Continuing with the DotSci sci-comm exploration journey on today’s week 4 update. Actually, after making the first-ever video, we realized the need to familiarize with new stuff to connect with this world. So the hurry to make anything took a sabbatical and concentrated on learning what is what first. That turned into months and after researching, extracting information, knowledge wherever we could, here we are, to rant away our latest journey again.
In the last update of Dotsci, we just got introduced to Adobe spark and other few platforms for video making and the world of storytelling through the first video. Then the real issue started. Like how do we select the next topic, how we would simplify it, how do we fit everything we write as content into about 4 minutes video clip and how do we get anyone see, care about it etc. etc. So the string of discoveries began.
Here is the notes I made along the way.
The line of the work order is simple: First – Scientific research happens. Second – Research articles get published which validates, authorizes the research. Third – Popular science storytelling (of any kind of communication) spreads that research to common public by making it easier to understand.
If a video/written content is to be made from the research paper directly, break down the paper into a story then represent it in a video.But if a popular science article is already published, trying other formats of storytelling can be beneficial but not the written form as a first resort, because it already exists.
Vector animation clips are a good way to explain processes when live examples are hard to procure. Developing a stock of footage clips is a good idea, free or paid clips are available. We can also use relevant film clips with due credits.
To turn a research paper into a script/a story, rely on the center essence of the paper only. Essence/abstract would be like a flag point to not overdo or under perform. The next step is to fill the story in between.
So next in the process – how a paper can be turned into a story, dissection and comparison of a popular science article and its research paper, similarities and differences study. Next, observing a popular science video for understanding the writing differences between text article and video story.
Popular science stories may not state copyrights always but they also have copyrights and also some ethical contexts. A video can’t be made of an already written story article exactly, even though the credit is given, it’s unfair at some level.
So even if an article is all you got, know that it’s written based on a research paper somewhere. Dig for that and use this article for limits in your storytelling and fill in.
First, it’s all about coming up with a story. Then all kinds of social media formats and strategies.
Never lose sight of roots and why. Even though the topic seems like history and not necessarily in the trend. Priority is to make an own version of everything.
We took a highly rated popular science video for observation.Compared the difference between popular writing through video and scientific writing in its source paper.
Observed that Popular writing for a video script is relatively easy, they break each sentence into two slides.Found that the content of the video slides is usually and majorly taken from the abstracts of the paper. So it’s imperative to give the paper a general read before proceeding to write something out of it.Sometimes the content of the video is written based on various science articles. So it’s important to have updated with the latest news and impart them into stories. Newsletters are a great source for that kind of gist.
To explain a biological process on the screen with a graphical diagram, learned there are 5 types of animations. Whiteboard animation or 2D animation is the basic one. You can make vector-based characters or flow charts too in this animation basically where the white surface is the background. It’s not 3D. It’s a completely different yet interesting subject to animate the things on the screen in the way you want.
Got introduced to the concept of illustration. After going through free stocks of clips, animation types that need resources, here comes the concept of illustration. The illustration seems very exciting. It’s like drawing on screen on own. While Adobe is at the top, as usual, there’s another one, Bio render is exclusively to make bio diagrams.
On overall, these findings made us realize that any medium is a message and the word ‘why’ plays a major role in keeping the journey, however that goes, mindful. The ultimate purpose of this sharing is to seek like-minded people in the world and build a community about something we all care about. So the question always remains the same – Do we want to build a community for Dotsci in the world?!