About Celldance 2018

Questions or have an idea for a film? Email us at celldance@ascb.org.

Hailed by Francis Collins in his “NIH Director’s Blog” as “microscopic blockbusters” and “bio-action” thrillers, Celldance is a high-profile video program that allows scientists to hone their science communication skills and present the excitement–and impact–of their research. The ASCB is looking for member labs to submit proposals for entry into Celldance for 2018.

Three ASCB member labs will be chosen from the short proposals to produce short (2-4 minute) “Tell Your Own Cell Story” videos. If your proposal is accepted, ASCB will make your lab an unrestricted $1,000 grant toward production costs. Your Celldance video will premiere on the web and live at the 2018 ASCB/EMBO Meeting in San Diego.

Is your lab interested in submitting a proposal for Celldance 2018? All you have to do is send us a one or two page story outline (in a narrative, storyboard or script format) plus a short video sample of your most beautiful/most exciting cell imaging. These samples do not have to be the video sequences that you will use in your actual Celldance video.

Deadlines and Important Dates

Deadline for Celldance video proposals: June 15

Announcement of three selected ASCB member labs: July 3

Rough-Storyboard is Due: Aug 10

Rough-cut video due: October 3

Final edited versions due: November 23

Celldance videos released to news media: December 4

Premiere at Celldance Awards at the ASCB 2018 Annual Meeting:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Career Center Theater 3

Final videos will be released publicly online following the award ceremony.

Celldance FAQs

Celldance is a program supported by the Public Information Committee (PIC) at the ASCB to promote public engagement and education in cell biology, as well to help develop the skills of video-based science communication/storytelling for cell biologists. We solicit proposals three ASCB member labs that will receive $1000 to aid in the development of a rough video draft. This rough draft is then sent to our production team to polish it up for its premiere at the ASCB annual meeting.
  • A Celldance proposal should be simple, a one or two page story outline plus a short video sample of your most beautiful/most exciting cell imaging. (These samples do not have to be the video sequences that you will use in your actual Celldance video.) Use video imaging to reveal the wonders, dangers, and beauties in your field of research.
  • Make it personal. Put yourself and your lab mates on camera. The world needs to see what cell biologists look like.
  • Use your imagination. Use whatever story telling device you need—animation, white boards, voice-overs, interviews, poetry, song, or dancing. Tell a story. Don’t give a PowerPoint talk.
  • Make it relevant to students and science enthusiasts. Highlight the impact of your research on health, the environment, or human lives. Imagine that you’re explaining what you do to your parents, a member of Congress or a layperson who just wants to know why researchers study fruit flies or single molecules.

Proposal text should be sent to celldance@ascb.org. If your video is less than 10MB then you can email it, otherwise please send a shared link for download (google drive, drops etc.) or a link for viewing (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).

Proposals are due June 15 and the selected labs will be notified on July 3.
If selected, you will immediately receive a $1,000 grant from ASCB toward your production costs. (We prefer to make this grant as a non-taxable donation to your lab through a university or similar non-profit institution. We will explain.) You can spend this $1,000 on anything to do with your video—materials, equipment, professional help, lab staff time, or late-night pizza. Many universities and institutes have professional video production facilities in their public communications offices.

We will assign a PIC member to be your producer, acting as go-between with ASCB and with our professional post-production videographer and music providers. ASCB will provide at our cost all postproduction services including final editing, music, credit slates, and promotion.

There are three deadlines involved in the Celldance process. The first is a storyboard, which will be reviewed in August by an ASCB staff member, who will make recommendations to improve flow and narrative. Rough-cut video is due in early October–this is the mostly final video, minus our videographer’s work on transitions, adding music and captions, and the addition of credit slates. The final videos are due in late November in order to prepare them for their premiere at the ASCB|EMBO meeting.

You can spend this $1,000 on anything to do with your video—materials, equipment, professional help, lab staff time, or late-night pizza. Many universities and institutes have professional video production facilities in their public communications offices.
We will assign a PIC member to be your producer, acting as go-between with ASCB and with our professional post-production videographer and music providers. ASCB will provide at our cost all postproduction services including final editing, music, credit slates, and promotion. We will also have an ASCB staff member review each storyboard in August to ensure the video’s narrative is well-developed and concise before production begins.
Absolutely! Organizations are welcome to support Celldance in return for unique promotional opportunities. Support is $2,500 per video – more details can be found here.
ASCB will make all three finished films available for free public streaming or downloading through a Attribution-Non Commercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License for non-profit, news media, and educational use. All other rights will remain with the filmmakers. You must have the rights to use or permission to reuse all video or other imaging in your video. If materials are previously published, you must help ASCB obtain reprint permission. To submit a proposal, you must be an ASCB member.
For Questions or to Submit a Proposal Email Us.