A video class that takes a peek under the proverbial bed sheet to investigate the science behind paranormal phenomena.
"Dark & Stormy Nights: Parapsychology for Ghost Hunters" is the first in a proposed series of educational videos designed for anyone with an interest in learning about real paranormal research and investigation. I'm not talking about the kegger-in-the-cemetery or running-around-with-flashlights-in-the-dark stuff that they call paranormal investigation on TV. I'm talking about the real science behind the spookiness.
"Dark & Stormy Nights" began several years ago as a highly popular college level course taught in the Seattle area. The classes drew a lot of attention and praise for being fun, factual, and interactive. The goal is to bring that dynamic experience to a wider audience, with a video that takes a grounded look at paranormal phenomena and paranormal investigation from a scientific point of view - that is, the basics of parapsychology. Viewers will discover everything from what scientists consider to be "paranormal," to ways of classifying various types of phenomena, and the leading theories that might explain things like apparitions, poltergeists, ESP, and mind over matter.
WHO ARE YOU AND WHY AM I (hopefully) FUNDING THIS PROJECT? I'm Neil McNeill, and I have a passion for teaching and an intense belief that this subject matter is important. More to the point, my background in paranormal and parapsychological research and education spans nearly 20 years. In that time, I've served as a parapsychological consultant to writers and authors, film makers, amateur enthusiasts, and others. I continue to stay informed and up-to-date on the science of paranormal phenomena through memberships with several professional associations and organizations in the world, in order to bring that information to the general public through my classes and this proposed video project.
You're not just helping to fund this project - you are making a statement in support of education, science, freedom of speech, paranormal experiences, ESP, poltergeists, the thing that lives under your bed, whatever goes bump in the night, and a referendum to recognize that demonic possession is not nine-tenths of the law.
People get excited about the paranormal. Everyone loves a good ghost story, and many people have real life ghost stories of their own. You must have an interest in the paranormal, or you wouldn't be reading this now.
Unfortunately, most of us have grown up with an idea of what the paranormal should be, rather than what it really is, due in large part to the media. That mysterious and scary image in our minds is the result of all those equally mysterious and scary movies, books, and TV programs.
The "Dark & Stormy Nights" project helps bridge the information gap between the accepted view of the paranormal, and what science actually knows about it. The video will provide viewers with solid information from a multitude of scientific and academic sources, and present it in a fun and palatable way that anyone will enjoy and find useful. In short, I want to bring the fun and fascinating world of parapsychology out of the classroom and make it available to a much greater audience.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? All of the money pledged to this project goes directly to the actual production of the video itself: pre-production, filming, editing, post-production, and finally to producing and manufacturing, so the project is available in DVD and digital formats for release in October 2012.
WHAT DO I GET OUT OF IT? You'll get that warm, fuzzy feeling from knowing that you've helped create a cornerstone in paranormal education. And swag. Lots of cool swag.
Just take a look over there to the right. See all those pledge packages? I don't expect something for nothing, so I have put together some nifty thank you gifts (like copies of the video) as my way of saying how important this project is to me, and how grateful I will be if you choose to help me get it off the ground. Everything from spoon-bending parties to private lectures and classes. Super-cool stuff that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere on Kickstarter - or anywhere else, for that matter!
WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL THIS STUFF? If you would like more information about the classes that the video is based upon, visit www.NeilMcNeill.com. For more information about parapsychology and paranormal phenomena, visit www.NeilMcNeill.com. For more information about Neil McNeill, visit your library and consult their copy of the Necronomicon. Just kidding. Go to www.NeilMcNeill.com. But you knew that. See? You're already psychic.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THIS PROJECT DOESN'T GET FUNDED? The fact of the matter is that at this point, I am one man on an educational mission. I simply can't do this without your support. You will be helping to provide a learning opportunity for eager minds throughout the Universe. And for that, you will have my most sincere and humble thanks (and a lot of excellent and potentially useful karma points). Thanks for helping make my dream a reality.
However, you should know that there is a prophecy which states,
"...if the project known as "Dark & Stormy Nights" fails to see the light of day, then a great calamity shall envelope the land...Western Civilization will self-destruct in a puff of greasy smoke...the Dark Side gets Luke and Leia...Frodo keeps the Ring...the world's entire supply of chocolate will run with the taste of Brussels sprouts forevermore...and a certain paranormal educator's heart will shatter with a sound not unlike that made by the breaking of the Seven Seals of the Apocalypse."
So sponser now - orb-erators are standing by!!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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The ECTOPLASMIC RESIDUE PACKAGE You'll be leaving your mark on paranormal history with a real live virtual mention as a contributor in the video credits! You'll also receive my undying gratitude. Or undead gratitude. Whichever.Estimated delivery:
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The GRAPHIC TELEPATHIC TRANSMISSION PACKAGE Not only will you get a thank you credit, but I will personally transmit the video directly into your brain using Hi-Def Mental Telepathy™, at the cost of great personal effort and not a little bit of dramatic grunting. Should sunspot activity disrupt the transmission, I'll send you a signed copy of the DVD instead.Estimated delivery:
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The HEAVY METAL-BENDING PARTY PACKAGE It's the signed video and thank you credit PLUS an invitation to the exclusive DVD release party! It'll be a "Close Encounter of the Fork Kind" as you attempt to mentally bend cutlery, move objects with your mind, and remotely view potentially embarrassing images at this exclusive psychic soiree!Estimated delivery:
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The HAVING-AN-OUT-OF-BODY-EXPERIENCE-BACK-IN-A-MOMENT PACKAGE Allows one person to astrally project themselves into any class that I am currently offering for free! So that's the thank you credit, the release party invite, and the video...all capped by the out-of-this-world experience of the actual class itself! (Astral projection booth not included; some physical presence may be required.)Estimated delivery:
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The VOICE FROM BEYOND THE BEYOND PACKAGE Screech out and touch someone with this package that includes everything thus far, PLUS a 30-minute personal phone consultation from a paranormal know-it-all...me! We can discuss the project, share your own paranormal experiences, use the party-line feature to contact Elvis...well, let's try to keep the normal in paranormal, okay? Okay.Estimated delivery:
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The SPECTER INSPECTOR PACKAGE gets you a video credit, the signed DVD, the party invite, PLUS a free 1 hour public lecture/workshop for your ghost hunting group, rotary club meeting, wedding, quilting circle, bar mitzvah, etc. anywhere in western Washington!Estimated delivery:
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The ULTIMATE ORB-GASM PACKAGE So good it's spooky! This incredibly comprehensive and slightly suggestive package nets you the aforementioned video credit, DVD, party invitation, AND... your very own personal one-day paranormal class, held in the privacy of your home, club, church, or office for up to five of your closest corporeal friends, anywhere within the Seattle Metro area!Estimated delivery:
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The ULTIMATE ORB-GASM TRANCE-STATE REMIX PACKAGE Everything the ULTIMATE package promises, only expanded to include any location (with electricity and working plumbing) in western Washington State! I'll be hittin' that haunted highway to bring you and the five lucky souls of your choosing a truly cosmic one-of-a-kind one-day class about the weird and wonderful world that we call parapsychology!Estimated delivery:
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