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An 8-year-old climate scientist and the Green Ninja take on a fleet of pooping cars - join them and save the world!

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WE DID IT! STRETCH GOALS ARE HERE! Help us get to $28,000 by midnight!

Vea abajo para español...

With four days to go, we met our goal of $21,000 - enabling us to finish Worse Than Poop! in English. Now we need to finish it in Spanish - and start giving it away!

Llegamos a nuestra meta de $21,000 - que nos permite terminar ¡Peor Que Caca! en Inglés. ¡Ahora tenemos que terminarlo - y compartirlo - en español! Nuestra nueva meta es $28,000.

Stretch Goal #1: !Peor Que Caca!

With another $7,000 (new total: $28,000), we’ll be able to make the pooping cars movie in English AND Spanish! A Spanish version will make it possible for us to spread our message of CO2-free transportation a LOT farther. There is a huge Spanish-speaking population that is not being served by the climate movement - and we want to reach those kids (and parents) too. If we meet this goal, every single backer will also get a stop-motion animation of a pooping car, made by Elliot. 

Si alcanzamos esta meta, cada patrocinador también recibirá una animación stop-motion de un coche popó, realizado por Elliot. El dioxido de carbono es ¡Peor Que Caca! Juntos, vamos a cambiar el mundo - un coche popó a la vez.

Stretch Goal #2: Give it away!

For every $20 we raise OVER $28,000, we’ll make Worse Than Poop!/¡Peor Que Caca! available FOR FREE to a school district in California. (In English and in Spanish!)

Por cada $ 20 que recaudamos más de 28.000 dólares, vamos a poner Worse Than Poop! / ¡Peor Que Caca! a disposición de forma gratuita a un distrito escolar en California. (¡En inglés y en español!)

WELCOME TO THE POOPING CARS MOVIE!

Un científico medioambiental de 8 años y el Ninja Verde cogen una flota de coches popó - ¡Únete a ellos y salva el mundo! 

My name is Vanessa Warheit - and I'm the mother of Elliot the 8-year-old climate scientist. I'm also a professional filmmaker.

Me llamo Vanessa Warheit y soy la mamé de Elliot -un científico medioambiental de 8 años. También soy directora de cine.

I got the idea for Worse Than Poop! on Earth Day, 2013. I was biking through traffic, and I'd just learned an astonishing fact: Over 2 million pounds of CO2 gets spewed into the air every second. In fact, we are creating more than 38 billion tons of carbon dioxide pollution every year - and here in the US, almost a third of that pollution comes from transportation.

La idea de Worse Than Poop! se me ocurrió el Día de la Tierra de 2013. Iba en bici sorteando el tráfico cuando aprendí un dato impactante: Cada segundo se emiten más de 900 toneladas de CO2. De hecho, estamos generando más de 38 billones de toneladas de dióxido de carbono cada año - y aquí en EE.UU, casi un tercio de la contaminación proviene del transporte.

CO2 is tricky: in normal amounts, it isn't pollution - but at that scale, it is. In fact, adding such a massive amount of extra CO2 to our atmosphere threatens the climate that all life depends on. It's threatening my son's future. Heck, it's threatening my future! But how do you get people to care about a pollutant they can’t smell, or taste, or see?

El CO2 es engañoso: en cantidades normales, no contamina - pero a grandes escalas, lo hace. De hecho, emitiendo esa cantidad tan excesiva de CO2 extra a la atmósfera amenaza el clima y la vida que depende de él. Está amenazando el futuro de mi hijo. ¡Qué diablos, está amenazando mi futuro! ¿Pero cómo conseguimos que la gente se preocupe por algo que no puede oler, probar o ver? 

Biking to work, I got an idea for a film that would be funny, engaging, and significant - for general audiences, and for kids - and that might make a difference. What if the people in the cars around me could see the carbon pollution coming out of their tailpipes? What if all that pollution looked and smelled like poop? 

Un día de camino al trabajo en bici, se me ocurrió filmar una película divertida, cautivadora y con significado -para el público general y para los niños-, y que pudiera marcar la diferencia. ¿Y si la gente que va en sus coches a mi alrededor pudiera ver toda la contaminación que sale de sus tubos de escape? ¿Y si la contaminación se viera y oliera como la caca? 

Poop, like CO2, can be good - if you have the right amount to sustain the life cycle. But when you have a lot, well - that's a problem. It seemed like an apt analogy. And a funny one. By making kids laugh, we could introduce them to the need for a solution. And by making parents laugh, we might engage entire families in this issue.

La caca, como el CO2, puede ser buena -en cantidades normales, para mantener el ciclo de la vida. Pero cuando hay mucha, bueno, entonces es un problema. Parecía un símil acertado. Y divertido. Haciendo a los niños reír, queremos trasladarles que necesitamos una solución. Y haciendo a los padres reír, podríamos involucrar a familias enteras. 

I shared the idea with friends and colleagues, who were all encouraging. Apparently no one has taken this approach before, although one friend did point me to this animated Japanese video about Fukushima Nuclear Boy and his poopy diaper, which got millions of hits in Japan. Another friend noted that reaching children means reaching parents. My husband also encouraged me to do it – and most importantly, our son Elliot wanted to participate. So Worse Than Poop! went from being an Idea to being a Project. And with your help, it will soon become a Movie.

Compartí mi idea con mis amigos y compañeros, y todos me animaron. Aparentemente nadie le había dado este enfoque antes, aunque un amigo me enseñó este vídeo de animación japonés sobre Niño Fukushima y su pañal, que obtuvo millones de visitas en Japón. Otro amigo me enseñó que llegar a los niños supone llegar a sus padres. Mi marido también me animó y, lo más importante, Elliot quiso participar. Así que 'Worse than Poop!' pasó de ser una idea a convertirse en un proyecto. Y con tu ayuda, pronto será una película.

Sound Engineer Ray Day wires up Elliot for filming
Sound Engineer Ray Day wires up Elliot for filming

 WHAT HAPPENS IN THE POOPING CARS MOVIE?

“Professor” Elliot Ingle, a bespectacled 8-year old wearing a necktie and lab coat, stands at a whiteboard and explains the science behind CO2 pollution. Using a combination of live action video and animation, the whiteboard becomes an animated world in which Elliot's explanations come to life, and gas-burning cars literally "poop" out their CO2 pollution. 

Starting with some basic scientific facts, “Worse than Poop” will use Next Generation Science Standards to teach the science of CO2 pollution, and explain how gas-burning cars are affecting our climate. (Why DOES a gallon of gas produce 19 pounds of CO2? How is that possible - and where does it go? And why is it bad to have all that invisible CO2 in the air?)

Then comes the potty humor. Can you imagine what it would look like if that much poop was on the road? The medium of animation will bring this absurd vision of carbon pollution to life. 

The film will also cover some basic math skills. (How much poop does mom's minivan make, if she drives you three miles to school and back every day? What if she drives a Suburban? Or a Prius? Or a Leaf?) Using data from the U.S. Department of Energy's "egallon" website, Worse Than Poop! will also explore the many cost benefits of driving electric - and of taking transit, or riding a bike. 

Elliot shows off his Tesla visitor's badge, on a recent tour of the Tesla Motors factory
Elliot shows off his Tesla visitor's badge, on a recent tour of the Tesla Motors factory

And since every 8-year-old needs a super hero, the Green Ninja will show up to lend a hand. Providing a slew of poop-free alternatives (and a few shovels), Green Ninja helps the pooping car drivers get out of their dirty cars and start shoveling the road clear to a brighter, poop-free future. The film ends with a kid and his mom heading off down a clean new boulevard, lined with trees and gardens, filled with people walking, scooting, biking and taking transit - and the occasional EV carpool. It's a future I want for Elliot, and with your help I think we can get there.

Back to the future? Elliot and the 1917 Detroit Electric, at Petersen Automotive Museum
Back to the future? Elliot and the 1917 Detroit Electric, at Petersen Automotive Museum

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

I convinced the amazing Academy-award-nominated cinematographer Vicente Franco to film most of the live action footage of Elliot in the classroom last fall, and we have one recording session left to do. The biggest task now is creating the animation, and then editing it all together. Our Kickstarter funds will go towards:

* An additional day of filming/recording
* Animation & graphics
* Editing & color correction
* Music rights & clearances
* Audio mix
* DVD authoring & replication

If we make it past our goal, we have a stretch goal of $35,000, which will allow us to create a Spanish-language version of Worse Than Poop! - called ¡Peor Que Caca! If we can raise more, we'd like to make an educational iPad game. Ultimately we want to make Worse Than Poop! and ¡Peor Que Caca! widely available to schools, communities, and families - to spread the word that we have everything we need to create a clean future for our kids. We just need to say good-bye to gas-burning pooping cars.

The amazing Flykly wheel - pedal assist for any bicycle. Also funded by Kickstarter!
The amazing Flykly wheel - pedal assist for any bicycle. Also funded by Kickstarter!

 ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

Worse Than Poop! is a non-profit sponsored project of the Filmmakers Collaborative - so all contributions are tax-deductible. 

CHECK OUT THE REWARDS!

We've got a bunch of great rewards listed on the right - cool ways for us to say THANK YOU - that you won't find anywhere else. And as we hit our interim funding goals, we'll release some extra-special treats. Above all, know that at any level your pledge will bring us that much closer to the future we all want to build for our kids. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about our project, or ideas for ways to make it a reality! From all of us here at the Worse Than Poop! project - THANK YOU!!

Elliot and friend Sven Thesen toast at the Worse Than Poop! launch party
Elliot and friend Sven Thesen toast at the Worse Than Poop! launch party

Risks and challenges

The biggest concerns people generally have about a film project are a) will it get finished? and b) will anyone see it?

I have a solid track record in both finishing and promoting educational films, including being a member/owner of New Day Films (www.newdayfilms.com). I directed and produced a 60-minute documentary for PBS (The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands), in the days before crowdfunding, with a budget of $400,000. Finishing this film will be a piece of cake by comparison! Plus, Elliot keeps pushing me to finish Worse Than Poop! (He's just as tenacious and worried about climate change as I am - I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.)

To make sure Worse Than Poop! gets wide viewership, I will work with science educators at the elementary level; educational specialists at Edutopia; Eugene Cordero and the Green Ninja team at SJSU; my contacts in the educational media world; and the network we've built creating this campaign. With all this input and support, I will create a robust distribution strategy to make sure the film gets screened in schools, at festivals, and online. We are also starting to think about the transmedia possibilities for Worse Than Poop!

Elliot's future depends on all of us getting out of our pooping cars, so I couldn't be more motivated to finish this film, and to get as many kids and parents to see it as possible. (My secret goal is to get Elliot an interview with Stephen Colbert - so if you know anyone with connections on the Colbert Report, please let me know!)

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  • Now that we've met our original goal, we can keep ALL pledges - whether we reach our stretch goals or not. But meeting our stretch goals will mean we can focus all our attention on making Worse Than Poop! AND ¡Peor Que Caca! right away, and not have to worry about raising additional money later on for a Spanish version and for distribution. The film will be better, and it will be available sooner!

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  • It does, unfortunately. In fact, two round-trip flights from San Francisco to Boston will generate 4,205 pounds of CO2 (we figured this out using the calculator at www.terrapass.com). We will offset our flights by paying a relatively small fee to a carbon offsetter, which will use the money to support CO2-reducing projects like wind farms, methane capture projects, and reforestation. For more information on how you can offset your own carbon footprint, check out these reputable and effective offsetters:
    * www.carbonfund.org
    * www.terrapass.com
    * www.zerofootprint.com

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    PEDESTRIAN CROSSING. Pledgers will receive a social media shout-out and all project updates - including exclusive new videos from Elliot, plus an email as soon as the film is finished. $5 will also earn you excellent karma, our undying gratitude, and a better chance for a cleaner, poop-free future. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    KICK SCOOTER. Pledgers at this level will receive a Worse Than Poop! 'pooping car' ringtone! Plus exclusive video updates, a social media shout-out, and great karma. We'll also put your name in the website credits. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    BIKE-SHARE. Pledgers at this level will receive a digital download of the film as soon as it's done - plus exclusive video updates, a social media shout-out, your name in the credits, and even more good karma. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    SIGNATURE EDITION. Pledgers at this level will receive an autographed photo or drawing by Elliot, plus a digital download of the film, exclusive video updates, a social media shout-out, excellent karma, and your name in the website credits. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    PUBLIC WORKS. Pledgers at this level will receive a full color book from PUBLIC BIKES, containing poster art on the theme of "public." The Public Works coffee table book features art by 27 world-renowned designers and illustrators, juxtaposed with thought-provoking quotes about public spaces and bicycles from Jane Jacobs, Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Margaret Mead, and even Michelle Pfeiffer! PLUS receive a digital download of the film, exclusive video updates, a social media shout-out, excellent karma, and your name in the website credits. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    17 backers Limited (8 left of 25)

    POOPING CAR! Pledge at this amount and we'll put your face in the animation, driving a pooping car! Plus you'll receive a digital download of the film, exclusive video updates, a social media shout-out, your name in the film and website credits, and a metric ton of great karma.

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    DISK BRAKES. Pledgers will receive a DVD of the finished film (plus DVD extras), in an eco-friendly green sleeve, and a Worse Than Poop! temp tattoo. Plus great karma, exclusive updates, a social media shout-out, and a thank you in the website credits. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    GREEN NINJA GIFT PACK. Be a holiday super-hero - keep one DVD and give the others as gifts! Pledgers at this level will receive three DVDs of the finished film, plus 3 temp tattoos, a social media shout-out, your name in the website credits, and a whopping dose of good karma to share with your friends & family. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    9 backers Limited (11 left of 20)

    CAR-SHARE. Elliot will record your outgoing voice message! In English or Spanish (or both). Plus receive a digital download of the film, exclusive video updates, a Worse Than Poop! temp tattoo, a social media shout-out, great karma, and your name in the website credits. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    CRITICAL MASS. Your (or your child's) face in the animation - walking, scooting, or riding a bike! Plus a digital download of the finished film, exclusive updates, a social media shout-out, and your (or your child's) name in the film and website credits.

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    ELECTRIC VEHICLE. Your (or your child's) face in the animation, riding a bike or driving an EV! Plus a DVD and digital download of the film, exclusive video updates, a Worse Than Poop! ringtone, temp tattoos, a social media shout-out, and your name in the film and website credits. Plus lots of good karma - and ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    TESLA ROADSTER. Skype interview with Elliot! Elliot and Vanessa will do a Q&A with your class or community group (within one year of film completion). Pledgers at this level will also receive exclusive updates, 3 DVDs, a digital download of the film, a bundle of Worse Than Poop! temp tattoos, a social media shout-out, and your name in the film and website credits. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    HIGH-SPEED RAIL. A videotaped interview with Elliot! (Must be within our EV's 100-mile driving range from Palo Alto, CA.) We will come to you, film Elliot asking you about yourself (or your cool poop-free car/house/gizmo), and we'll even edit it and post the video online for you. Plus pledgers at this level will receive 3 DVDs, a digital download of the film, a bundle of Worse Than Poop! temp tattoos, exclusive video updates, a social media shout-out, and your name in the film and website credits. And did we mention all that good karma? Plus, ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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    SOLAR-POWERED AIRPLANE. Become an Executive Producer! Pledge at this level and get an Executive Producer credit, plus any & all of the above rewards. Please contact Vanessa Warheit for details. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

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