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EVS04: The S-Factor 2 - Ocean Sciences Film Festival

Sunday February 19, 14:00 – 17:00, Ballroom I

Organizers: Jonathan Sharp, University of Delaware, jsharp@udel.edu

Interest in public outreach is growing within the marine sciences community. However, most of us need to learn more about how to use popular media, like video, and to make our messages interesting and compelling to a non-technical public. 

Building upon previous efforts at the 2010 Portland Ocean Sciences Meeting, the 2011 Puerto Rico ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, and the 2011 San Francisco AGU Fall Meeting, there will be another Film Festival at the Salt Lake City 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting.  Marine Biologist turned Hollywood filmmaker, Randy Olson will again be the primary communications expert.  Similar to the second event, there will be a website blog for posting the videos and for an interactive discussion of them before the meeting.  Following the innovation from the AGU meeting, we will call this the S-Factor 2 (S = Science, like the TV talent show X-Factor).  Randy will bring Brian Palermo (acting instructor, story-line expert, actor – most recently in The Social Network) and Dorrie Barton (movie script consultant and actress – many movie and TV appearances) who will join him as a panel for the evaluations of the videos.  This brings an exciting element to the workshop and gives multiple eyes from experts who act in, write, and produce TV and movies with broad public audience appeal.  In addition, it is probable that panel members can be available after the meeting as consultants for specific video projects to anyone interested. 

Please consider submitting a video.  Like in the past, the rules are: the video should not exceed 5 minutes, be submitted in You Tube format, and be aimed at a level that is understandable and interesting to the general public.  If you want to submit, send to jsharp@udel.edu.  See you in Salt Lake City when Hollywood comes to Ocean Sciences.

For more information visit: http://www.aquaticsci.net/?cat=108

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