02 Aug 2018 - 05 Aug 2018

Biology platform of the Swiss Academy of Sciences
Locarno TI

Storytelling and Storyboarding Science at Locarno Festival

Good scientists do good science, but great scientists are also great storytellers!


The desire of scientists to communicate elegantly with the general audience using storytelling, and the tireless search of filmmakers for good stories to tell, demand tight collaboration between scientists and filmmakers. However, filmmaking technical skills lie outside of the training of the academic scientists. Hence, the successful collaboration between scientists and filmmakers requires that scientists acquire the basic knowledge of film storytelling and storyboarding. This will allow scientists to translate their research into elegant and convincing cinematographic stories, thus enhancing the communication between them and filmmakers, and making it easier for the filmmaker to transform these stories into films.

Another direct and essential application of the “Storytelling & Storyboarding Science” will be reflected in the way that scientists illustrate and explain their research. Scientists can engage audience and increase uptake by incorporating narrative attributes into their teaching, divulgation and publication. Good scientists do good science, but great scientists are also great storytellers!

  • Learn basic skills about conceptual and technical filmmaking. This includes storytelling technique, film genre, script-writing, storyboarding and theory of film editing.
  • Attend Locarno Festival to watch films and analyze them in regard to conceptual and technical filmmaking.
  • Discuss with professional filmmakers. The Locarno Festival represents an ideal networking platform for scientists and filmmakers, which could result in future common projects.

PhD students in life sciences enrolled at a Swiss Higher Education Institution are most strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from Postdocs and research assistants are also considered.

The organisers will select the 15 most outstanding applicants to participate in this workshop.

Contact your doctoral school for the accreditation of this workshop.

Registration is open until 30 April 2018
Please register online and send a CV and motivation letter (maximum 1 page each) to biologie@scnat.ch
Registration fee CHF 150.- covers course material and equipment, accommodation (meals only breakfast) and entrances to all films at the Locarno Festival.

Trainers: Dr. Samer Angelone (Science Film School) and renowned filmmakers from Locarno Festival.




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