Understanding the 180 degree rule is vital in filmmaking! It might seem like common sense but when you are on set and placing your camera this rule is great to refer to. You will utilize this principal in pretty much all films and if you are going to break it realize you are doing this as a creative choice and be conscious of what breaking it is saying about the scene. No sloppy filmmaking, learn the 180!
The scene above warms my very being in the sincerest of ways, as Bill speaks on the influence Carl Sagan had on his life. I can’t begin to express what this film truly means for art, science, and the extension of Bill Nye and his upbringing, influences, and commitment of advocacy for science literacy. Just as the two films I’m involved with - astronaut film - fightforspacefilm are dedicated to the long term benefit and survival of our species, so is a documentary surrounding the life and times of Bill Nye and his recipe for PB&J (passion, beauty and joy) communicating the poetry of reality.
About the film:
Bill Nye embarks on a quest to change the world through science advocacy and education. With intimate and exclusive access, this is a behind-the-scenes portrait of “the Science Guy,” as he debates anti-science creationists and climate change deniers, while inspiring Millennials to participate in STEM. With wonder and whimsy, the film will follow Bill’s journey to change the world… with science.
In the above feature, Nye is star-gazing (literally, through solar observation during the day) and commenting on the magnificence and awe of the sun. I share this enthusiasm as solar observing is a hobby of mine (read: “That moment when…”), and hearing someone else talk about it is beautiful.
Also in the above clip, Bill describes being a student studying astronomy under Professor Carl Sagan while at Cornell University.
During the initial developments of “Bill Nye, The Science Guy”, Nye inquired to Carl his thoughts and advice for communicating science this way and to encourage the sharpening of their skepticism, critical thinking ability, and appreciation for the liberating ability of scientific literacy to truly see reality and stay curious.
“Kids resonate to pure science.”
By teaching the fundamental principles of science in a creative, nontraditional way, everything, everywhere, anytime, becomes a tool to communicate and understand reality and gain a bit more ground on how it all works.
I would be remiss if I didn’t share this with you all, speak on what it means to me, and extend my encouragement outward and invite you to support this film. Not just for yourself, your own interest and appreciation for Sir Nye; but with respect to the generations past, present, and future who haven’t been properly introduced to Nye and his role as a science communicator with respect to the shoulders of those with whom Bill’s PB&J (passion, beauty, and joy) for science is founded upon. And it goes without saying that Bill Nye’s success and appreciation for life - by his continual admission - is credited to Carl Sagan.
Nye has been recently voicing his advocacy for #WomenInScience and #WomenInSTEM, as delivered by this clip of the film speaking about his mother:
By tomorrow, the billnyefilm team are pushing to peak 5,000 backers, as this will represent a Kickstarter milestone in a campaign’s achievement, which is when a project is poised to complete its funding goal. See the plug below:
So this Friday, even if you contribute $1 (although $25 gets you exclusive BTS digital content, like Bill’s handwritten notes from the Ken Ham “debate”, historic photos, rare articles, text message tones, Bill Nye emojis, a “high five” S/O on Twitter, a private link to screen the film before its release, and a billnyefilm frisbee (below):
They just peaked 3,000 backers, so visit their Kickstarter page to be one of the backers who helps achieve 5,000+ followers and this wicked science literacy-advocating frisbee!
Oh, and want to watch Bill talk about his ultimate frisbee past time and how cool flying disks are? It’s right here:
Whether you contribute money or share the film with others, why not also share your love for science, education, and The Science Guy by paying it forward and with how you were personally #InspiredByNye across social media, tagging it with #BillBillBill. Watch the plug.
Give it up for these brilliant humans for launching such a vibrant and engaging campaign. This is one of the ways you can citizen science (another is endeavorist I should add. See their ‘Scientist Spotlight’ on Bill Nye).
Biggest cash prize: 10,000€ (approx $10,900 US) in the Lion Cereals ‘Hack our Ads’ Video Contest from Eyeka. Nestlé Lion Cereals is asking you to take a look at their latest ad, and then come up with a fresh ending all your own in a short 8-20 second video. What else could happen when the young guy lets out a Lion roar of satisfaction? Open worldwide, 18 and older. Due September 13th.
Best prize: An OZO VR Camera in the Nokia 'Look Around You’ VR Video Project on Tongal. Want to be on the cutting age of filmmaking? Nokia’s breakthrough virtual reality camera captures visuals and sound in 360, immersing viewers in the action like never before. Whether you have a great concept for a story utilizing this technology, or you’re a filmmaker chomping at the bit to shoot on the OZO, you are invited to participate. Open worldwide, 13 and older. Submit your Concepts by August 19th, then filmmakers will pitch for the chance to bring them to life between August 26th and September 4th. The best TWO Pitches will earn a $20,000 production budget and get to borrow the OZO to shoot it on. Final videos will be due October 22nd, and the top filmmaker will get to keep their VR camera!
Best trip: Trip to Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour in the Xfinity '1989 Lip Sync Sessions’ Video Contest. Lip sync your favorite song from Taylor Swift’s album, 1989, and you could win the chance to meet her! Open to US residents, 18 an older. Hurry, submissions are due August 8th.
OVC’s Pick of the Week: Our favorite contest to make it’s debut this week is the PaperPro 'Experience Better’ Video Contest, brought to you by Zooppa. Office supplies may not be too exciting, but PaperPro’s products offer an unexpectedly elevated experience from your average office supplies. To fully express what it’s like to ‘experience better’, the brand wants you to create a 60-90 second mini-documentary that showcases how someone you know has made the choice to experience better in some way - big or small. We like this contest because there are so many directions you could take it in, and there are a lot of prizes up for grabs. The very top video will earn its creator $10,000, and nine more winners will also cash for their work. Open worldwide, 14 and older. Due September 22nd.
None of these video contests striking your fancy? There are TONS more contests waiting for you at OnlineVideoContests.com! Which contests will you be working on?
Barry Lyndon—The Use of the Zoom Shot, an excellent video essay by Marta Ruggeri, helps you reconsider this movie through an analysis of one of many cinematic strategies Stanley Kubrick makes use of—the largely debated zoom shot.