APS 282 Talking the Talk: Getting Science onto Film

Level 2
Semester 2
Credits 10
Teaching Staff Dr Nicola Hemmings (APS),Matt Pitts-Tucker  (Freelance producer/director)
Co-ordinator Dr Nicola Hemmings


‘Science is not finished until it is communicated’ -Sir Mark Jeremy Walport, Chief Executive UK Research & Innovation

Communication is a fundamental aspect of being a responsible scientist, as well as many other careers. This intensive, week-long module during the Easter holiday covers an introduction to science communication using the medium of film-making. There will also be a few sessions during semester 2 in the run up to the start of the module to prepare you. The focus will be to turn technical scientific information into a form accessible to multiple audiences, working within the confines of an authentic brief given by an industry professional. Continuous formative feedback is given throughout the process to support everyone, including film-making novices. A key feature will be developing the project as a team: students are encouraged to recognise and use their own strengths to create and implement innovative ideas. Individually, it will develop confidence and creativity in presenting ideas and technical skills in shooting footage and editing. The final products will be made publically available (depending on strict copyright infringement checks).

Teaching will take place in the form of lectures on effective storytelling, working within the confines of a brief and maximising creativity.  The module will be delivered in collaboration with staff from the University of Sheffield Creative Media Team, who will be on hand to advise on equpiment, filming and editing software and Industry professionals, who will provide opportunities to learn about career progression and employment in this area.

Aims and Objectives

1. Film, edit and produce a video communicating a scientific theme.
2. Work within the confines of an authentic brief.
3. Design innovative communication mechanisms.
4. Present intentions of the project to industry professionals.
5. Recognise and cater to requirements dictated by a specific target audience.
6. Recognise the potential of diversity of skill and division of roles within a group.
7. Construct an achievable work plan within a set time scale.
8. Use current computer software to edit and enhance film footage.

Delivery Method: Lectures, Seminars and Fieldwork

Assessment Method:
20% - Storyboard (individual coursework)
60% - Final 5-minute video submission (group Coursework)
10% - Associated paperwork documenting source details for un-owned music, images and footage (group coursework)
10% - Individual performance (Individual evaluation by Instructors throughout the week).

Feedback: Specific Formative feedback will be given by the Instructor and Industry professional on an `Industry pitch`style group presentation if ideas near the beginning of the course.  Formative feedback will also be given ad hoc throughout the course when needed.  Summative feedback will be provided on final coursework submissions.

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