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SCOM412 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 2

This paper builds on the skills and techniques learned in SCOM 411, with an emphasis on Science and Natural History filmmaking from concept through postproduction. The paper culminates the production of a professionally executed 10-minute film which explores a science and/or natural history subject of the student's choice.

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) $1,409.28
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

Dr Gianna Savoie
Steve Ting

Paper Structure

This paper is structured as a mix of lecture, field and classroom/edit lab work. Lectures will usually take place on Wednesdays and hands-on fieldwork and/or edit time will take place on Thursdays.


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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, students will have gained proficiency in:

  • Operation and use of a professional 4k video camera
  • Filming in challenging environments
  • Specialty camera and advanced editing techniques
  • Creating an efficient and professional post-production workflow
  • Colour grading of images
  • After Effects basics
  • Compositing and the use of Green Screen
  • Sound design and audio mixing
  • The application of story structure theory to the world of nature and science

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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