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Science/Natural History filmaking course
I thought I'd pass this along in case anyone is interested. I read about it
in my Montana State University alumnist publication. Below is an extremely
shortened version of the article:
"MSU [Bozeman] offers nation's only science/natural history filmaking
course. ... 'The intent of this program is to produce a new generation of
documentary filmmakers that is trained in the areas of science, science
communication and filmmaking' said Ronald Tobias, the renown wildlife
filmmaker who founded the three-year program. He adds 'Scientists generally
don't like the media because the media just doesn't get it, and they are
right. Media look at scientists and say they don't get it, and they are
right. Neither side has communicated very well with the other. What we
hope to do is help close the gap.' ... Students entering the program must
have at least a bachelor's degree in science, engineering or technology. If
they come out of liberal arts or a filmmaking program, they must have a
declared minor in science or its equivalent. Approximately one-third of the
students already have an advanced degree."
I think this is a great idea and I'd love to see it extend into the realm of
paleontology. Just think - an actual paleontologist making a film about
something he's studied instead of trying to explain it to someone who has
their own agenda. Well, it's a nice dream anyway... :)
"I'm reaching up and reaching out. I'm reaching for the random or what ever
will bewilder me. And following our will and wind we may just go where no
one's been. We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's
been. Spiral out. Keep going...."
Maynard James Keenan of "Tool"
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