Get Science Media SAVVY with our video workshops

The Science Media Centre offers workshops in Auckland and Wellington 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 NZ Herald.

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 ran a free online webinar in 2017 to 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:

Our next workshop is on June 26, 2019 at Massey’s Albany campus, from 9am-1pm. 

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.


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 leader

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.