Long before a film hits the big screen, Netflix, or YouTube, it begins as a nebulous idea, to be formed, challenged, and morphed into a multimedia experience. Films about science carry an extra challenge — telling stories about complicated topics and elements invisible to the human eye. How do you turn microbes into movie stars? Laboratories into sound stages? And experiments into the plotlines of thrillers?
Over the past few years, the Science Communication Lab has tackled these questions by becoming a leading innovator in science filmmaking. In addition to its award-winning documentaries on CRISPR (Human Nature) and women in STEM (Picture A Scientist), the SCL has produced a suite of short films and video courses for the classroom and the public. Members of the SCL embrace the notion that they work in a “lab,” constantly testing their assumptions about what a science film can and should be. Come hear the stories behind the filmmaking and engage in a lively discussion around the power (and pitfalls) of bringing the stories of science to film.