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A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« on: Jul 14, 2006, 06:44 »
My name is B. Rich.  I am a graduate film student at Columbia College Chicago working on my thesis documentary film.  I am exploring the industry (vs. the "issue") of nuclear energy.  I want to offer an audience the opportunity to go behind the scenes of each stage of the process (mining, processing, enrichment, reactors, waste storage/reprocessing), meet you and your colleagues and get an honest, objective look at the technologies and people that make it all happen.  I'd like to inform (and hopefully entertain) the audience rather than convince them of anything; let them decide for themselves what to think of nuclear energy.   

I'd love to hear from you.  Ultimately I'd love to come to your community and film your world, interview you, explore the facilities and have it all explained.  I've been researching for a year or so and now am ready to finally start meeting people.   

I've begun to contact some of the companies involved in the process, but if any of you have suggestions as to how (or who) to go about getting clearance, permissions, etc. for mines, the enrichment plant (I'm looking forward to going back home - Kentucky) or reactors, I'm all ears.  I'm expecting some serious skepticism with regards to bringing a camera near anything to do with "Nuclear" in today's political climate, but I'm willing to go through the hoops.

Thanks for you help.  You can respond to me here or email me at burningquestions@gmail.com   Anything you have to say will be appreciated.

Sincerely,

B. Rich

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #1 on: Jul 18, 2006, 02:48 »
can't say as that i've anything to offer you for your film (except perhaps if you're still in need of someone for the starring role)..   but since i like the idea i did karma ya..   good luck and i hope it works out real well....   (by the way...   i'm willing to work cheap)

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #2 on: Jul 18, 2006, 02:56 »
use as the diva jessjenn, LD5030 as the lost soul, beercourt as mr knowledge, slogo as the character from the lower east side, dave warren as dave warren. 

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #3 on: Jul 18, 2006, 03:50 »
trinity's children; life along america's nuclear highway...bartimus, mccartney

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #4 on: Jul 18, 2006, 04:31 »
i just had to read over what it means to get karma'd.  thanks.  i feel better already.

don't be so sure you have nothing to offer.  your field qualifies you.  i'm sure you have opinions, ideas, dreams, hopes, fears.... they're all important i think. 

as for suggestions for the roles, great.  though it's a doc, it's still a film.  and you can't have a film that anybody would want to watch (or leave it feeling glad they did) without characters.  now i just need to figure out who is who. 

my budget is what i've managed to put away from teaching film classes, rehabbing basements and repairing toilets and the odd paying gig i get, so cheap is a key word.  i'd like to go around the country and see a lot of different places and meet a lot of people eventually.  but if you're out here in the midwest, i can come sooner than later.

after i get something to show, i can work for the grants to let me get out and about.

what i'm trying to say is if you think the film is a good idea like my karmic friend does, please don't sell yourself short as to what you can offer.  if nothing else, you can teach me more about it all.  there's a LOT of information out there i've been trying to wade through.  all of you can help me cut to the chase.

thanks again for the ideas and interest.

B.

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #5 on: Jul 18, 2006, 05:20 »
well, you might want to look at the hanford reservation in the state of washington...  massive cleanup in progress and it's history goes back to the earliest plutonium production in the country..   there's numerous political issues regarding the site and new technologies for the clean up.  probably alot you could work with...    again, good luck

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #6 on: Jul 18, 2006, 05:27 »
i think the nuclear rocket site has to be the most interesting in nuclear history- imagine a reactor the size of a 55 gallon drum with 900 mgwatts of thermal rating etc.  Area 25 at NTS-

the saddest  SL1, Scorpion, Thresher etc

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #7 on: Jul 18, 2006, 06:29 »
Don't forget to include in your film the fact that Natural Nuclear Reactors exsisted in Africa way before we decided to split the Atom (see Oklo).  Try 1.8 billion years ago.  Found in 1972, they did operate in many ways like todays commercial nuclear reactors.  People always freak out when they hear this and don't believe me, especially after they had just told me that nuclear reactors are an aberration for whatever reason.  It may be a good way to start your show and grab people's interest.

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #8 on: Jul 19, 2006, 09:33 »
excellent idea

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #9 on: Jul 19, 2006, 02:38 »
interesting topic..the non regulation of fossil fuel plants as opposed to the nuke industry.."naturally occuring" doesnt mean noooooo problemo for the general public. Its amazing to me the no nuke controversy out there while coal burning plants generate levels that noone even meters..
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 19, 2006, 04:06 »
As a start, read this article to see what the current climate is in Nuclear Power, and a little history:

http://www.nukeworker.com/forum/index.php/topic,8367.0.html

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #11 on: Jul 20, 2006, 10:37 »
i'm happy to see my karma level rising.

i hadn't run across the "natural reactor" before; i'll be looking into that.  as for the article, thanks.  keep them coming.

as to nuke girls points about the fossil plants being a health threat that doesn't seem to get fully accounted for, it's a good angle.  one of the things to do with that i find really peculiar is the carbon credit.  how a polluting plant can buy credits earned by a non-polluting plant so they're allowed to keep up the pollution.  the credits are traded like a commodity here in Chicago.  i'm still trying to get into seeing the 'board' that controls the trades, but i wonder how such a plan would go over with the nuclear industry, or if it will come to that, with regards to spent fuel and such.

something the forum can fill me in on is outages.  from my vantage point, it seems like outages are a bit like a traveling festival or something.  i worked one summer at a rennaisance fair and the community that developed around those who traveled the circuit with those who were based in a town was nice to see.  friends reuniting once a year, etc.  are outages anything like that?  it seems to be a very fluid industry; lots of people living here for a while, there for a while.  anyone care to comment?

thanks again for your posts.  you're all opening me up to new angles my film can take. 

B.

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #12 on: Jul 20, 2006, 09:54 »
if you really want me to love you ..boycott Ben and Jerrys ice cream lolol they are a huge no nuke voice..and cannot believe..they petiton for no nukes..yet fossil fuel..is OK!!!! ..look into this http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev26-34/text/colmain.html
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 21, 2006, 12:44 »
i'm happy to see my karma level rising.

i hadn't run across the "natural reactor" before; i'll be looking into that.  as for the article, thanks.  keep them coming.

as to nuke girls points about the fossil plants being a health threat that doesn't seem to get fully accounted for, it's a good angle.  one of the things to do with that i find really peculiar is the carbon credit.  how a polluting plant can buy credits earned by a non-polluting plant so they're allowed to keep up the pollution.  the credits are traded like a commodity here in Chicago.  i'm still trying to get into seeing the 'board' that controls the trades, but i wonder how such a plan would go over with the nuclear industry, or if it will come to that, with regards to spent fuel and such.

something the forum can fill me in on is outages.  from my vantage point, it seems like outages are a bit like a traveling festival or something.  i worked one summer at a rennaisance fair and the community that developed around those who traveled the circuit with those who were based in a town was nice to see.  friends reuniting once a year, etc.  are outages anything like that?  it seems to be a very fluid industry; lots of people living here for a while, there for a while.  anyone care to comment?

thanks again for your posts.  you're all opening me up to new angles my film can take. 

B.

Well back when the outages were long it could be like a festival or family reunion. I once had thanksgiving dinner twice at my house to feed all the guys who had to work and were away from home. Henry and I have shared some great times, especially the holidays with friends who like us were far from home and family.

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« Reply #14 on: Jul 21, 2006, 01:53 »
you might also want to see if you can get a copy of " of atoms to ashes" its a ducementary about the 2 test reactors that were located at NASA's plumbrook reactor facility in sandusky,oh and is currently in the phase of being decomissioned. i'll try to help you get a copy if i can as i do have contacts that still work there.

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« Reply #15 on: Jul 21, 2006, 07:33 »
If your interest is in the Midwest, and you want to see what bad things can happen check out Zion (North of Chicago in IL). Unemployment is bad; that was one of the last plants shutdown.
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« Reply #16 on: Jul 24, 2006, 09:07 »
while working on the set of Wild Hogs, I met a lady that makes films (docs.) i told her what you are doing and she is interested in helping and getting possible grants. She has done about 4 or so docs. email me for her phone number....

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« Reply #17 on: Jul 25, 2006, 04:37 »
if you really want me to love you ..boycott Ben and Jerrys ice cream lolol they are a huge no nuke voice..

i have a hard time with that one they just brought back dublin mudslide.........now for alphas diva comment...ive always seen myself as the cute one that knows more than most assume hehe.

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #18 on: Jul 25, 2006, 08:51 »
i think the nuclear rocket site has to be the most interesting in nuclear history- imagine a reactor the size of a 55 gallon drum with 900 mgwatts of thermal rating etc.  Area 25 at NTS-


I was there for the decommissioning.  It was a very cool place.
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 11, 2006, 06:48 »
i think the nuclear rocket site has to be the most interesting in nuclear history- imagine a reactor the size of a 55 gallon drum with 900 mgwatts of thermal rating etc.  Area 25 at NTS-


The sad thing is that they are destroying almost all of the old facilities out in Area 25. 

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« Reply #20 on: Dec 12, 2006, 07:51 »
use as the diva jessjenn, LD5030 as the lost soul, beercourt as mr knowledge, slogo as the character from the lower east side, dave warren as dave warren. 

would that include cameo interviews with pet_cow, Rad-Ghost or other notable personalitites?  ;)

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Re: A documentary film about you, nuclear workers
« Reply #21 on: Dec 12, 2006, 09:02 »
use as the diva jessjenn, LD5030 as the lost soul, beercourt as mr knowledge, slogo as the character from the lower east side, dave warren as dave warren. 

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« Reply #22 on: Dec 13, 2006, 12:13 »
by the looks of it its grown on by now ;)

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« Reply #23 on: Apr 16, 2007, 05:41 »
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« Reply #24 on: Apr 16, 2007, 05:45 »
Hikerb   there is a lot of reference material available for use.  And with the Information Act releasing previously "classified" films, documents and accounts you should be able to put together quite a show.  I for one would love to see your final product.

I think you might need to add how the public here behaves when talking about nuclear power vs coal or natural gas generated electricity.  Go Nukes

 


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