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SCOM412 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 2

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This paper builds on the skills and techniques learned in SCOM 411 Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking Part 1, with an emphasis on storycraft from concept through post-production. The paper culminates in the production of a professionally executed 10-minute film which explores a science and/or natural history subject of the student's choice. By the end of the semester, students will find themselves well-positioned for a successful career in the industry.

Paper title The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 2
Paper code SCOM412
Subject Science Communication
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,371.61
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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SCOM 411
Limited to
PGCertSciComm, PGDipSciComm, MSciComm, MAppSc
May be taken only by students enrolled for Science and Natural History Filmmaking endorsement.

Teaching staff

Jeff Avery
Dr Gianna Savoie
Steve Ting

Paper Structure
Most sessions will begin with a seminar relating to editing theory followed by a practical session.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Hardware requirements: Students are required to provide 2x external drives to digitally store their creative projects during the semester

  1. 1TB SSD (USB-C)
  2. 1TB HD (USB 3.1)

If you have any enquires about purchasing the appropriate drives, please email

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Environmental literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will develop knowledge and skills in

  • Editing
  • Colour grading
  • Sound
  • DVD authoring
  • Key framing
  • Basic animation

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 09:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41