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Video-Journalism for Scientists at Vision du Réel (Festival International de Cinéma Nyon)


4th, 6th and 15th April 2019

Lang EN Workshop language is English
Responsable de l'activité

Pilar Junier


Dr Samer Angelone, M.A. Film Studies




Dr Samer Angelone, M.A. Film Studies


A new form of science communication is emerging in form of Video-Journalism. Unfortunately, video-journalism lies outside the training of the science academies. In this workshop, we seek to challenge, inspire and train a new generation of scientists to find innovative, creative and journalistic ways of reporting science through film. Video-journalists, the jack-of-all-trades, have many tasks, including pitching, developing and researching stories, producing, shooting and editing videos.


The 3 day workshop takes place at Neuchâtel University and Vision du Réel (Festival International de Cinéma Nyon,



Workshop content


I. Theory and practice


· Science journalism


· Stories: pitching, developing and researching


· Production of low-budget films


· Screenwriting and storyboarding


· Camera, lighting and audio


· Film editing


II. Workshop projects (Video-reports)


· Participants (groups of 2-3) prepare video-reports (2-10 minutes long) about the topics that they wish (with science focus or related to science). One option could be making video-reports about the screened films at Vision de Réel (Festival International de Cinéma Nyon,, by analysing the screened films and interviewing the filmmakers.


· Before filming the video-reports, participants present and discuss their projects (story, script, storyboard and technical storyboard) in class


· After filming, participants edit their films together with the trainer


· The resulting video-reports are screened and discussed in class


Part I (1 full day; 4 April 2019 at Neuchâtel University): theory and practice


Part II (1 full day; 6 April 2019 at Nyon): visit the Visions du Réel (Festival International de Cinéma Nyon) Festival and film interviews with the filmmakers



Part III (1 full day; 15 April 2019 at Neuchâtel University): video-report editing and films presentation



Participants are encouraged to spend more time at Visions du Réel (Festival International de Cinéma Nyon), but the CUSO will cover only the costs of the assigned day (6 April).




Neuchâtel (4 + 15 April) & Nyon (6 April)


CUSO will cover the costs for the 3 days (travel, entrance fee, lunch and coffee at University of Neuchâtel). But if the students want to stay more than one day at the filmfestival they will have to cover these costs. CUSO also cannot cover the costs for the meals at the filmfestival.


Until 28.3.2019 on



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