Among the challenges of field research, particularly when you’re operating alone or on a limited budget, is finding a way to capture your work visually—not just as a record, but as a vehicle of science communication to help convey the value and nature of your project to broader audiences. Most of our students and faculty are not trained videographers, after all, and few of us have the time or equipment to set up sophisticated filming operations on the go. So even if you don’t have high-end tools or training, can you still collect powerful footage of your work?
Absolutely, says Producer/Director Ethan Steinman of Daltonic Films, who will be giving a special workshop next Wednesday, October 21, as part of the SEFS Seminar Series: “Documenting Science: How to Shoot Usable Video of Your Research.”
Steinman’s talk is designed for student and faculty researchers and will run from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Anderson 223. He has offered to stick around afterward, as well, to help with questions about specific equipment or projects (in case you need tips about recording on your smartphone with a mini-tripod, for instance). The seminar is free and open to all students, staff and faculty at the University of Washington, so bring your gear and take advantage of this great workshop!
About the Talk
The workshop’s focus is to teach scientists the inexpensive and effective methods of recording their own quality media in the field. Rather than fighting for high budgets or hiring someone to film, Steinman will talk about the methods a filmmaker uses to key in on a subject and shoot an array of footage that can be edited after research is complete to complement research papers and assist in public outreach.
About the Speaker
Steinman launched his career in film and television in 1995. Over the years, he has worked on programming for NBC, FOX and Comedy Central, commercial projects for clients including Dodge, Burger King, Capri Sun, Mercedes, Nike, Ford, Nissan, Pepsi, BMW, Novartis and Unilever, and produced series for Discovery Channel, Discovery Health and A&E.
From 2002 to 2011, Steinman lived between Paris, France, and Buenos Aires and Mendoza in Argentina to broaden his vision and to present himself with new challenges. During the past several years, he has directed the award-winning documentaries, Tesoros Descartados and Glacial Balance, as well as original content for Al Jazeera English, CNN, Adidas and Major League Soccer.
He now resides in Seattle.