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Crowdsourcing Mornings: The Bill Nye Film


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Once the host of a popular kid’s show, Bill is about to take off his “Science Guy” lab coat and battle the naysayers to create a more scientifically literate and engaged universe.  They’re going to make a film about it. A film for science. A film for the cosmos. The full access, exclusive film about Bill Nye.  They’re documentary filmmakers, but they’re also hardcore Bill Nye fans who spent their middle school years learning about the ecosystem and the color spectrum from his trusty VHS tapes. Bill’s passion and enthusiasm stayed with them, and when they got older, they started making films about science and technology. When they learned that Bill Nye was doing something new, working outside of the classroom to champion science and space exploration and the fight against climate change, they knew they had to make this documentary.

So they did their homework and learned everything they could about Bill.  They gathered a great team, including Academy Award-winning producer Seth Gordon, and they created a plan for a documentary that will offer an all access backstage pass to Bill’s epic quest to change the world. Then, they shared their vision with Bill, who not only said yes but opened up his life to them. They’re still a little giddy. It’s awesome!  With Bill on board, they’re ready to start following Bill as he tours the globe, advocates for space policy in Washington DC, launches a satellite, hangs out with Neil deGrasse Tyson, debates climate change deniers, and attempts to fill the big shoes of his former mentor and friend Carl Sagan — all at a time when science is under attack.

The pieces are all falling in to place, but they need one last boost to make this film happen. They need your support. They need to raise the funds to travel with Bill, buy plane tickets and crash in cheap hotels. They need to find and license the best moments from Bill’s storied career in television — including “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” as well as the lesser known classics like “Bill’s Basement” and “Almost Live!” Then, they need to hire an amazing team for post-production, including an editor, sound designer, animator, composer and colorist. Finally, they need to send it to film festivals and get it out into the world.

So they are turning to you, people of the internet…. People who grew up on Bill Nye… People who care about science and knowledge and bow ties. If you get on board with this crazy mission, they will make the ultimate documentary about Bill Nye, and science will finally rule (again)!  Carl Sagan once said, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” They know that right here in front of them, there is a great story waiting to be known. If you jump on board and support this film, they promise to give it everything they’ve got. Their hearts, blood, sweat and tears. They will not rest until they’ve made something incredible — the ultimate film about Bill Nye.  As Bill says, “Let’s change the world!”

As of August 3rd, this project has raised around $445,000 of their $650,000 goal. This project only has 10 days left to raise the $650,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $5, you will get behind the scenes access and a shoutout on Twitter.  For a pledge of $25, you will get to stream the film online before anyone else.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/structurefilms/the-bill-nye

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