About Celldance 2018
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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.
- 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 email@example.com. 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.).
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.