Improve upcoming documentary on Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor with footage from Thorium Energy Conference 2012 in China.
I am working on a documentary about thorium, an element that can be converted into energy in a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR). This is a clean, reliable, source of energy that doesn't require large amounts of land to deploy.
I personally feel we will have a much better chance of addressing global warming the sooner this technology is commercialized. And I do worry about global warming.
So far, TR2012 is going great, if not as quickly as I'd like. We've got lots of new footage since TR2011, and the improvement will be significant. You can see, just with lecture-footage I've got a great deal more flexibility...
Right now I'm the bottleneck as I work through footage, but I've got a fast PC, decent software, and contact with many wonderful volunteers who contacted me though my previous thorium Kickstarter campaign. These volunteers have helped videotape events I could not otherwise afford to cover myself.
And of course we have lots of non-lecture footage, little of which has yet been posted to YouTube. In TR2011, Kirk traveled to Calgary. For TR2012 I visited Kirk in Huntsville...
...we were toured through ORNL and saw the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment. We spoke to MSRE technicians. It was a world of difference, and TR2012 will not be shackled by limited footage the way TR2011 was.
While I think it would cost me more than $2,000 to videotape in China myself (or arrange decent coverage), I can make up any difference with previous money from backers that I've been hanging on to for TR2012 post-production.
If you attended TEAC4 you probably got a sense of how extra manpower can help. It allows experimentation such as chroma-key and extra angles. It allows simultaneous interview and lecture coverage. It lets me double-check tripod camera framing while someone else is ensuring a hand-held camera is being operated. It allows me to go to the bathroom.
$2,000 worth of coverage is probably me, and a bunch of cameras. One will be perpetually hand-held, everything else on tripods.
I'm hoping this campaign can help with the volunteer aspect... videographers who speak Shanghaines / Mandarin (... / Chinese?). TEAC4 coverage was such as success because of volunteers I'd found through Kickstarter as much as it was money. A successful Kickstarter campaign may help facilitate both once again.
If you think ThEC12 coverage is worth pursuing for TR2012's sake, or you'd like to use the footage yourself ASAP after the event (maybe for your own documentary) then please help out. If you have particular needs... release forms, etc, let me know what those might be before this campaign wraps up.
Now what I am NOT promising with this campaign is to post lecture videos online in the same high-quality and timely manner as TEAC4 videos are being posted. I was responsible for TEAC4 video coverage (allowing me free access to the event). I'm NOT looking to be the single guy responsible for ThEC12 coverage because my highest priority is now TR2012. I will gladly help others cover it, and share footage with anyone willing to share back. But I can't return home only to spend the next month editing lecture videos.
So I'll cover TR2012 to the best of my abilities, and share a copy of all the raw footage with $500 backers (or footage sharers). For sure this will be TBs of data. It will be shipped on a 3.5" naked hard drive.
China is a key player as the thorium story unfolds. The footage may turn out to be critically important.
It has been my repeated experience that conference events do not (themselves) capture footage in a manner suited to my documentary making. If we want any ThEC12 in TR2012, we'll need decent coverage. I've launched this campaign so we can secure that coverage without depleting post-production funds.
Thanks for your support, -Gord
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Aug 14, 2012 - Oct 13, 2012 (60 days)
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Information enabling you to stay in-the-loop regarding TR2012 progress. If you funded the original TR2012 project I'm hoping you can cough up $1 so I consolidate project updates on this new Kickstarter project. If you funded the original project and you do not fund this one, DO NOT WORRY. I'll still post updates there pertaining to backer rewards. But for small updates I'd like to consolidate on a single project with (hopefully) more backers.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Immediate access to downloadable DRM-free "Director's Cut" of THORIUM REMIX 2011 in popular MPEG-4 format (portable & HDTV sizes). You get this by pledging, whether I raise all my funds or not, as a download link in private Kickstarter update #1. And once THORIUM REMIX 2012 is completed... Name in credits. Early access to screener copies via YouTube unlisted video URLs. Basically anything & everything that won't impact the project's budget... bandwidth being very inexpensive!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Immediate access to downloadable DRM-free "Director's Cut" of THORIUM REMIX 2011 in popular MPEG-4 format (portable & HDTV sizes). You get this by pledging, whether I raise all my funds or not, as a download link in private Kickstarter update #1. And once THORIUM REMIX 2012 is completed... Name in credits. Early access to screener copies via YouTube unlisted video URLs. Single DVD of final project once completed.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Immediate access to downloadable DRM-free "Director's Cut" of THORIUM REMIX 2011 in popular MPEG-4 format (portable & HDTV sizes). You get this by pledging, whether I raise all my funds or not, as a download link in private Kickstarter update #1. And once THORIUM REMIX 2012 is completed... Name in credits. Early access to screener copies via YouTube unlisted video URLs. Single signed BluRay of final project once completed or 5 DVDs, whatever your preference.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Raw footage from Thorium Energy Conference 2012 in Shanghai. This will be mailed to you on a 3.5" naked SATA hard drive. (It will be your responsibility to own a SATA dock for the naked drive, which is a great thing to own anyway.) This footage will NOT be put in sync. To do so takes a long time, and locks you into Adobe Premiere to take advantage of the sync. I'll be happy to share my in-sync PPROJ file as it evolves over time but to use the footage yourself ASAP, you really need to sync what-you-need yourself. I'm hoping anyone looking to produce thorium related video coverage themselves can pitch in, and we all benefit from a good source of 1080P coverage.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012