Film "Principles of Curiosity"

$52,578 of $60k goal

Raised by 621 people in 7 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 16
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2 months ago
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From now on, all updates will be posted at http://principlesofcuriosity.com - Come visit us!
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Update 15
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Thanks to everyone who is helping us make the movie: https://youtu.be/sEtRU5PMw5Q
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Update 14
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On February 21, we are going to be shooting some scenes on a number of sets at a sound stage in Anaheim, California. We are inviting everyone who contributed to this film to be an extra. It's fun! If you are interested, please send an email to our producer Diana at diana@newrule.com and she can fill you in with the details.
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Update 13
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3 months ago
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A spot of good news: We got the film permit that's hardest to get, and that I was least confident of getting. It's from the National Park Service and includes stuff they typically don't permit. Our nonprofit, noncommercial, educational nature was key to our success. We will be shooting there in a couple weeks.
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$52,578 of $60k goal

Raised by 621 people in 7 months
Created September 12, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Skeptoid Media, Inc.
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Laguna Niguel, CA
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JF
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Joseph Fausnight
4 days ago

Keep up the good work!

BB
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Ben Basile
8 days ago
DM
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David McCarthy
9 days ago
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Richard Rasp
10 days ago

The world needs this, especially now.

RP
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Robert Palmer
11 days ago

Looking forward to the release Brian. And the USB bonanza will help me with the Wikipedia Skeptoid edits!

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Eric Veldey
13 days ago

Thank you for helping to preserve and pass on reason and logic.

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