Final Update – Wild Dunedin on You Tube!
Episode one of Wild Dunedin aired on Local Dunedin TV last Thursday.
Channel 9 were going to put the episodes up on their website (www.ch9.co.nz) once they had broadcast them. They appear to be a bit slow in doing so. So I have uploaded episode one to You Tube for anyone to look at. Its in 4 bits (10 minute limits for You Tube.
Will try and get the other episodes up in the future..
The Year is over.
Its been an intense 9 months, but the first year of the innaugural Masters in Science communciation has come to a close. No more taught classes. Just the small matter of producing a film and academic thesis next year!
Our thesis projects will be done in pairs or individually, and more than likely each team will be producing a blog site and/or web site to promote their film along the way.
So this blog site will be brought to a close for now. I may revisit it, and put links up to all the classes new blogs once people get organised.
Thanks for all the good comments. Hopefully it will get us an A for this paper!
If you have any questions about the course over the next few weeks, feel free to e-mail us on either
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
P.S. If anyone needs short term accomodation in Dunedin over the Summer, before the course starts, we have a spare room in our house which we would be happy to rent out on a short term basis. Just drop me an e-mail.
Good luck to those applying for next years course. See some of you in February!
About the Blog
A students perspective and insight into the 2008 Masters Science Communication course at Otago University, New Zealand and the experiences it provides.
Authored by Nathan Smith and Pete Holmes, two students participating in the first ever intake of the new Masters course starting in 2008 this blog aims to inform anyone interested in the course as to what it is ‘really’ like. We are both on the Film making stream of the course, so the blog will be slightly biased towards that area.
On a weekly basis, one or both of us will try to find time between assignments and filming to let you know how things are going. We will take you into the classroom, on field trips, into editing suites and out and about in this beautiful part of New Zealand over the duration of the course.
Click on the blog history panel on the right to see our weekly blog.
About the MSci Comm course
The MSci Communication course is split into three streams : (note – clicking on each link will take you to the official science communication website)
Science and Natural History Filmmaking: Learn how to take factual film-making to new heights. Taught in association with NHNZ, the world’s second-largest producer of documentaries. ScreenMark accredited, the course is taught by award-winning filmmakers who are some of the best in the business. Student films produced on the course to date have won many awards, including the most prestigious the industry has to offer.
Creative Nonfiction Writing: Discover how to communicate science more effectively with the written word. Taught by award-winning writers. You’ve always wanted to write that book, huh? Well, in this course you have no excuses: you have to write it and you get mentored by a practicing professional as you do it.
Science Communication: For a general qualification that covers all aspects of science communication, select this option. Key elements include how best to communicate science using online digital media (hey, this is the future – be there or be nowhere) and the design of displays and exhibitions from small-scale through to large-scale (the latter is taught in association with the Otago Museum).
We are two of the first 25 excited and ambitious new students have now begun this incredible programme each with their own personal mission. Operated by Otago University in Dunedin, the course uses world renown experts in Natural History Film Making to guide and lecture the students through the course and on there way into the world of science and natural history film making.