This week, I (Cemre) will talk about the three-day film school some of the TwoRains team members (Alessandro Ceccarelli, Joanna Walker and myself) attended on May 27-29. Joanna and I had previously attended an introduction course, and we decided to go ahead and take some footage that we could use as part of our film. As you can see in the photo below, Joanna is filming Jennifer Bates with her beloved phytoliths.


Dr Pamela Jane Smith’s workshop offers great opportunities for people interested in making short films as part of their projects at the University of Cambridge, and it also involved James and Lucy, who are professionals in the sound and film industry. During the three-days, we studied several useful film making techniques and tricks such as: making simple animations (which I use in my video), audio recording and fixing audio files, and shooting basic video footage (photo below shows Joanna taking close up footage of phytolith filled containers). The workshop was condensed and intense, but really great, and we managed to learn a lot while having fun as you can see in the photos below.


I personally really enjoyed making animations and would like to attend a short animation-making course in the future. Animations are a great way of disseminating information and portraying scientific processes in an easily digestible and fun way for everyone. I realised audio recording is one of the most challenging parts of film making as there are so many background noises that you cannot easily remove. However, technological advances in computer programing make it more straightforward for amateurs like me to be able to edit audio and video footage than in the past.


We each produced a video which will be aired on this blog in the following weeks. The TwoRains team would like to bring video blogs while we are doing field work in India. Once we are in India we will be able to film how our work going and will keep on informing you on our adventures.

We would like to know what kind of things people are interested in our footage as what we film and we found interesting may not be interesting for you. So, we would like to engage with our blog readers in order to provide a fun and informative blog post.