Celldance 2016: Great Imaging, Great Science, and a Great Platform for a “Tell Your Own Cell Story” Video
Hailed by Francis Collins in his “NIH Director’s Blog” as “microscopic blockbusters” and “bio-action” thrillers, Celldance videos are a high profile opportunity for ASCB members to hone their science communication skills and present the excitement-and impact-of their research. This year we’re looking for a new generation of video storytellers to tell us “What do your cells do?”
Celldance Studios asks you, ASCB members, to nominate fellow ASCB members labs or to submit your own proposals for entry into Celldance. We will directly solicit proposals from your nominations. Three ASCB member labs will be chosen from the short proposals (see below for description to produce short (2-5 minute) “Tell Your Own Cell Story” videos, featuring live cell imaging and aimed at the widest possible audience—the news media, the web, biology educators, and the curious world.If your proposal is accepted, ASCB will make your lab an unrestricted $1,000 grant toward production costs. In addition, Celldance Studios will take your rough-cut video through postproduction, providing, at our expense, final professional editing, a musical score, credits, titles, and promotion. Your Celldance video will premiere on the web and live at the ASCB 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco this December.
- 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.) Tell us about your cell imaging. Tell us what we’re looking at, tell us what you, the scientist, see here. Tell us why these images are important to health or to science or to yourself.
- Make it personal. Put yourself and your lab mates on camera. The world needs to see what cell biologists look like. Bring outsiders into your lab world and your experiments.
- Use video imaging to reveal the wonders, dangers, and beauties in your field of research.
- 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 non-scientists. 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.
- Your Celldance Studios producer will help with advice and support. Our postproduction services will polish up your video, give it a (legal) music track, and launch it on the world.