Filmmaking for Scientists

Course Information

  • Monday, October 21, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    September 21, 2019
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 14 participants).
    Dr. Samer Angelone
    1 ECTS
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to prepare their own films, including script & storyboard, camera & lighting and editing.


    A major challenge for us as scientists is to communicate complex concepts and detailed content in ways that are appropriate for a wide audience. Films are powerful tools of scientific communication and can be used in a number of different contexts. And hence scientists can benefit from the inspirational, educational, and motivational power of films to communicate their knowledge and expertise.

    The technical skills for filming and editing, as well as developing a strong narrative, lie outside our training as academic scientists. In this workshop, participants 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. This practice-focused workshop will include filming short documentary films in small groups.


    I. Theory and practice
    •Camera and lighting (using different Canon cameras).
    •Screenwriting and storyboard (using examples from fiction and documentary films).
    •Film editing (using Premiere Pro CC program).
    II. Projects
    •Filming short documentary films, in small groups (3-4 participants).
    The topics of the short documentary films will be decided by the participants (following their interests) under the supervision of the trainer

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Samer Angelone
    I am interested in the use of audio-visual tools for the communication of science. I believe that we, scientists, should benefit from the inspirational, educational, and motivational power of film to communicate our knowledge and experience. I teach Filmmaking Workshops in numerous universities and research institutes in Switzerland.
    I hold a PhD in Biology (Population Genetics) and two masters in Film Direction and Film Science.
    To know more about my research and films, please see:



    • Hours of preparatory work: 1 (brainstorming to find good stories to be filmed as short films, where/when to film and how to film)
    • Hours spent in the workshop: 24 (3 days workshop)
    • Hours to be spent during workshop assignments: 5


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. For this workshop unexcused absence and cancellation of the workshop after the registration deadline leads to a penalty fee of CHF 30.00. (send an email to Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Advanced Studies der Universität Basel Steinengraben 22, 4001 Basel

    Raum 013A/B

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