Translating scientific concepts into ordinary language is enough of a challenge. Making them so compelling people actually pay attention is about as easy as jumping across the Grand Canyon. But that’s what Megan Callahan, Martha Essak, Colin Mahony and Yoshi Watanabe did with their video, “Species Extinction: The Domino Effect”.
Randy Olson, who taught the workshop, says the students had no previous experience with cameras and editing. They made the no-budget film in just two days.
Olson has been offering 3 Day Intensive Videomaking Workshops since 2005. He writes on his blog (The Benshi: Essays from Scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson) that “Species Extinction” just might be the best of the 65 videos his students have produced. Watch it, and you will see why. These young people nailed a complex concept in a simple, dramatic way.
At the very end of the video, I gasped. These students – and Randy Olson – give me hope that a new generation of scientists will be better at telling the science stories it is so important for us to understand.
My thanks to Cathy for telling me about this gem.