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Science Filmmaking 101
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The best nature and wildlife films are informative, moving, and artistic. Recently I discovered a web resource that only features some  terrific videos, but goes even further by sharing some of the secrets of the craft of science filmmaking.  It's called Untamed Science and is the product of a collaboration that includes scientists, filmmakers and educators. They can tell you about their mission better than I can so go here to read about it. But before you do, let me tell you what excites me about what they are doing. My favorite part of Untamed Science is a section called An Introduction ot Science and Wildlife Filmmaking. This is essentially a primer on how to make your own science videos. And lest you think it is a series of tips or pointers, I want to assure you that it is a thorough and detailed primer. There are introductory sections for beginners and more advanced section for people who are already comfortable with video equipment that includes such topics as:


The folks at Untamed Science also make their own videos and have posted them, along with educational resources that facilitate using the videos in the classroom. Most of the materials are on biological topics, with a special focus on biodiversity.  All in all, Untamed Science has so much to offer, particularly for K-12 educators. Middle and high school students using the site will surely be inspired and well informed. The young filmmakers and scientists that host Untamed Science are engaging and extremely cool.

Filmmaking is not only an excellent vehicle for students to demonstrate what they have learned; it is also a valuable tool for teaching students to work collaboratively and to develop communication skills that will be useful to them throughout their lives.

 

 


Posted 13 Dec 2011 12:02 PM by Maria Sosa