How to build a Norman Castle documentary

by Charlie Gauvain in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 27th September 2019 we successfully raised £12,970 with 37 supporters in 35 days

To produce a feature documentary film capturing the once in a lifetime story of the restoration of Norwich Castle Keep to how it was in 1121

by Charlie Gauvain in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

 One of the most important historical castles in the world. 

We need to raise £20,000 towards producing a cinema documentary film following the story of the redevelopment of Norwich Castle Keep. 

Norwich Castle is rebuilding the interior of the Castle to how it was 900 years ago when William The Conqueror’s son, Henry the First, completed it. The result will bring to life one of Europe’s most important buildings right in the heart of Norwich. 

We have been given unique access to follow the story over the past 3 years, capturing important milestones on film to create a visual, living record of the story as it unfolds. Now we need your help to raise the money needed to film the critical building phase at the castle as work begins in October. 

“This renovation project, which is undoubtedly the most important historical rejuvenation project of its kind in Europe right now, is of enormous historical significance and extremely important for generations to come, which is why it’s vital that there is a record of it on film.”

 Hannah Jackson, Norwich Castle's redevelopment Project Manager.

"This is a once in the lifetime opportunity, the documentary is completely independent of the money that has been raised by the Castle and will not receive any funding from them, which is why we are seeking public support. We also see this as much more than just a documentary film, it’s a heritage project in which we will be donating all of our footage to the castle as a public record of the restoration." 

Producer/Director Charlie Gauvain

 The completed film will be shown at the opening of the castle in 2021 and discussions are already underway with broadcasters and distributors to ensure as wide an audience as possible is able to see it. 

Time is running out to get our funding in place so that we can document and showcase this incredible restoration project from start to finish, as well as produce a fascinating film.

So please help by donating what you can and by sharing this appeal with friends, family and colleagues. 

How we will use your money

Pre-production: Researching, story construction, pre-production paperwork, coordination

Production: 20 days of filming with a Camera person including kit, Director and Sound Recordist

Post-production: Editor – 30 days 

Crowdfunding costs & Pay Pal


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£40 or more

4 of 100 claimed

Tickets for FIVE to visit the Castle worth £50-£70

£40 gets you FIVE tickets to Norwich Castle (or one of the other 9 Norfolk Museum Services Museums) and a digital download of the finished film. This is worth between £50 - £70 if you were buying tickets to the museums alone. (Tickets can be used for all ages and are available from the end of the crowdfunder - collection to be arranged).

£5 or more

Thank you

a HUGE thank you for being excellent human beings !

£15 or more

First chance look at our film

You've got yourself a first chance view of our finished HD documentary. We'll send you across the finished film digitally.

£25 or more

DVD or digital download and name in credits

You've got your name in our credits, a digital download or DVD copy of the finished film AND our biggest thanks!

£50 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Chat to Director, digital download + BTS photos

£50 gets you a Skype chat with our director, behind the scenes stills from the production AND a film credit at the end of the film! As well as a digital copy of the finished film

£100 or more

5 of 100 claimed

Join us at the premiere!

£100 gets you and your very own guest of honour invited to our theatrical premiere, your name in the film credits and a digital copy of the finished film.

£250 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Become a member of the crew for the day.

A unique opportunity to join the production team for a day on set and get to see the real behind the scenes, and you will also get two tickets for the film premiere, a digital download of the finished film and a film credit. You must be available in Norwich for filming dates to be arranged and attendees must be aged 18 and over or contact us first

£1,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

1 Day Professional Video Training - worth £1,800

£1000 gets you (plus up to 5 others) a whole day professional video training, digital copies of the film for each of you and credits in the finished film. You will leave the training having produced your own short film. We are one of very few production companies who run training courses like this. Please see

£2,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

2 Days Professional Video Training worth £3,600

£2000 gets you (plus up to 5 others) 2 days of professional video training, digital copies of the film each and your name in the credits. We are one of very few companies in the country running training courses like this. You will be trained by industry professionals and leave the course having made your own film. Day 1 concentrates on camera skills and introduction to editing, Day 2 is spent editing. Visit

£5,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£5000 VIP Package

For the amazing amount of £5000 you will get our exclusive VIP package including a meal at one of Norwich's most exclusive restaurants and an invite to our film premiere (for ten people). In additional there will be an invite for two people to the grand re-opening of the castle. As well as a credit in the film you will all receive digital copies of the finished film.

£10,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Your very own film, worth £15k +

£10,000 will get you or your business your own promotional film produced by Royal Television Society award-winning production company Eye Film, worth at least £15k. You will also receive a digital copy of the film and your name in the credits. (Terms and conditions apply for number of filming days, location etc. please contact us for more information)

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