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Get Science Media SAVVY with our video workshops and webinar

Peter Griffin posted in on February 16th, 2017.

The Science Media Centre will in March offer workshops in Auckland and Wellington and an open-access webinar on making short videos to communicate research.

These Science Media SAVVY workshops focus on giving scientists the tools and skills to communicate their research in 90 second videos aimed at an online audience and leveraging platforms like Youtube and Vimeo and news websites like Stuff and Herald Online.

Great short videos can be produced using the high-definition camera built into your smartphone or tablet. How can you harness this technology to bring your science to life and what are the best ways to shoot, edit and distribute your video content?

Story telling and video production

Video production expert Baz Caitcheon knows exactly how to get the best out of smartphones and video editing apps and has trained Fairfax Media journalists in smartphone-based video production.

He will answer all of your questions, give you some hands-on demos and introduce you to great tools that will help you in the video production process.

You will gain experience shooting footage and developing a video concept.

PLUS: In the weeks following the workshop, Baz will mentor you to help you on the path to producing your first science video.

We will also run a free online webinar on March 15 to (watch it here) introduce people to the concept of science videos and hear from TVNZ and Fairfax Media about what works best in this medium.

Download this science video – storyboard template to help you plan your science video.

Workshop details

The Auckland and Wellington workshops are free to attend, but limited to 15 places – university and CRI researchers get top priority.

This is a competitive application process – the best applicants will be selected based on the video concepts outlined in the application form.


WHERE: Auckland, University of Auckland (Wednesday March 29, 9am – 1pm), Wellington, Royal Society of New Zealand (Friday March 31, 9am – 1pm)
PRICE: Free – by invitation only – apply below (applications close March 17)

The workshops will cover:
– Developing short video concepts
– Finding images and footage to make your video
– DIY video – harnessing your smartphone to make great videos
– Software and tools you can use to get the best out of video

Feedback on Science Media SAVVY video workshops from previous attendees:

“The workshop was an excellent introduction to creative ways to convey science to the general public. I learnt so much its hard to quantify but mostly I would just like to say that it made things possible.”Christchurch SAVVY participant

“This has given me an excellent insight into the power of this media and the confidence to give it a go.”Palmerston North SAVVY participant

Workshop leaders

Baz Caitcheon, Bazzacam

Baz leads Bazzacam as a director/producer of video content for an established stable of clients and since 2012 he has been training an expanding list of clients in shooting, editing and publishing their own video, on and from their iPhones, ipads and related smart devices. A former teacher, he was previously a director/producer with TVNZ and a project manager of TVNZ’s new media start-ups.



Peter Griffin, Science Media Centre

Peter is the founding director of the Science Media Centre and has media trained dozens of scientists through the Science Media SAVVY programme. A former New Zealand Herald journalist, he has a degree in screenwriting and a passion for visual-based story-telling.



Science Video Webinar –  Getting The Most Out Of Science Video

Ahead of the workshops, we will run a free online webinar on March 15, 2 – 3pm,  Getting The Most Out Of Science Video, to explore the potential of science videos as a way of communicating research.

Media outlets are hungry for science-related content and keen to run videos produced by research institutions. But they need to fit the bill if they are to connect with the wide audience a news website delivers.

RSVP for webinar

The webinar will cover:

– Trends in online video – what goes viral

– How can you best work with media outlets to promote your videos

– Working with the media’s own videographers – tips for collaboration

– Gathering footage now for use when you publish your research

– The DIY approach – how to make the most of your own video making efforts

Webinar participants:

Asher Finlayson, head of video at Fairfax Digital.

Will Hine, science reporter at TVNZ.

Dr Heidy Kikillus, former Victoria University researcher and science video maker.

The webinar is free to attend and aimed at established and emerging researchers as well as communications managers and managers in institutions interesting in hearing about the potential of videos to communicate science and research.

A link to view the webinar will be sent to all those who RSVP. There will be time for Q&A during the webinar.

RSVP for webinar

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