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About this project

BIG SCIENCE is a proposed television series about pioneering research sites around the world, but more importantly, it's about the diverse team of people who make science happen. Host and astrophysicist Brian Koberlein takes us behind the scenes of the most exciting research happening right now on our planet. Through his curiosity, enthusiasm, and humorous insights, we explore how science isn't the work of isolated geniuses, but an ennobling act that touches all of humanity.

Brian connects the dots between the critical roles everyday people employed by the facilities, such as forklift operators, mechanics and maintenance workers, technicians and programmers, bring to the projects of research scientists trying to answer humanity's most important questions. Brian immerses himself in the dedicated communities keeping their facilities running despite increasing outside pressures and a shifting political will, and in doing so, Brian demonstrates how BIG SCIENCE impacts the world, local residents, and how it creates unusual and interesting cultures.

On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, more than a million people attended March For Science demonstrations at 600 places around our planet. Never has there been a better time to show the general public how science stands on the shoulders of ordinary but committed people, and why it is crucial to support it.

With Your Help

We will develop a "sizzle reel" to accompany our pitch for BIG SCIENCE to potential broadcast partners. Through it, our goal is to excite and engage them into further developing our idea and to capture a viewership that will identify with the unsung heroes of science, people not unlike themselves.

We've already come a long way in the planning phase. We've identified a popular host from the scientific community, we received letters of support from several important facilities, and developed themes and script treatments based on cutting edge science, and we've created this campaign.

Your support will allow us to show what BIG SCIENCE might look like as a finished product.

What is a 'Sizzle Reel?'

"A sizzle reel is a fast paced short video that creatively incorporates engaging sights and sounds to advertise or promote a product, concept, or person. The purpose is to capture attention." Your contributions will help us send Brian and a small team of American and Canadian producers to the Green Bank Radio Observatory in southern West Virginia to capture their efforts to detect evidence of extraterrestrial life. Our producers and host are donating their time and expertise. All funds raised on Kickstarter will go directly toward all aspects of producing the best possible video presentation.

The Team

Our Host

Brian Koberlein is a passionate communicator of science. He writes a daily blog called ONE UNIVERSE AT A TIME that has about 200,000 readers a month, and a podcast with about 20,000 downloads a month. His main interest is in breaking down complex scientific concepts into easily digestible ideas and has a reputation for cutting through hype and presenting topics clearly and honestly. Brian has worked as a farmhand, a factory worker, an actor, a musician, and a programmer, so he brings a down-to-earth approach to his science. He’s currently a senior lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. In addition to scholarly papers, he’s written a textbook on computational astrophysics.

Our Producers

Al Magee, Executive Producer, has created and produced hundreds of hours of innovative scripted and unscripted television, film, and digital content. He consulted on the CBC's Republic of Doyle and Mr. D, after completing two seasons as Showrunner on the comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie, after show-running his sitcom hybrid The Smart Woman Survival Guide. Under his banner Magee TV, Al created, produced and sold over 500 episodes of non fiction TV: Designer Guys, Love By Design, Design Rivals, So Chic, Partydish, Fixing Dinner and international success Everyday Exotic. He is a recent Canadian Screen Award winner, the past recipient of the WGC’s Alex Barris Mentor of the Year Award, and the Innovative Producer of the Year at the Banff Television Festival. He sits on the Advisory Committee for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Al is currently executive producer/show runner on the second season of CBC’s International Emmy Award nominated Interrupt This Program, a global documentary series that launched the new CBC Arts schedule.

Steven Mitchell, Executive Producer, is a 42-year veteran of the Canadian film and television industry who recently acted as Series Producer for five seasons of Food Network Canada's international hit and multi-award winning TV series, YOU GOTTA EAT HERE! Steven launched into a producing/directing career on many popular scripted, lifestyle and documentary programs such as The Smart Woman Survival Guide, Superstar Hair Challenge II, the award-winning documentary specials, Youth & Crime: Beyond the Headlines and Smoking: Why Can’t I Quit?, Everyday Exotic, and he executive produced the multi-award winning, 5 camera comic concert film, Wendell Ferguson’s Cranky Christmas. Steven has recently been recognized with his second Best Lifestyle Canadian Screen Award, and has multiple Worldfest Houston awards for both producing and directing. 

Mark Gillespie, Story Editor, is a journalist and editor with more than 25 years of experience in some of the world's most remote locations. He has been editor of the Bering Strait Record, a community newspaper serving Nome, Alaska. He has also been a Trail Reporter for the Alaska Public Radio Network's award-winning Radio Iditarod coverage. He is the founding editor of Alaska Fish Radio, a commercial fisheries news program, and 585 Magazine, an arts and culture publication serving Rochester, New York, and surrounding communities. 

Let Your Voice Be Heard

By helping to fund our campaign, you are demonstrating to potential broadcast partners that there is an appetite and audience for this story. It also makes you a part of an ennobling scientific endeavor on a global scale.

Risks and challenges

We are currently trying to secure early stage funding to help complete a persuasive pitch that demonstrates the power, viability, and compelling quality of this project. We want broadcast executives to get as excited as we are about Brian's international journey and his down-to-earth storytelling style. We already have the full support of Green Bank Observatory and the talents of an astrophysicist host and two multi-award-winning producers.

Winter is coming, and the operational schedule of a radio observatory is complex. We have to time our visit so that the radio transmissions of our camera gear does not interfere with the sensitive telescope. We have a limited timeframe to get this done. Our team is experienced in adjusting our plan to shifting windows of opportunity, but we need your help to achieve our time-sensitive goals.

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    Ask an Astrophysicist

    Ask Brian a question about Big Science, and he'll answer it on site at the Green Bank Radio Observatory. The video will be posted on Facebook and One Universe at a Time for the whole world to see.

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    Get a Real Astrophysicist's Autograph

    We'll take a beautiful photo of Brian at the big radio telescope, and he'll sign it with a personal message for you.

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    Head of the Class

    Brian will give a half-hour Skype seminar on global trends in Big Science, and you'll have a chance to ask questions afterward. Don't worry, there will not be a quiz.

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    I Wanna Be a Producer

    Sit in via Skype with the Big Science production team for a pivotal planning meeting

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    Wine and Dine at Green Bank

    Bring one guest and join Brian and the producers for a spring dinner under the stars at the Green Bank Radio Observatory catered by the famous Greenbriar Hotel. Flights not included, but we will have a limo pick you up at the airport and provide one night's accomodation.

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