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User: sciencesquad (posted by glass_half_full)
Date: 2006-10-31 11:12
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My brain has been overflowing with thoughts re: this lovely project. I'm going to go back and comment later on some of the other entries, but here's some of what I've been thinking (before I forget).

I think the ideal, to start, would be the 10-minute limited you-tube segments. That way we can put all the good stuff in and not get too wrapped up in OMG we have a lot of time to fill.

Re: subject matter. I think it'd be great to get our hands on an elementary school-level physical science book. If we do short segments on a few things in each sorta-science book, we could (if we produce the videos well enough) actually put together DVDs to go out to schools to use as educational aids. I know my teachers used to love that. (Hey Erin, you worked on this stuff over the summer, WHERE ARE YOU?!?!?!?!?)

I like the idea of atoms, or maybe doing one on electricity and one on magnetism. I like atoms, but it'd be tough to do an actual experiment or project with them. Maybe we should focus on what we're good at first, and then let the tougher, maybe even more interesting stuff come later. But if we do two 10-minute segments that go hand-in hand, I think that would be awesome.

The implications of this project could be huge if we approach this the right way. Even if we use this and then serve up the idea to pbs, discovery, science, etc, and say "do with this what you will" but please, take our idea seriously and tweak it for your needs. Something like this NEEDS to be on tv. Maybe if we try to network, maybe we could get some big-name backers, or we could send our idea to some big-names to see if maybe they could get behind us. Anyone know Neil DeGrasse Tyson (or however you spell it?) Ryan? :)

I'm going to look into getting a couple more techincal and more-writer type people behind the project and see if they'd be willing to put some time in.

My goal, I think, is to have two 10-minute segments ready to film over Christmas. I'd like to do a brainstorming over Thanksgiving, but I'll only be in Michigan on Saturday/Sunday, so that might be tough.

Also, we need to start thinking names, music, segments, etc.

And breathe. Back to studying.
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User: mikhail_tal
Date: 2006-10-31 17:08 (UTC)
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I think all this sounds fun, and doable. I have a webcam, the camera on my computer, and my digital camera (Which can do video clips, but those are really crummy and limited to < 3 mins).

I'd be willing to help out on filming stuff (unless there are better cameras out there?). I do have experience filming dumb movies (any of my flammable oranges, or the laser propulsion experiment come to mind).

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User: glass_half_full
Date: 2006-10-31 17:58 (UTC)
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Any UM student can check out a camera from Film Studies. It's a great deal.
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User: nova1021
Date: 2006-10-31 22:51 (UTC)
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I'll be glad to pitch in on some writerly duties, though a fully right-brained person wouldn't hurt.

I don't know Neil Tyson, but I talked with some folks at NSF about things like this over the summer (actually more about how they select IMAX shows and NOVA and other larger scale things) but if we get something we think is good, I can try at least asking them to see if they have any insight. I wish I had taken more notes while I was there instead of hoping it would just sink in... And I could potentially contact the guy who gave us that talk that I summarized earlier. He may not be able to help directly but he's the sort that knows tons of people and it really into communicating to the public.
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