Risks and challenges
Because of the setup and back and forth with the institution, its labs, and its various Principal Investigators, there are several potential risks in the filming and production process.
• Due to the unique access LabTV filmmakers have with the institution’s labs and some of the unusual requests we make to create the best mini-documentary possible, there may be delays in filming for a wide variety of reasons, including scheduling conflicts between the two parties, issues related to secondary shots (b-roll), school calendar timing, receiving still photographs from the scientists, etc.
• LabTV will always try its best to find scientists whose research may affect the disease or condition the sponsor chooses. However, given the rarity of some diseases the sponsor may choose, we cannot guarantee the right scientist will be found at the institution of their choice. If that is the case, LabTV will find a scientist whose research is as close as possible to the chosen disease. This is not a concern for common diseases.
• LabTV’s goal is to create as many mini-documentaries of young biomedical scientists as possible. If the demand from sponsors exceeds our expectations, LabTV may incur delays in matching the filmmakers’ schedules with the time allotted by the institution’s labs. Likewise, we are very confident in our editorial team, which has created created hundreds of mini-documentaries, but each video is unique and may pose new editorial challenges – so unexpectedly high demand may lead to delays in our post-production and editing process.
• To give our sponsors as desirable a product as possible, we allow each sponsor to set preferences for the scientist that is featured in the mini-documentary they sponsor. However, given the limited number of medical researchers at the desired institution, and the focus on finding a researcher whose work may impact a specific disease, we cannot guarantee that the featured scientist will match the sponsor’s desired nationality or gender.
• In the unlikely event that demand for filming an institution’s bio-medical researchers exceeds the total number of researchers at that institution, LabTV will contact the needed number of sponsors about whether they would like to delay the creation of their sponsored mini-documentary until enough new young researchers enter the institution, or they would like LabTV filmmakers to film research scientists at another institution.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
LabTV is excited and grateful to be filming the scientists in Maryland’s labs. However, Maryland does not sponsor or have a financial relationship with LabTV.
No, your donation is not tax deductible. LabTV is a startup company with a social mission – to encourage more students to enter the field of bio-medical research.
If you know a medical researcher at Maryland and would like that person to be featured in the mini-documentary you sponsor, we will do our best. We have to be mindful of Maryland and lab restrictions though, along with our production calendar, so this cannot be guaranteed.
At this time, LabTV is only featuring scientists doing research in biomedical science. In the future, we plan to expand our scope of scientific fields.
Absolutely! You can sponsor as many videos as you want.
If I sponsor more than one mini-doc, can I have my tribute appear in all of the sponsored mini-docs?
We are happy to honor your loved in every mini-doc you sponsor. However, in our effort to feature a variety of researchers studying different diseases and conditions, we would like to keep the number of repeated tributes to a minimum. One idea is if you have lost multiple loved ones to disease, you can create more than one tribute.
If you do not want the mini-doc you sponsor to feature a loved one of your choice, you can allow the scientist featured in your video to choose a loved one they wish to honor. Or you can instruct us to leave the tribute out entirely.
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