We have reached our funding goal! Thank you to all contributors - and to everyone else visiting this page, you can still add to our total! See the sections below for what the extra donations will be used for. If the goal is passed we get 5% back from Indiegogo!
This summer, I'm combining two aspects of my life into one to make the short documentary Fantastic Fusion? about a brilliant technology that will change the world, and how it's being developed in a small village in the UK.
Nuclear fusion uses the weird physics inside the cores of atoms extracted from seawater to provide power that's ten million times more fuel efficient than fossil fuels, in a process that emits no carbon dioxide or hazardous nuclear waste, requires no mining and is sustainable for hundreds of thousands of years. And all it takes is recreating the Sun on Earth...
Fantastic Fusion? is a film idea that I've been toying with for a while, since learning about the York Plasma Institute during my undergrad from my supervisor, a fusion research scientist who uses its facilities to remotely control the biggest fusion reactor in the world for experiments. I've decided to make the fantastic work done by the scientists in York, at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and across the UK the subject of this documentary - which explains the phenomenon of nuclear fusion and visits the reactors in Oxfordshire to find out more about this technology that could save our planet and the teams working to make it a reality.
I want to use the filmmaking opportunity I've been given by the University of York to reach out and communicate science - which I think is incredibly important, valuable and liberating - to everyone. The public understanding of science, and how all aspects of it are relevant to daily life everywhere, is one of the greatest potential successes of all media, old and new. I want to help it happen.
What I Need & What You'll Get
Unfortunately, making a film, however short and seemingly simple, takes time and money. I've been given time - but I need money.
- Location fees
These are the basic necessities - no matter how much is raised, these will be used and the film will get made on loans. The primary goal of this campaign provides shelter and care for my battered student debt.
But if the campaign exceeds the target, it could pay for:
- Archive footage
- Visual effects
- Release (discs, cases etc.)
- The time and hard work my crew are donating
These would help the production be more polished, have more impact and get closer to my original vision for an informative, exciting journey into a little-known area of British scientific excellence.
Even if the goal isn't reached, any funds donated (less Indiegogo's 9% incomplete campaign fee) will go towards the essential costs of making the film. If we pass our goal, Indiegogo's fee becomes 4%.
This film is my final step in the world of education. University made me realise I wanted to be involved in broadcast media and film, and with a solid grounding in astrophysics I would love to make my science communication dream happen.
It's a bigger scale than anything I've done before. I've successfully produced, directed, shot, edited, presented, voiced, mixed and promoted many videos, interviews, live broadcasts (including two 12-hour music festivals) and a radio show before - but they don't compare to the weeks and months of organisation to create this film. And I'm being marked on it! So it had better be good.
All backers will get a private link to view the finished film. If licensing agreements can be reached and copyright wrangled (and there's enough money) it could see public release for free on the internet.
Other Ways You Can HelpIf you can't contribute funds (as a student I appreciate that position), help me find people who can! Publicising this campaign, with the sharing buttons above, by word of mouth or any other means is helping too :)
Material favours are also lovely - anything from driving some equipment round York during our shoot (20th-25th July) to buying me biscuits when I'm collapsed on a keyboard editing the footage is hugely, hugely appreciated.