If you want some examples of how other people have approached the telling of science stories through film, look no further than the World Science Festival. This is a festival that happens each year, this year in New York City from May 30 – June 3rd. I have no doubt that the festival would be excellent to attend, but you can gain a great deal by watching some of the 300+ videos, mostly science related, in their awesome video library.
Despite being Final Cut Pro users since 2007, we use iMovie ’11 as an editing standard for our ScienceFilm courses. And why not? It comes free with every Mac, and it really covers the basic needs of an editor quite well. In fact, it does things better than FCP7 (faster output, ease of image stabilization, automatic transcoding of video). Yet, there is many things that iMovie can’t do, which was frustrating at times. With the release of Final Cut X, we can now have the best of both worlds!
Although we are giving up a few things with FCPX (like the ability to edit projects from FCP7 and previous, and to use 3rd party plugins, I think there is a great deal to be gained by moving on up. Exciting times!
Registration for the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is now open! The festival runs Oct 3-7, 2011.
From their website:
“The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival brings together the world’s best natural history broadcasters, producers and filmmakers and other industry professionals with leading scientists, journalists, and conservationists, for one remarkable week each autumn. They gather from around the world in the heart of Grand Teton National Park to explore new media technologies and emerging market opportunities, exchange ideas, and honor notable achievements that have been made in environmental conservation and media. This year’s Festival itself is slated for October 3-7.”
At VFOF, their goal is to inspire and stimulate people to explore their relationship with the ocean by bringing together local and international filmmakers and presenters in a multimedia event and juried film competition.
You can even win a trip to Antarctica by entering your film. Good luck!
We have created the ScienceFilm forum, a place for everyone interested in science film making to discuss gear and techniques, make announcements, and connect with others who share the same interest. There is also workshop-specific forums for participants to connect before the workshop, and stay in touch after the workshop. We hope it will be a useful addition to the site,
We are pleased to announce a 2011 ScienceFilm workshop at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs, in Washington State. The workshop will run April 24-May 1, 2011. Registration fees will be announced in the next week. We ran a very successful workshop at FHL last year, the facilities were perfectly suited to our needs, so we are happy to be returning.
For more information about the FHL ScienceFilm workshop, please contact Jeff Morales: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Friday Harbor Labs, visit: http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/