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By Jonas Weir
The road is a dangerous place, and Drew Scheneman wants to change that.
Drew is spearheading the Teaching Driving Kickstarter campaign, which needs to meet its $15,000 goal to produce a twenty-five-lesson DVD training video for parents that are teaching their kids to drive.
The lessons are filled with useful tips and tools for passing on good driving etiquette and knowledge. Every tip is backed with research for skeptical parents. For example, acting as a role model is simple enough, and research shows a correlation between parents' habits and their children's habits. You wouldn't want your child talking on the phone, not wearing seatbelt, and making a pass at the same time.
Although the lessons are all very useful and easy-to-follow, the illustrations and video production are what makes this video a true standout. That's why Drew, a Delaware resident, turned to Missouri for help.
Artist Ben Chlapek, an Liberty native and MU alumnus, illustrated the entire video. His distinctive style makes this film a step above the typical video your teen will see in driver's ed class. You can see on lightboxes and murals in Downtown Columbia if you keep your eyes peeled. But the best part about the Kickstarter's incentives is you can actually own a piece of Ben's art. Any donation more than $7 is be rewarded with a postcard by Ben, and if you have the cash and the desire for a portrait, a $1,000 donation will be rewarded with custom drawing that you can commission from Ben.
However great Ben's drawing are, the video would have never come together if Drew hadn't partnered with Boxcar Films—a Columbia production company headed by Brock Williams. Brock co-produced the 2013 horror film You're Next, which made $25 million in the box office and had a killer soundtrack, and Boxcar Films produced the comedies Box Elder and Awful Nice.
Teaching Driving is 37 percent funded, and it only needs 313 people to pre-order a copy of the DVD to reach its full funding.