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46576-01 - Seminar: Filmmaking for scientists 1 CP

Semester fall semester 2020
Course frequency Irregular
Lecturers Samer Angelone-Alasaad (
Sylvia Martinez (, Assessor)
Content “Ask a scientist about Hollywood, and you’ll probably get eye rolls. But ask someone in Hollywood about science, and they’ll see dollar signs: moviemakers know that science can be the source of great stories, with all the drama and action that blockbusters require”
– Randy Olson
We, scientists, have great stories, and we can learn to be ‘scientists-as-filmmakers’! In this course you will learn about camera, audio, lighting equipment, and how to use film editing software, together with how to write, design and carry out the basics of making a documentary.

Course Program:
21 October 2020: Screenwriting & storyboard and Camera & lighting
22 October 2020: Filming short doc films
23 October 2020: Film editing
Learning objectives -Learn the basics of filmmaking theory (Storytelling, Storyboarding, Script-writing)
-Learn the basics of filmmaking practice (work with camera, light, sound)
-Prepare their own films
-Learning the basics of film analysis
Comments Tools: Canon & Sony cameras, different lighting material, Premiere Pro 2020 editing software will be made available.
Wearing a hygienic mask during the course is compulsory.


Admission requirements Number of Participants: Participation is limited to 12 people.
No prior knowledge required.
Priority is given to PSC PhD students, if you have any questions about registering after the deadline please address to
Course application PSC PhD student please additionally register on the ETHZ platform (follow the link on the PSC website).
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval Weekday Time Room

No dates available. Please contact the lecturer.

Modules Doctorate Botany: Recommendations (PhD subject: Botany)
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment details In order to obtain the ECTS point, you are required to actively participate in the theory and practice during the course days, including filming a documentary.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration, dereg: cancel course registration
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale Pass / Fail
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty Faculty of Science,
Offered by Integrative Biologie