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    This paper builds on the skills and techniques learned in SCOM 413, 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking
    Subject Science Communication
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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
    • 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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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