No. 2: Story of the Pencil

No.2, overlooked as a common tool, continues to lose dominance in a media saturated world. However, history tells a different story.

The Pencil changed everything. Invention, craftsmanship, art, engineering, manufacturing, government, history, and business are a result of the pencil. Although the Pencil technology provided a way to move thoughts to a tangible form, technology is never static.

As technology is a key focus to every aspect of society today, the pencil begins to lose its significance. With so many aspects of society existing in binary code, the pencil needs to be honored. We are in a battle against time. If we move away from using this analog piece of technology, what is society losing? How significant is the pencil to ingenuity? Should we care if the pencil shifts to the backseat?

No.2 film seeks to develop the historical significance of the pencil in a charming and emotional story of a common ordinary tool.


<strong>David Rees:</strong> known as the greatest artisan pencil sharpener. You may have seen him on National Geo "Going Deep With David Rees."

<strong>David Carson:</strong> considered one of the greatest graphic designers of this century. His work continues to shape graphic designers around the world. More than that, he has a long history with the pencil.

<strong>Henry Petroski:</strong> one of the greatest pencil historians. Currently, he teaches History of Engineering at Duke University.

<strong>Caroline Weaver:</strong> owner of CW Pencils in New York City. Her boutique continues to bring the pencil revolution to our digital infested culture.

<strong>Rafael Esquer:</strong> principal at Alfalfa Studios in New York City specializing in branding, web design, and cross-media visualization. He begins every design with the pencil.

<strong>Sean Malone:</strong> pencil enthusiast who runs and manages the Blackwing pages blog. He focuses on the history of the Blackwing 602. The 602 is considered one of the finest pencils made.

These are just a few of the main characters sharing their thoughts on this little insignificant tool.

  • William Allen
  • William Allen
  • Adverbia
  • Jeff Jarvis
    Executive Producer
  • Caroline Weaver
    Associate Producer
  • Jef Caine
    Art Direction
  • Jill Allen
    Music Producer
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 14, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon 5d
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Knoxville Film Festival
    Knoxville TN
    September 18, 2015
    North American Premiere
    Third Place in Documentary Feature
  • Louisville International Film Festival
    Louisville, KY
    October 1, 2015
  • Raintree International Film Festival
    Danville, KY
    October 23, 2015
    Best Documentary
  • New Haven International Film Festival
    New Haven, CT
    November 14, 2015
    North East Premiere
  • Bronx International Film Festival
    Bronx, NY
    January 22, 2016
    New York Premiere
  • Flagler Film Festival
    Palm Coast, FL
    January 15, 2016
    Florida Premiere
  • Cinema on the Bayou
    Lafayette, LA
    January 22, 2016
    Lousianna Premiere
  • Texas Independent Film Festival
    College Station, TX
    February 27, 2016
    Texas Premiere
  • Richmond Film Festival
    Richmond, VA
    March 5, 2016
    Virginia Premiere
  • George Lindsey Film Festival
    Florence, AL
    March 5, 2016
    Alabama Premiere
Director Biography - William Allen

As a Communication Artist, Mr. Allen strives to engage the audience through multiple emotional channels creating a dynamic transaction. This transaction happens as he co-creates an environment in an artistic way through disciplined craftsmanship.

Mr. Allen has a BA in Communication with an Emphasis in Broadcasting and then earned his MA in Media Communication. He also earned a MFA in Web Design + New Media from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

His blend of theory and practice creates a strong foundation in multiple genres of media fitting the convergent cultural thread. These key ingredients, along with his experiential focus, shapes who he is as an artist. His passion for this subject is reflected through continual activity in research and practice. Every road traveled on this journey has developed a strong foundation in multiple genres of media including corporate, educational, documentary, and motion picture.

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