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Science Communication Workshop: Storytelling with Video

Workshop Agenda | Speaker Bios | Participant List | Resources
Communication Training for Scientists

July 14, 2015
9:00 – 5:00 p.m.
URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Ocean Science and Exploration Center
Challenger Conference Room
215 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI

Filmmaking update

Storytelling with Video

Are you looking for an effective communications tool to advance your research objectives and engage broader audiences? The answer may be as close as your iPhone or point-and-shoot camera.

Metcalf Institute partnered with Ocean Media Institute to hold a workshop on visual storytelling for scientists using video. The workshop, supported by Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), was free and open to research staff, graduate students, post-docs, and natural and social science faculty from Rhode Island colleges and universities.

Documentary film experts Gianna Savoie and Jeff Reed from the Ocean Media Institute provided the tools needed to develop brief, powerful videos to help scientists communicate their research to targeted audiences. Participants learned about:

  • The essentials of visual storytelling
  • Interviewing techniques, including a role-play exercise
  • Inexpensive yet effective video gear, including iPhones and point-and-shoot cameras
  • Hands-on videography and audio techniques
  • Editing basics with iMovie

Participants provided their own iPhone or point-and-shoot cameras. Participants were encouraged to bring their personal laptops with iMovie installed, as computers were not provided.

About Ocean Media Institute
Ocean Media Institute (OMI) works in collaboration with organizations, academic institutions, aquaria, and museums across the globe to create and distribute media that promotes ocean science and conservation. OMI is a global media collective that serves to create, educate, and advocate for the protection of the ocean. As a creative hub for organizations worldwide, the Institute fosters the democratization of ocean science by actively bringing together scientists and students, media makers and policy-makers in an effort to work collaboratively to produce and openly distribute innovative visual stories to address ocean issues.


Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR conducts groundbreaking research and develops academic talent in the science and technology fields to increase competitiveness in research and development, build a more capable workforce and fuel economic growth in the Ocean State. Funded by the National Science Foundation and state contributions, RI EPSCoR brings together nine of the state’s public and private institutions of higher education in pursuit of a strong and sustainable marine ecosystem that serves as a foundation for Rhode Island’s economy and quality of life. Its partner institutions are University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Bryant University, Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement #EPS-1004057.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are thosensf-plain-blue
of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.




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