Film "Principles of Curiosity"

$51,123 of $60k goal

Raised by 595 people in 4 months
Brian Dunning
for Skeptoid Media Inc
 LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
Years ago, you enjoyed the award-winning short film Here Be Dragons, an introduction to critical thinking. And now, it's finally time for the sequel: Principles of Curiosity.

I'm Brian Dunning from Skeptoid Media . Here Be Dragons was filmed by me in 3 weeks with a camcorder and a tripod with a budget of $6000, and admittedly, it shows. Principles of Curiosity takes everything 3 steps further. The content is all-new, it's being shot with state-of-the-art filmmaking and a professional crew, and it will be released in full HD.

Principles of Curiosity teaches three simple rules that anyone can follow to separate good information from bad, and become prepared to make better life decisions. It's also going to be fun, funny, and entertaining for general audiences.

Ever since Here Be Dragons came out, I've received lesson plans from all around the world made by teachers who use the film in classes, from junior high school through college. This time we're going to do that work for them. Principles of Curiosity is not just a film that everyone can enjoy -- it will be that, but for educators wanting more, it's also a cohesive lesson in applied critical thinking, teaching the skills of modern, relevant, scientific skepticism to students everywhere, teaching materials included. Teachers have already proven that they want this. We're going to give it to them.

The budget has been set at $44,000, which is a minimum for the team we need, including production and post production crew, equipment, permits, insurance, and expenses, plus a chunk for the educators who will create the lesson plans, and a marketing plan to get the finished product into a short list of film festivals and a system for making the lesson plans and film available online. If you know anything about film production, you know that $44K is really, really, really cheap. There is a LOT we would like to do if we can get more money to fund it.

We want you to help produce it. We want you to get your own copy. We even want you to be in it. Release is set for the first quarter of 2017. Please support this important & awesome new film.
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Update 12
Posted by Brian Dunning
2 days ago
Great day of shooting today in Long Beach, CA. All production cylinders are firing!
Director Ryan Johnson
Tyson, Brian, Ron
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Update 11
Posted by Brian Dunning
29 days ago
Working on 3 major permits. 2 are a slam-dunk, they love us, plus they love that we're nonprofit and all that stuff. The 3rd (as mentioned in the previous update) is way harder to get, still up in the air, not looking great. If we don't get it, we have backups, so it won't affect the film -- other than that certain shots won't be as awesome as you'll never know they might have been.
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Update 10
Posted by Brian Dunning
1 month ago
There are two filming permits that are ridiculously hard to get. Without the right connections, most filmmakers wouldn't be able to get either one.

One down, one to go. ;-)
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Update 9
Posted by Brian Dunning
2 months ago
All I can say is WOW… I was blown away by the amount of support this project received today. In a single day, you donated over $11,000 and put this project over its target of $44,000.

Here's what's going to happen next.

First, we now officially have enough money in the bank to make the film. We can pay for everything that was in the "must have" column and we're now going to begin the actual production work. The crew is already ready to go, we just need to nail down locations, licenses, insurance, and all the many details that complicate film production. You will have your film.

Second, I am going to increase the funding target to the next level, which is $60,000. Think of a fat guy with his belt too tight who just ate Thanksgiving dinner. Loosening that belt is like increasing our production budget. We have animation sequences we hope to include. We have locations we want to use. We have things like color timing and audio mastering that we should do, but were deferred to second-tier funding because they're not absolutely essential. If we ever reach that next funding goal, the movie will be the better for it. If we don't, we'll still have the movie.

Since this is a nonprofit project, GoFundMe does not impose a cap on campaign length. It runs until I turn it off, which will be near the end of post production when we know our final numbers.

All of those reward levels -- ALL of them -- will be available until the very end. Even if last-minute money comes in, we have a budget for marketing the project to film festivals, and that's the kind of thing that can go on endlessly. We will always be able to use your help. The more who see this film, the better for us all.

So, again, thank you for getting us this far. You are all amazing.
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$51,123 of $60k goal

Raised by 595 people in 4 months
Created September 12, 2016
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Skeptoid Media Inc
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Never stop trying.

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