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Making an award-winning video

Tips on making an award-winning video from winner of last year's video competition, 180 Seconds of Science, Dr Helen Taylor.

Dr Helen Taylor was the winner of last year’s video competition, 180 Seconds of Science, co-hosted by the Royal Society Te Apārangi's ECR Forum and the Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum.

Helen is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago, and her research focuses on the effects of drastic reductions in population size on the genetics and extinction risk of threatened species. You can see her winning video: Studs or duds? Bird sperm and conservation

Helen’s video was so successful that we invited her to share some of her secrets for making a great video and promoting it on social media. Her top six tips are:

  1. Get some expert help.
  2. Use a microphone.
  3. Write a script/storyboard.
  4. Mix it up.
  5.  Avoid jargon.
  6. Hit the campaign trail - Hard.

You can find out more about each of Helen’s insights in the FAQ section of the competition website!

Important dates:

  • The competition is now open for entry submissions.
  • The cut-off date for entry is midnight on 8 September 2017 (New Zealand Standard Time).
  • The voting period is from 9 September 2017 to midnight on 15 September 2017.
  • All winners will be announced on 18 September 2017.

For competition rules, and to upload your video, visit Thinkable.org  

Generously sponsored by the following organisations:


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