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Ocean Media Programs

Ocean Media Crabs Labs

Whether you're interested in exploring underwater cinematography, crafting an environmental film, sharpening your skills as a science communicator, or learning how to build a targeted transmedia campaign, our Ocean Media Labs will equip you with tools you need to engage more effectively with the public, gain trust, and whip the science into a great story.

From half-day sessions to week-long retreats, no two workshops are the same and we will build our curriculum around your institution's needs.

Science-to-Story Seminars

How do you spin a scientific idea into a compelling story? No matter how important your message may be, when it comes to reaching a general audience in an impactful way, the facts alone won't cut it. But good science can make for great narratives that do more than just inform -- they can inspire.

These seminars, led by award-winning filmmakers, writers, and science communicators, will equip you with the tools you need to sharpen your storytelling skills in order to imbue your subjects with action, emotion, and life.

The Art of Science Filmmaking

From barebones to advanced production techniques, we will draw from our own production experience to give you the tools and knowledge you need to tell your story.

From composition and lighting to slow motion and time lapse, we will cover how to captivate and entertain your audience. Every production comes with its own challenges and participants will learn how to navigate these, adapting their gear and technique to the situation at hand.

Crafting the Story

Whether you're a scientist, filmmaker, or journalist, we can help you develop the strategies necessary for spinning the science into a compelling and whip-smart story.

Environmental storytelling involves a range of creative choices about narrative, structure, point of view, style, and more.  Engaging in a variety of exercises designed to flex the creative muscle, we will explore the story devices that work to draw audiences into an experience and take them on an unforgettable journey. Participants will learn how to develop strong interview techniques, define a story arc, shape scenes, and create dramatic tension.

By the end of the workshop, participants will walk away not only as better writers, but with sound proficiency in the art of telling creative and potent scientific stories.

In the Hot Seat

No matter which side of the camera you find yourself on, interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience. This workshop is designed to ease the exchange between scientist and media producer by teaching the "rules of engagement." Through practical exercises and role-play, we'll share strategic tips and techniques for establishing trust between interviewer and interviewee. From exploring how to best frame questions that elicit dynamic and informative responses, to delivering compelling answers that are simple, yet not "dumbed down," to avoiding misquotes and being taken out of context, to what camera angle, eye-line, and lighting can convey to an audience, you will learn all you need to know about getting and giving the best interviews so that you can communicate the story of the science with confidence.

The Edit

The edit is far less about finishing a film than it is about bringing your story to life! In this workshop, an ideal combination of instructor-led demonstration and hands-on practice, we'll explore the fundamental concepts of pacing, scene structure, and story arc. You'll learn the nuts and bolts of capturing and logging footage, pulling selects and creating a timeline, to layering sound, music, titles, and graphics. Whether you are working on a 2-minute profile or 2-hour feature doc, we will teach you how to develop your story from rough assembly to picture lock. By the end of the class, you'll find your working knowledge of editing transformed into a deeper understanding of narrative and craft and walk away armed with the confidence and skills to make your story sing.

Oceans Everywhere Initiative

The ocean directly impacts every one of us, whether we live along a coastline or deep in the heartland. OMI brings ocean culture to inland communities through outreach programs created in partnership with aquariums, museums, and film festivals across the globe. Together, we provide ocean-related media and educational resources to our volunteer "Ocean Ambassadors” who help us share the importance of ocean science and reinforce our connection to the sea, no matter where we live, via presentations in schools and community centers in their own communities. If you are interested in being an Ocean Ambassador or providing ocean-related resources, let us know!

Ocean Media Immersion

We partner with scientific institutions and organizations around the globe to send emerging filmmakers, photo-journalists, and artists on expeditions with marine scientists and explorers to produce strong, innovative visual narratives about the cutting edge research that’s being done in the field. From our planet’s deepest ocean trenches, to its highest seamounts, to the ever-expanding continents of plastics beneath the surface, our Ocean Media Explorers have the unique opportunity to "go deep” with the world’s leading science teams to capture the incredible stories of their critical work. We then bring these stories to the public via OMI's own site as well as sharing the media created with our partnering institutions.

If you are interested in participating as an Ocean Media Explorer or if you are part of a team in need of someone to visually document your research, please get in touch!!

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