CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Caitlin Bailey, who graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2012, is making a 15-minute short documentary that explores how science fiction and fantasy are used to teach science. Bailey is a current MFA student at Montana State University.
Bailey, who created the documentary titled “The Magical Effect,” is looking to the new online world of crowd-funding websites to support her new project.
“Currently, I am making a film exploring how science fiction and fantasy are used to teach science and whether these are viable ways to educate students about the subject,” she said. “I’m raising money for my film through a Kickstarter campaign. Any little bit helps!”
Bailey’s Kickstarter webpage is accompanied by a video describing her project. She will interview two separate experts about using science-fiction and fantasy genres to teach children real science. Her project is in the final stages of pre-production and she needs financial backing to enter the production stage.
Her previous effort, “Gym Germs,” described bacteria on the surfaces of gym equipment. The film, which was shown at Montana State University, led to a change in the University’s gym cleaning policy. As a result, the University now uses one-time use microfiber cloths to wipe down the gym equipment.
Bailey will only receive money if her Kickstarter is 100 percent funded, otherwise she will not receive any money at all. The online campaign ends on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Links to both the Kickstarter page and her previous film “Gym Germs” can be found below.
Kickstarter: "The Magical Effect"
Previous Film: "Gym Germs"