
$5,000
Emperor
Executive producer credit, all material perks, hosted screening, signed shield, and one exhibition match between two fighters at your event, anywhere in the US.
$125
Corporate
Your company gets its logo and website at the end of the video and all videos made of this project, and on the website, plus postcard, video, and T-shirt.
$300
Royal corporate
Your company's logo and website on the backs of all shirts, the end of all videos, and on website, plus postcard, video, T-shirt, and hoodie.
MC
$55
Mark Dietrich Cochran
19 months ago
NG
$25
Natasha Gibbons
20 months ago

This is Matt Gibbons. I owed you the $25 for the second donation. Please add my wife's name to the credits as well. Thanks for the shirts and I can't wait for the videos!

$55
Matthew Gibbons
21 months ago

This is an awesome idea! I'll buy this shirt and get these donation extras from Knight 3, then probably order another shirt for my wife later!

$100
Dennis Greenaway
22 months ago

Good luck go for it, wished I was younger....

SP
$45
Stephen parker
22 months ago

Large pls

$75
Susan Eichor
22 months ago
SA
$150
Sam Awry
22 months ago
$25
Anonymous
22 months ago
JL
$45
Jimi Lee
23 months ago

Kick ass guys!

JC
$35
Joseph Cadieux
23 months ago
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