Filmmaking for Scientists
Organisers: Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg & Neuchatel (CUSO), University of Zurich & ETH Zurich (Life Science Zurich, GRACE), and University of Basel (GRACE)
Partners: Zoo Zurich
Trainer: Dr. Samer Angelone MORE INFORMATION
Links to the previous Filmmaking for Scientists
Paul Scherrer Institut 2018
University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) 2019
Paul Scherrer Institut 2019
Basel University (GRACE) 2019
A major challenge for us as scientists is to communicate complex concepts and detailed content in ways that are appropriate for a wide audience. Films are powerful tools of scientific communication and can be used in a number of different contexts: for example in ethnographic research, for the multimedia thesis and the public defence, or in outreach, to bring the general public into closer contact with scientific research. And hence scientists can benefit from the inspirational, educational, and motivational power of films to communicate their knowledge and expertise.
The technical skills for filming and editing, as well as developing a strong narrative, lie outside our training as academic scientists. In this workshop, participants will learn about camera, audio, lighting equipment, and how to use film editing software, together with how to write, design and carry out the basics of making a documentary. This practice-focused workshop will include filming a short documentary film.
Camera and lighting (using different Canon and GoPro cameras).
Screenwriting and storyboard (using examples from fiction and documentary films).
Film editing (using Premiere Pro CC program).
Filming a short documentary film.
The topic of the short documentary film will be decided by the participants (following their interests) under the supervision of the trainer
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to prepare their own films, including script & storyboard, camera & lighting and editing.
Pedagogical methods, logistical aspects
The workshop will be based on preparing a short film. The whole workshop will be working together to prepare this short film, and the participants will learn all about filmmaking while they prepare this short film. Specialist equipment (including professional cameras, lighting materials, computers and software) will be supplied by the trainer.
The workshop is intended for master and PhD candidates, in Social Sciences, Humanities, Exact and Natural Sciences.
Even when participants come from different backgrounds, the chosen subject to be filmed will include all possible scenes which the scientific filmmakers may face, including filming in the laboratory, during fieldwork or interviews, and in time-lapse. The aim of the workshop is to learn "the language of filmmaking" which is universal for all fields of knowledge.