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AeonBy Aeon
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$6,507
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About

Philosophy Feuds is a series of short animations, each of which tells the story of a famous – or not-so-famous – spat, breakup or fracas. Whether it's Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre sniping at each other in postwar Paris, or Ludwig Wittgenstein petulantly swinging a fire poker at Karl Popper, these feuds reveal more than just the hilarious and all-too-human pettiness of the world's greatest thinkers. They are about the fascinating ideas behind each of these rifts – and how these feuds continue to matter today.

We have already made the first episode, Sartre vs Camus, and we are now working on Freud vs Jung, the second in a series of five episodes. 

Since the early days of Aeon Video in late 2013, we have noted the remarkable popularity – on YouTube, Facebook, Reddit and elsewhere – of the BBC’s History of Ideas animations and the RSA Animates series, videos from both of which we have included in our curated selections. We have also lamented the fact that beyond these two excellent series, there is a general lack of artful, intelligent philosophy-focused non-fiction videos online.

Philosophy Feuds caters to the appetite for philosophical enquiry. With original scripts by Sam Dresser, one of Aeon’s editors, the series will be animated by Andrew Khosravani, a talented filmmaker whose abilities to convey big ideas in visually imaginative and stylish ways have been honed working on projects for the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the BBC, Dazed, MTV Europe, Opportunity Australia, and Computer Arts magazine.

Our first episode, Sartre vs Camus, shows how the series will bring together a lively intellectual spirit with a significant creative undertaking.

At a time in when there is an urgent need for digital media that celebrates and participates in informed debate, that questions but respects expertise, and that generally values intellectual enquiry, Philosophy Feuds offers something new: a creative, playful, yet serious way of engaging with the abiding questions of our times.

Funding would go directly towards producing the next episode, Philosophy Feuds: Freud vs Jung.

Freud vs Jung 

Sigmund Freud was the established genius; Carl Jung the youthful upstart. They began as friends, and ended up as bitter enemies
Sigmund Freud was the established genius; Carl Jung the youthful upstart. They began as friends, and ended up as bitter enemies

In 1907, Carl Jung met his hero: Sigmund Freud. Freud had already established his enduring fame by inaugurating psychoanalysis and revolutionising psychology. The friendship blossomed, they travelled across the United States together. Then Jung announced to Freud: 'Let me enjoy your friendship not as one between equals but as that of father and son.' A dangerous thing to say to the man who identified the Oedipal complex – the idea that the son wants to kill the father. 

The Team 

In addition to Sam Dresser and Andrew Khosravani, the rest of our creative team is made up of Eli Cohn (sound designer), together with Aeon's own Kellen Quinn (head of video) and Adam D’Arpino (programmer and producer).

Where the money will go

So far, we have a script written by Sam Dresser and Andrew Khosravani has developed style guides and storyboards that set the visual tone and approach to the animation.

Animation is a labour-intensive and time-consuming process that costs a significant amount of money. All the funds we raise will go towards paying Andrew Khosravani and the sound designer Eli Cohn for their exceptional efforts. We have already spent lots of time developing this series and we produced Sartre vs Camus with our own resources, but we cannot continue the project all on our own. We now need your support to bring these important ideas to new, animated life. 

Pledges go to Aeon America, a 501(c)(3) organisation. For information on tax-deductibility see the Frequently Asked Questions

Rewards

Here are some samples of a few of our rewards. You can learn more about Curio here and Caveat here

Sample GIF
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Sample digital postcard

 

Aeon Edition
Aeon Edition

    

A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton

 

  

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking has always been a risky endeavour – that’s part of its appeal – but we are a passionate, experienced team with a proven track record. We will be completely transparent about the timeline for completing our project and will be communicative about delivering rewards.

Our video output to date has consisted primarily of curated and licensed short documentaries made by filmmakers and other organisations, but our initial experiments with original projects have made clear that the future of Aeon Video lies in producing a much greater proportion of our own content. Not only have our first original videos proved popular, but they also point the way towards a time when we can distribute high-quality, artistic, non-fiction video to a growing audience hungry for the kind of ideas for which our written content has come to be known. Having greater editorial and creative control over our video output will help us to reach more people with even stronger work than our current budget allows.

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    GIFs!

    You get three animated GIFs from the animation. Post them online, share them with friends, or just enjoy seeing feuding philosophers repeat the same actions again and again and again.

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    Curio subscription

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    A Little History of Philosophy

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    Appear in background of a scene

    You can travel back into the history of ideas and appear as a contemporary of Freud and Jung. Andrew Khosravani will transform a picture of you into a background character in one of the animations.

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    1-hour animation class

    You get a one-hour one-on-one Skype session with Andrew Khosravani during which you can workshop your own animation project, get a beginner's tutorial on animation or just find out how Andrew creates his remarkable work.

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    Associate Producer credit

    Ideas mean a lot to you. Or feuds do. Or Aeon does. Or you just like great animation. In any case, you deserve to be recognised. You will appear in the end titles of the animation and on the Aeon website with an associate producer credit.

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    Executive Producer credit

    It's hard to thank you enough, but in becoming an executive producer you are supporting Aeon in an exceptional way and we'll be thanking you every day we work on this project. You will appear in the end titles of the animation and on the Aeon website with an executive producer credit.

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    Original commissioned animation

    You recognise Andrew's remarkable animations and want one of your own. Now you can have one! We'll put you in touch with Andrew and based on your conversations, he'll create a one-minute animation just for you. We can't wait to see what you choose.

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Funding period

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