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Making the Science Documentary
MB&B 140
Spring 2010 not offered
Crosslisting: FILM 140

This course is designed to introduce a core set of scientific concepts and the basics of digital video production and documentary filmmaking to teach students the challenges of communicating science-related issues through visual media. The science topics will center on research being conducted at Wesleyan University on the cellular and molecular basis of diseases. Through a series of lectures and short written assignments, students will learn about four research laboratories in the MB&B and Biology Departments and get to know the scientists in the labs. In complementary sessions, students will be taught (a) technical skills of filmmaking, (b) fundamental differences between test-based and visual modes of communication, and (c) functional models of documentary filmmaking. Students will work toward a final project-an eight-minute documentary that could be centered on current research, historical perspectives, a scientist's biography, and or any other creative idea that engages viewers' interest in science.

Essential Capabilities: Designing, Creating, and Realizing
This course is envisioned to teach students the challenges of communicating scientific concepts through visual media by providing training in the production of a scientific documentary.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MB&B, NSM MB&B
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS)

Last Updated on JUN-13-2024
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