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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.)
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