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Month: June 2011

ScienceFilm alumni take 1st & 2nd place in Puerto Rico film festival

Four participants from the recent ScienceFilm workshop in Puerto Rico have taken top honors at a film festival in Puerto Rico:

“The First Environmental Short Film Festival of the Estuary Film Series was held at the Parque Jaime Benitez in Laguna del Condado on June 25, 2011. Seven short documentaries were presented and about 130 people attended the event”

“First Place was awarded to the documentary For the Love of Turtles by Nora Álvarez-Berríos and Ana Elisa Pérez-Quintero. This short film also won the Audience Prize for Best Documentary. ”

The documentary Garbage: Problem or Treasure? by Brenda Castro and Jomara Laboy won Second Place.


(text adapted from the University of Puerto Rico Environmental Sciences website)

Final Cut X is here

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!

Final Cut X really looks like iMovie ’11, but it has a lot of power under the hood. There is a really great overview here

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!

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

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.”

Click here to learn more

submitted by Jamie Voyles

Twitter now has native photo and video sharing

Twitter is such a strong way to get your word out there, and getting your word out there is what science filmmaking is all about! Share your video using Twitter:

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