Lights, Camera, Zoom! Remote production and self-filmed training videos for the Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 Toolkit Part B
Over the past several months we have been producing the next set of facilitation and content training videos that will accompany the hands-on activities in the new the Explore Science: Earth & Space 2020 toolkit Part B through an exhausting process of remote filming. Given the current travel restrictions and physical distancing requirements our team was forced to reimagine how we’ve traditionally filmed these training videos.
Our production team put together a plan and began purchasing equipment that we could ship to our educators and scientists. Suddenly, they were no longer just in front of the camera; they were now a one-person production crew in charge of lighting, sound, set design, teleprompters and cinematography! With assistance from our production crew we helped to transform their living rooms and offices into professional home studios and then remotely directed the filming for these videos via Zoom.
This year’s toolkit will also include the Moon Adventure Game, an interactive escape room inspired game with a series of challenges about living and doing research on the Moon. For this activity we filmed a one-time setup video, a facilitation video, two content videos and a short promotional teaser. To show every aspect of the game we needed to film participants actually playing the game. In order to do this given the current safety protocols we hired a family, limited our production crew to two and filmed in a closed gallery at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Our staff, crew and members of the family all wore masks and properly distanced themselves during the filming.
After many retakes and a lot of remote assistance from our entire team we managed to successfully film all 12 training videos for this year’s toolkit! We are currently editing the footage and will be posting the completed training videos later this month.
Earth & Space toolkit training videos will be uploaded here in November 2020.
Moon Adventure Game training videos will be uploaded here in November 2020.
This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award numbers NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
This material is based upon work supported by NASA under grant number 80NSSC18K1219. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).