Science video workshops head to Christchurch and Dunedin

The Science Media Centre will next month take its popular science video making workshops to Christchurch and Dunedin, offering more researchers the chance to get science video savvy.  

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. Watch Baz’s intro to the workshops here, and our online webinar on getting the most out of science video here.

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!

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

Workshop details

The Christchurch and Dunedin 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: Christchurch, University of Canterbury (Wednesday November 22 9.30am – 1pm), Dunedin, University of Otago (Thursday November 23, 9am – 1pm)

PRICE: Free – by invitation only – apply below (applications close November 15)

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.



Dacia Herbulock, Science Media Centre

Dacia Herbulock helped launch the Science Media Centre and has shaped the direction of the SMC as a core member of its team since 2008. Prior to this she worked in radio, film, television and science writing in the US, China and New Zealand, most recently at Radio New Zealand, where she was science features producer and presenter. She designs and leads Science Media SAVVY, a national programme of training workshops and events that encourage more effective communication between researchers, media and the public.