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THORIUM can end our dependence on fossil fuels, WITHOUT requiring redundant power lines to intermittent low density energy farms.

Live in USA? Look here too! http://ThoriumPetition.com/

Until 1974, the United States government funded research into THORIUM as an energy resource, in a radically different type of nuclear reactor. Despite incredible progress (on a meager budget), the project was cancelled due to political power favoring the inferior reactors we see today.

LFTR is today's incarnation of this superior design, the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor. It addresses common concerns about nuclear power, with inherent stability and plentiful fuel. Virtually no transuranic waste is generated, and the waste that is produced can be easily partitioned for life saving medical isotopes, and other valuable materials.

I recently created a documentary to communicate the science behind LFTR, it is called THORIUM REMIX 2011. It took loads of time (including an unpaid volunteer), and a thousand bucks. I think the end result is very good... for a $1000 documentary.

Please help me drastically improve it.

I've learned that a documentary which consists primarily of lecture footage will be overlooked by many digital distribution chains.

I'm sure we can craft a message which can more effectively communicate the technical details to a wider audience. It can be communicated (primarily) in non-lecture format. And made clearer-still with the aid of computer animation.

I'm not starting from scratch here. At the very least I can incorporate improved elements into THORIUM REMIX. An improved THORIUM REMIX is the very, very least I will possibly achieve.

But for $20,000, I do believe I can create an far better, almost invaluable documentary.

Something suitable as a free educational tool for schools.

Something that will go exponentially more viral on YouTube.

Something that non-computer folks will be able to access outside of YouTube.

Something that will help rapidly accelerate western society's thorium dialog, so that we do end up developing this technology ourselves, and not end up licensing it from China.

The $20,000 will be used for travel, videographers, licensing music, and paying for computer animation. I'm not above asking people to donate such assets for free (crash on couch, grovel for assistance, try crowdsource video assets). But my past experience with THORIUM REMIX 2011 was that I was unable to crowdsource all the assets I asked for.

Instead of 2011's ask for free assets, I can put up bounties and pay for best submissions. Need CGI animation depicting energy conversion from fission to turbine to electricity? Offer a bounty, see what I get. Assets will be Creative Commons licensed, so I would be in a sense paying artists to populate the Creative Commons universe with the assets I need. Everyone wins (artists and remixers not just viewers of this doc). It should be easier for the NEXT person to come along and make a thorium documentary too, not just myself. You can see I've already contributed hours of footage from 2011 for this purpose.

I view THORIUM REMIX as a documentary constructed in Web 2.0 style: Release early, release often. Share the source code. If I can NOT finance THORIUM REMIX 2012 via Kickstarter... I'll still make one. It just won't be an order of magnitude better than THORIUM REMIX 2012. It will be the best I can do with whatever resources I have. And I'm projecting that to be a very incremental improvement at this point. (Otherwise I wouldn't be asking.)

FAQ

  • TR2012 is NOT complete, and in fact has NOT started. The download being offered is to TR2011, the thorium documentary I created last year on a $1,000 budget. That's the same doc embedded in my project description, so you can watch it on YouTube for free. In fact, that's the highest priority... propagating information about thorium. So you can expect TR2012 to also (eventually) become available on YouTube, and as a DRM-free download.

    As proud as I am of TR2011, it isn't good enough. Your support means the difference between a marginally better 2012 edition, and an order-of-magnitude better 2012 edition.

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  • Likely not. TR2011 was a legitimate remix... I patched together barely related material to string together a loose narrative. TR2012 will be shot with a few narrative options in mind, with more consistent quality.

    It will be a remix in the sense that every movie editing effort is a remix of raw footage. But I won't be recycling already edited interview footage from other sources. (Raw footage, however, would be acceptable.)

    So THORIUM REMIX 2012 is a working title. I'm happy to pick a name at the last minute.

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  • No. That was a joke. 2D all the way!

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  • On 2011-12-16 Kirk Sorensen delivered a talk at Google on this very question. http://www.youtube.com/watch… In a nutshell: Politics were involved. (Said in Jerry Seinfeld voice: "Nixon!")

    Kirk delivered this after I finished TR2011 or I'd certainly have incorporated part of it. Certainly his research into pertinent clips of Nixon speeches (and phone recordings) will be used in TR2012.

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  • Email me at gordonmcdowell@gmail.com or check https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc… for crowdsourcing opportunities. If that's too disorganized just tell me your skill sets and WHAT CITY YOU LIVE IN and I'll ping you if it looks like you can help.

    If you live in USA please see http://ThoriumPetition.com/ that won't help the doc, but there's a small chance it will get us to LFTR goodness faster than the doc can help facilitate. That mailing list is ONLY used to ping people once a month when the petition cycles over. So please do not put your email in there thinking I'll keep you updated on the doc. Email me directly for that!

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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. 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!

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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. 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 OR you can wait 6 additional months to see if doc becomes profitable. IF PROFITABLE, I'll send as many DVDs as possible covered by the cost of your pledge amount... you get "paid out" your full pledge in the form of DVDs at wholesale (Kunaki) cost. If you live in USA, $10 would work out to 3 DVDs. Why would anyone want 3 DVDs? Give them to people, so folks can learn about thorium. (Duh!)

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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. 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 you can wait 6 additional months to see if doc becomes profitable. IF PROFITABLE, I'll send as many (not-signed-by-me) DVDs as possible covered by the cost of your pledge amount... you get "paid out" your full pledge in the form of DVDs at wholesale (Kunaki) cost. If you live in USA, $50 would work out to about 20 DVDs. Why would anyone want 20 DVDs? Give them to people, so folks can learn about thorium. (Duh!)

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    This is a Creative Commons project, so it WILL be possible to re-purpose many of my assets should you need to create your very own video. HOWEVER not everyone is up for such a task, and I will be more familiar with the footage than anyone else. If you need a custom edit, I'll create it for you, and release it under Creative Commons. Also immediate access to DRM-free TR2011 Director's Cut. TR2012 screener access during production. Name in the credits. You want a BluRay of TR2012? A bunch of DVDs? Help me to help you. But probably the most useful thing I can do in return is make sure an edit of TR2012 meets your exact needs.

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