November 18th, 2010
These days lots of people are thinking to themselves, “I wonder if a good video might help bring attention to our project?”
The video we did for Science Cheerleaders is about to pass 100,000 views on Youtube.
You wanna see a demonstration of what a good video can do for you? Take a look at what is erupting with the Science Cheerleader project.
A month ago I joined Darlene Cavalier and her Science Cheerleaders in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival. I hired an excellent young local videographer named Brandon Garcia (I found him off of Craigslist — one of 85 people who responded to my post — you can do the same thing). We filmed for a day, then edited for a week, ending up with a 3 minute video that is being blogged about all over the internet.
THIS is the power of video. THIS is why I wrote an appendix at the end of my book offering up a few basic tips on how to make a video that will stimulate people (rather than bore – btw, in case you missed our discussion of boredom on the NY Times blog of Andy Revkin click here). THIS is why I’m headed to Norway in January to run a videomaking workshop. THIS is why we are running another video workshop at the Ocean Sciences meeting in Puerto Rico. THIS is why I’m doing a videomaking workshop at U. Mass Lowell in April. THIS is why a number of public health and medical groups are working with me now on videomaking.
On and on.
And maybe you’re saying, “Oh, sure, how tough is it to make a popular video filled with sexy cheerleaders.” Well, you wanna know how easy it is to make a boring video with sexy cheerleaders? It’s a powerful medium. You can take it either way — you can bore or you can inspire. It’s your choice.
Goooooo Science Cheerleaders!