Clavel's Spring

A film about what - and who - we need for a fine old age. Shetland crofter James Robert John Sinclair or Clavel (the name of his croft) is 82 years old. The only child of Gibby and Mima Sinclair, he was born in the ben end of the croft and lived and farmed there all his life. A familiar sight in his blue boiler suit and yellow boots, Clavel has always been on the go, in all weathers: growing kale, fixing fences and feeding his sheep. When he was in his seventies, the crofthouse fell into disrepair. With no surviving family, James Robert finally heeded the concerns of friends and the social services and reluctantly moved into sheltered housing in the village nearby. However, it became obvious that as warm and dry as his new home was, he needed to be amongst the green to be happy. So with the help of neighbouring farmers James Robert continues to look after his croft and rear sheep. This film will follow him doing something he has done every Spring of his life: help his ewes bring their lambs into the world. Why this film needs to be made Clavel is someone you wouldn t normally hear about. He s never made a fortune or won fame for anything. Yet his story and spirit gives heart to a society ill at ease with the idea of getting old. This film will be a study of a man carrying on a way of life that seems to belong to another age yet is at the heart of his identity and sense of place in the world. It will also be a study of those around him who help him keep going. Life comes and life goes and too often we don t understand or appreciate the significance of a person s existence. This film is a way to let others know something of this quiet, understated man and his community and to show how old age needn't get in the way of living. Fundraising target The target is £1,250. This will be spent in equal parts on travel and accommodation and camera and equipment hire. Any additional money raised will be spent on an original music score, an editor to assist with the final cut of the film and film festival entrance fees. If you'd like to support Clavel's Spring If you are unable to make a financial contribution, you can still be a great support to the making fo this film. Just will us on and tell people about Clavel's Spring on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to help fund the film, all you have to do is... Click on 'Fund Now' If you are a member of Facebook you can log in to Crowdfunder using your Facebook username and password If you are not a member of Facebook you can register with Crowdfunder by clicking on 'Register' under the big red 'Log In' box (next to 'Forgotten Password'). All they'll ask of you is a username, email address and password. Once registered, you should end back at the Clavel's Spring page Enter into the box the amount you wish to contribute and identify the reward you wish to receive Then click 'Pay now' You can now pay by Paypal or credit card. Thank you for your support. Rewards for sponsors There wasn't much room to the right to list all the rewards for sponsors so if you'd like to see how I am thanking you for your support please see the document below, 'Rewards in full'. Clavel's Spring blog For regular updates on the film - from pre to post production - and a look behind the scenes of the making of this film please subscribe to www.clavelsspring.wordpress.com Production schedule Filming in late April/early May (on the basis that the ram was slippet in late November) Post production June to August First screenings in September

A film about what - and who - we need for a fine old age.

Shetland crofter James Robert John Sinclair or Clavel (the name of his croft) is 82 years old. The only child of Gibby and Mima Sinclair, he was born in the ben end of the croft and lived and farmed there all his life. A familiar sight in his blue boiler suit and yellow boots, Clavel has always been on the go, in all weathers: growing kale, fixing fences and feeding his sheep.

When he was in his seventies, the crofthouse fell into disrepair. With no surviving family, James Robert finally heeded the concerns of friends and the social services and reluctantly moved into sheltered housing in the village nearby.

However, it became obvious that as warm and dry as his new home was, he needed to be amongst the green to be happy. So with the help of neighbouring farmers James Robert continues to look after his croft and rear sheep. 

This film will follow him doing something he has done every Spring of his life: help his ewes bring their lambs into the world.

Why this film needs to be made

Clavel is someone you wouldn’t normally hear about. He’s never made a fortune or won fame for anything. Yet his story and spirit gives heart to a society ill at ease with the idea of getting old.

This film will be a study of a man carrying on a way of life that seems to belong to another age yet is at the heart of his identity and sense of place in the world. It will also be a study of those around him who help him keep going.

Life comes and life goes and too often we don’t understand or appreciate the significance of a person’s existence. This film is a way to let others know something of this quiet, understated man and his community and to show how old age needn& 39;t get in the way of living.

Fundraising target

The target is £1,250. This will be spent in equal parts on travel and accommodation and camera and equipment hire. Any additional money raised will be spent on an original music score, an editor to assist with the final cut of the film and film festival entrance fees. 

If you& 39;d like to support Clavel& 39;s Spring

If you are unable to make a financial contribution, you can still be a great support to the making fo this film. Just will us on and tell people about Clavel& 39;s Spring on Facebook and Twitter.

If you would like to help fund the film, all you have to do is...

  • Click on & 39;Fund Now& 39;
  • If you are a member of Facebook you can log in to Crowdfunder using your Facebook username and password
  • If you are not a member of Facebook you can register with Crowdfunder by clicking on & 39;Register& 39; under the big red & 39;Log In& 39; box (next to & 39;Forgotten Password& 39;). All they& 39;ll ask of you is a username, email address and password.
  • Once registered, you should end back at the Clavel& 39;s Spring page
  • Enter into the box the amount you wish to contribute and identify the reward you wish to receive
  • Then click & 39;Pay now& 39;
  • You can now pay by Paypal or credit card.

Thank you for your support.

Rewards for sponsors

There wasn& 39;t much room to the right to list all the rewards for sponsors so if you& 39;d like to see how I am thanking you for your support please see the document below, & 39;Rewards in full& 39;.

Clavel& 39;s Spring blog

For regular updates on the film - from pre to post production - and a look behind the scenes of the making of this film please subscribe to www.clavelsspring.wordpress.com

Production schedule

Filming in late April/early May (on the basis that “the ram was slippet” in late November)

Post production June to August

First screenings in September

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