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We teach the science of evolution through clear, friendly, entertaining animations.
We teach the science of evolution through clear, friendly, entertaining animations.
327 backers pledged $12,577 to help bring this project to life.

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We have successfully funded our first video but need continued support to fund the other three. You can help by contributing financially if you are able, and by spreading the word by sharing this project with everyone you know!

Funding Goals:

  • $7,200 pays for 1 animation plus contributor rewards
  • $13,400 will give us enough for 2 animations
  • $19,600 gives us enough for 3 animations
  • $25,800 is our ultimate goal which gives us enough for all 4 animations!

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Jon

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The theory of biological evolution is the foundational concept of biology. It helps us understand why living things are they way they are, and how it is that they change and adapt over time. Discussions on the topic often blow up into fiery debates with people on both sides resorting to personal attacks. At StatedClearly.com we are creating tools which you can use to talk about and defend the science of evolution with clear friendly instruction.

Stated Clearly is a group of artists, scientists, and educators who have come together to create a series of short animations teaching genetics and evolution in a simple, friendly manner. You can easily share these videos with others to promote healthy conversation.

Our videos are:

  • Free to watch and share on YouTube
  • Short and entertaining
  • Scientifically accurate and fit for use in public schools
  • Presented in plain language that everyone can understand
  • Friendly and religiously neutral so they can be easily shared with everyone
  • Designed to correct common misconceptions about the science of evolution

We have produced 5 animations so far. They have been used as teaching tools by the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Richard Dawkins Foundation, and NASA's Center for Chemical Evolution. They are used in middle school, high school, and college classrooms. They are being shared between friends all around the globe through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.

Samples of our work

Purpose of this Kickstarter

We have 15 more videos which need funding to be created. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise the funds we need to create the next 4 animations:

What is the evidence for evolution?

This animation outlines the main groups of evidence for evolution (comparative anatomy, the fossil record, embryology, and so on) and uses the example of whale evolution—from land to sea—to show how evidence from multiple groups is used together to understand the past.

How do new species evolve?

This animation touches on the various working definitions of a “species” and shows viewers what kinds of events and pressures cause a population to diverge into two species.

What is the speed of evolution?

This animation discusses the gradual process of evolution and talks about the true meaning of “Punctuated Equilibrium”, a concept which is often misunderstood.

How does new genetic information evolve?

There are 5 known natural mechanisms which can produce new genes. This animation discusses them in plain language and takes a look at the evolution of snake venom to see how these processes work.

Our Team

Our creative team consists of artist Jon Perry who founded the group, Jeremiah Deasey of Upheaval Design, Anthony Danzl of Proof Avenue records, and Rosemary Mosco of Bird and Moon Comics.

Our science advisory panel consists of Tom Cochran who taught high school science; Dr Nicholas Hud, Brian Cafferty and Eric T. Parker from NASA’s Center for Chemical Evolution; Dr. Nicholas Casewell of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; Dr. David Lynn of Emory University; Dr Ram Krishnamurthy of the Scripps Research Institute; Angelica Menchaca of the Natural History Museum; and Dr. Jay T. Goodwin of the National Science Foundation.

Our Budget

On average it costs between $4,800 and $6,400 to create an animation. Our minimum fundraising goal of $7,200 will pay for the creation of one animation, plus allow us to print t-shirts and ship rewards out to contributors. Our ultimate goal of $25,800 will pay for all 4 videos plus rewards for contributors.

Funding Goals:

  • $7,200 pays for 1 animation plus contributor rewards
  • $13,400 will give us enough for 2 animations
  • $19,600 gives us enough for 3 animations
  • $25,800 is our ultimate goal which gives us enough for all 4 animations!

Cool stuff for you

We have many rewards for those who help fund our project, including t-shirts, stickers, and video downloads.

Contribute to our Kickstarter and become a DEFENDER OF SCIENCE!

Risks and challenges

The most difficult part of creating these animations is simplifying the principles taught so that they can be understood by non-scientists, but not over-simplifying them to the point that they become inaccurate.

By combining graphics with narration, we're able to pack a lot of information in a small amount of time without using much jargon.

On our team we have professional scientists, artists (which have little or no scientific training), and teachers like Tom Cochran who has been working in the public school system for over 50 years. With this diverse team we are able to make sure that the messages are accurate and impressive to college professors, yet clear and friendly for everyone else.

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    THANK YOU—get your name on our 'Defenders of Science Thank You Page' at www.StatedClearly.com. You will also gain access to images you can share on Facebook to show that you are a Defender of Science!

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    VIDEO DOWNLOADS—get digital copies of all of our animations. Watch our videos ad-free at home or present them in class from your hard drive without needing an internet connection. Plus we add your name to our 'Thank You' page.

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    'DEFENDER OF SCIENCE' T-SHIRT—this shirt comes in either a men's or women's cut. It shows Charles Darwin riding Archaeopteryx. You get to chose the size and gender after the fundraiser is complete. Shirt also comes with two stickers, digital video downloads, and your name on our 'Thank You' page.

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    STATED CLEARLY HOODED SWEATSHIRT—this warm cotton hoody comes with two stickers, digital downloads of our animations, and your name added to our 'Thank You' page.

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    HOODY AND T-SHIRT—get a 'Stated Clearly' hooded sweatshirt and a 'Defender of Science' t-shirt. This comes with 4 stickers (for you and for a friend), along with access to video downloads and your name on our 'Thank You' page.

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    ORIGINAL SIGNED ANIMATION FRAME—this is a large print (12” by 6 3/4”) of an actual unique frame from the Stated Clearly animation you helped fund. It is autographed by artist Jon Perry, it comes with a certificate of authenticity, and on the back of the print you’ll find the frame number from the video. You will be the only one with this particular frame. You also get a sweatshirt, a t-shirt, stickers, your name on our "Thank You" page and you get access to video downloads.

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    YOUR PET IN OUR ANIMATION - send us a photo of your animal friend. We'll use the photo to create a cartoon image which will be used in the animation you helped fund. We will also send you a 12” by 6 3/4” print of the cartoon image. You also get a sweatshirt, a t-shirt, stickers, your name on our "Thank You" page and you get access to video downloads.

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    JOIN OUR REVIEW TEAM—you will gain access to our discussion board where you will be able to review drafts of our videos before launch and give us feedback. You also get a sweatshirt, a t-shirt, stickers, your name on our "Thank You" page and you get access to video downloads.

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    YOUR NAME AND DEDICATION IN CREDITS—your name will appear in the ending credits of a Stated Clearly animation you helped fund. We are only offering 1 of these per video. No business names please. Dedication message must be appropriate for all audiences. Feel free to contact us with any questions before contributing. You also get a sweatshirt, a t-shirt, stickers, your name on our "Thank You" page and you get access to video downloads.

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