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 understand the basic theoretical underpinnings of making a documentary.
- Students combine experience/claims with scientific knowledge/research and incorporate the resulting knowledge into a mini-documentary.
- Students communicate knowledge critically, correctly and accessible to a broad audience through a mini-documentary.
- Students have learned the practical skills needed to develop a mini-documentary.