Quite a few biology and psychology teachers already use the rap songs in their classes (see the “Testimonials” document) to introduce evolutionary concepts to their students, and these videos will make an even more potent vehicle for communicating science in an entertaining manner.
The initial funding from the Wellcome Trust allows us to shoot live footage for each video with a professional film crew, edit it, and set up a website to distribute the videos. This phase of the project will be completed by mid-December. The additional funding from Crowdfunder will allow us to produce original animation and digital effects and license high-quality nature footage from the BBC, to make the vision of each video really come to life.
Rewards for your contributions include your name in the video credits, a free digital download of the DVD, a pre-order of the DVD to be sent to you by mail when it’s ready, and even the use of your photo within the videos themselves, each photo representing a branch on the human family tree. Contributions of over £1,000 will book a full performance of the Rap Guide to Evolution at your local school or theatre in 2011, subject to Baba’s availability.?
Just click here if you’d like to help him raise the money needed! It’s a great cause and I can’t wait to see the final products.
(Thanks to Melissa for the link!)