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Principles of Curiosity: A New Film from Skeptoid Media

We live in a world filled with pseudoscience and misinformation. This film is a remedy.

Principles of Curiosity teaches a simple method anyone can follow to learn to tell what's true from what's not. It is scientific critical thinking packaged for students and the general public.

Skeptoid Media is a 501c3 nonprofit and Principles of Curiosity will be released worldwide, for free, under a Creative Commons license allowing unlimited public and private showings. It will also come with freely downloadable courseware in applied critical thinking for educators in high school through college.

Principles of Curiosity is a Skeptoid Media film produced by New Rule Productions. Contact Brian Dunning, Director of Content for Skeptoid Media, with any questions.

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Update Apr 20, 2017

Picture lock. Still to do: FX, scoring, audio re-recording, color timing, and tweaking a few shots without altering the timeline. (Still short on budget for these items.)

A premiere in Boston is pretty well nailed down for June 27th. Still working on LA, NY, SF, and Huntsville premieres for earlier in June. Make sure you're on the mailing list to receive more info about these.

Update Apr 17, 2017

The workprint is now in the hands of... well, a lot of people. The composer, the team writing the educational materials, and guys like me who just want to geek out over it.

Update Apr 11, 2017

Composer Lee Sanders, who will be scoring the film, has selected Budapest Scoring to record some of the music. How, you might ask? It's done remotely. They have some network thingamajob going. Although a conductor is there in person in Budapest, Lee is in live videoconference with the session and there is a full-quality connection for the audio. A few of us will be on hand for the recording session, and I'll look into live streaming some of it for those who are interested.

We are planning the premieres. At this point, we're hoping to schedule screenings in Los Angeles, Huntsville, New York, Boston, and San Francisco. The trick is venues with high-quality cinema facilities that we can afford. If you have a hookup or a suggestion for any of those cities, let me know.

Update Apr 5, 2017

Ryan took a break from editing today, so the two of us could shoot out to Hammertown USA (Johnson Valley, CA) for the last of the aerial photography. There is only one more shot left, which we'll do next week in the studio. But post production continues unabated.

Update Mar 29, 2017

We have an initial rough cut back from the assistant editor today, which means post-production is now rolling in earnest. We also have tentative dates for the film's premiere: likely the 3rd week of May. Searching now for specific dates.

Update Mar 20, 2017

l've posted a blog entry here giving lots of information about where we are and what's next. Getting all the post-production ducks into a row: editing, animations, color, sound, and scoring. It's gonna be a great show!

Here are some pics from our final two "friends" scenes — these are the scenes in which major donors appeared plus a few other folks. In these, we chat about some of the common places we hear misinformation: the Internet, TV, and friends. Look closely and you might recognize a few VIPs in these shots.

Update Mar 7, 2017

Having returned from our final road shoot —¬†at some agricultural locations in the very southern tip of California — we're now in that vague "principal photography complete" stage. That means there are no more major shoots, but inevitably, a bunch of little odds & ends shoots. Also some graphics and animation and stuff like that.

It's clear that we won't be finished in the first quarter, which was our initial plan. The main culprit was the weather in Death Valley which kept delaying our ability to shoot there, and when you're hiring a film crew, ambiguity really sucks, because you can't schedule them and then cancel without leaving them enough time to book other work. But we finally got it done and are super happy with all the footage we have. It's going to be a great film.

Expect the finished product in Q2, and we'll update you on this page when we have it nailed down. We're looking at one premiere in Los Angeles, and hopefully up to two others TBA. Here are just a few snapshots from our agricultural shoot:

Update Feb 17, 2017

We just got back from shooting at the second of our three major locations, the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville AL. Here are a bunch of photos. Enjoy:

Update Feb 2, 2017

Thanks to our donors! Here is a short thank-you video from director Ryan Johnson updating you on our production:



We are getting close to our goal to fund the production! As this is a nonprofit, noncommercial film that will be released free, there is no money to be made from it. Its financing comes entirely from private grants and donations from viewers like you who want high-quality critical thinking materials available to schools and to the general public.

Here is where we are:

To donate less than $200, please use the GoFundMe box. To avoid substantial fees for larger donations, please email us to make a direct donation.



$10 - You'll receive a link to download the film in full 1080 HD.

$50 - Receive a Skeptoid Media USB 3.0 flash drive preloaded with the film, and also everything else we've ever produced.

$100 - All of the above, plus free admission to any premiere screening in the Los Angeles area or anywhere else we can put one together.

$500 - All of the above, plus "Special Thanks" in the film's credits.

$1,000 - All of the above, plus access to the shooting locations. Come hang out with us on the set, or as much as the production as you'd like. (Shooting has been completed.)

$2,500 - All of the above, plus you get to appear in the film as yourself with a good pro-science speaking part. Includes an IMDb acting credit. (All scenes have already been shot.)

$5,000 - All the above, plus Associate Producer credit in the film and in IMDb.

$10,000 - All the above, plus Executive Producer credit in the film and in IMDb.



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