Science Communication Mini-Documentary
Full course description
According to director Beeban Kidron in her 2012 TED talk, films are the 20th century’s most influential art form because they allow people to tell stories across national boundaries and languages. It is through film that people in today’s connected and fast-changing world are increasingly introduced to values, struggles, innovations, and beliefs beyond their daily experience. Mini-documentaries are one type of way to visually share ones message/story. Documentaries form a practical way to communicate ones story and appeal to a broad audience. It is low-budget, allows non-fiction come to life and creates, if developed correctly, awareness. In this project, students work in small teams to create a mini-documentary on a specific topic. Next to being introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of the medium documentary, this project focuses on developing the skills needed to create a mini-documentary and combining these skills with the knowledge and research skills that students have acquired at UCV so far. The best mini-documentary will be presented at the UCV student conference.
Students are able to…
- List the basic theoretical underpinnings of making a documentary.
- Identify the concept of science communication and the challenges of proper communication for different audiences.
- Construct a brief and a plan to produce a documentary.
- Implement practical skills on filming and editing to develop quality footage.
- Communicate scientific knowledge critically, correctly, and accessible to a broad audience through the production of a mini-documentary.
- Judge a journalistic communication of a scientific topic to determine the actual facts behind it.
Literature will be provided accordingly during the progress of the project. Besides, students are encouraged to search for their own resources.