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Help us make the coolest submarine movie ever...at the coolest summer camp ever!
andy smetanka
Winnipeg, Manitoba
1 Team Member

Our Project and Our Story

Sea Wolf Summer Camp: a busy little Manitoba filmmaking colony where the campers pass the time making props, dressing sets, loading movie cameras and, in the evenings, shooting a WWI submarine movie starring themselves before the wienie roast and late-night skinny dipping.

Sounds like a summer daydream? It is, but it's also really happening. For ten days in late June, some of the most talented and film-obsessed people in very talented and film-obsessed Winnipeg will converge on nearby Falcon Lake (less than two hours from the city) to make, from scratch, a movie about a wayward German submarine fetching up on the coast of Newfoundland during WWI.

And who is behind this summer-holiday movie fantasy? That's me, Andy Smetanka, animator and camp director. If you've seen the Guy Maddin documentary My Winnipeg, you might remember the animation. I did that. Do you like Guy Maddin movies? Many of the people who will be helping me make my movie have helped Guy make his.

And there's your answer to something you might have been wondering: why Winnipeg? The answer is: because it's Winnipeg. As a filmmaker and rabid movie fan, for years now I've felt an intense affinity with the city, its strange movies and friendly inhabitants so when it came time to plan my debut feature, there was no question about where to make it or with whom. Sometimes I think maybe I'm a one-man lost tribe of the place who somehow wandered west to Montana before birth. I don't mean to get all melodramatic on you, but really: it feels like kind of a homecoming.


Our budget

Sea Wolf Summer Camp is going to run mostly on good vibes and volunteer spirit, but we do need some money for certain things. We're going to be shooting on film (color and black and white) at a cost of some $5,000 in stock, processing and transfer. The goal is to use as much salvaged material and re-purposed recycling to build our sets, but we'll need some lumber and set/prop materials, not to mention renting the location, to the tune of about $2000. Then of course we need to keep our campers happy with good food and lots of it, so another $2000 or so to hire a cook and buy groceries. When all is said and done, and with a little luck and a lot of hard work, we'll just about break even making the movie and, in the process, offering a crash-course in soup-to-nuts filmmaking to 25 participants. Everybody will get to try everything: building sets, making props, shooting film and, of course, roasting wienies. We'll have an amazing, one-of-a-kind movie to show for our efforts, and we'll have had the best summer camp experience ever. Please help!


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  • $75USD
    Sea Wolf art and DVD

    Same great art assortment as the previous level...with the added attraction of a DVD of THE SEA WOLVES arriving in your mailbox later this year.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2012
  • $100USD
    Sea Wolf art, DVD and t-shirt

    Man, look at you! You've got all this great new silhouette art, an advance DVD copy of the movie, AND a swanky SEA WOLVES commemorative t-shirt that's got everyone green with envy. SEA WOLVES supporter, you have arrived!

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2012
  • $150USD
    Smetanka silhouette erotica!

    There is currently only one (legitimate) way to procure your own personal copy of animator Smetanka's legendary erotic silhouette film, The Miller's Daughter, and that is to pledge $150 in support toward THE SEA WOLVES. You also get the t-shirt and a SEA WOLVES movie poster!

    1 claimed
  • $200USD
    Submarine night lights!

    Well it's hard to say no to this swell package. You get the personalized certificate stating how much of the movie you paid for, a fistful of DVDs, an assortment of crazy-cool prints and postcards, a very becoming t-shirt and...oh my goodness, a pair of handsome handmade night lights, each one with full-color original silhouette art in a wooden housing, custom crafted by camp director Smetanka himself. Each light a one-of-a-kind work of art!

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  • $500USD
    Sea Wolf guest pass

    Welcome to Sea Wolf Summer Camp. We'll put you up in a tent or cabin for a couple nights and pretty much give you the run of the place. But you're going to have to work a little. Make a couple props or something. Be an extra in the movie. Try doing some animation in the silhouette lodge. At least pick up a musical saw. You can't just stand around looking good in that awesome SEA WOLVES hooded sweatshirt and holding a box of other cool stuff!

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    Estimated delivery: June 2012
  • $1,000USD
    Sea Wolf sea chest

    Your enthusiasm is over-the-top, and so is the gift hamper of Sea Wolf swag you will be receiving: DVDs, post cards, art prints, night lights, t-shirt...and best of all, a big customized silhouette light box with a silhouette image of whatever you want. Beautiful, personal, highly collectible. Here's that special present you're looking for!

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    Estimated delivery: September 2012
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