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Since I can see there are a few companies represented here...

What has been your experience working with scientists or researchers when creating videos? Has it been easy to find the message in all the data and information?

Who have you worked for - where have you worked - what kind of videos have you made?

What are some of the best experiences you have had and what have been the not so great?

For me it has to be on the back of a small science education boat filming in the heat of the summer, on rolling four foot waves with the diesel belching out the back - when the wind blew the wrong way I tried to not breathe in...


Hi Peter. Good topic thread for introductions. My name is Chris Condayan and I work for the American Society for Microbiology. My specialty is in new media, whether audio or video productions. I currently produce, film, and edit the MicrobeWorld Video show/podcast. I have also done some video work for the City of Hyattsville, MD and some volunteer work for the Kristen Brooks Hope Center (1-800-SUICIDE).

The style I choose to produce is Cinema Verite, a style of film making that combines naturalistic techniques with stylized editing and camera work. Since I essentially let the scientists, researchers and subjects speak for themselves, they feel very comfortable because no one is narrating an interpretation of their work. Granted, this style takes a lot of intense editing, but I think the results are great.

By the way I use a Cannon GL2, several Sennheiser mics, and Final Cut Pro to edit.

Nice to meet you.

This message was edited Feb 5, 2008 by MicrobeWorld.

Nice to meet you too.

I myself tend to lean on my own self training from a combination of places. Work in the PBS world, NPR world (the experience with sound and sound editing helps me), the needs to get done now world of commercial news and clients who just want the data and results to show without a lot of extras in the editing. And also a sense of humor and not trying to take myself seriously.

I have been editing and filming since about 1980 - using everything from huge Betacams to camcorders of all types to scientific cameras on lab equipment to my current camera, astrophotography and videography (and sometimes making them do things were not meant to do), and going back to cutting audio tape. This has led to better editing of digital audio for me (being able to edit in/out individual words and plurals).

I experiment with all kinds of things that can make the video more interesting without the viewer noticing how it was done. I am a born techie whose second homes as a child were Radio Shack, the AV room and the computer rooms at high school and college (pre-PC and the entire PC revolution).

I am looking to add a HD camera this year - my PD170 has served me well. I am a Mac guy myself - Mac Pro workstation with 3 terabytes of drive space (I am amazed I used to have a computer a long time ago in 1985 that had a 10 meg hard drive).

I shoot everything I can - science, sports, news, history projects, for profit - non-profit, on land & on the water. And on the side (since it is big and profitable here on Cape Cod in the summer - weddings).

This message was edited Feb 22, 2008 by petercook.