Other science video competitions

There are at least two more science film projects online, alongside SciCast; the Wired/PBS broadcast mashup Wired Science are soon to launch a competition for high-school students (scroll down), and New Scientist are running their own equivalent via YouTube.

I’m assuming the former is only open to US participants, but if you’re in the UK and enter the New Scientist competition, feel free to send your film to SciCast too — we’ll make sure it’s archived so schools can use it (YouTube is usually blocked by local authority firewalls).

I need a new word

I need a word for the feeling of intense ennui and frustration one feels when attempting to find any shot that can fill a gap of six frames, only to find that every camera is repositioning at exactly the same time.

‘Fit to fill’ has never been so abused.

I’ve put a few new films up at SciCast this week, by the way, along with an old favourite.

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For some reason, I’ve been flicking my way through a bunch of time-lapse videos on YouTube. There’s some fabulous stuff, though I’ll say again: current YouTube quality is only ‘good enough’ because we don’t know better. I’m not just being stroppy or ‘professional,’ we’ve been here before: remember the postage stamp-sized early Quicktime, how utterly magical it was to see that back in 1992… and how quickly it started to look rubbish?

Anyway, the tricky bit about time-lapse is finding something appropriate to point the camera at. Anthony Powell has the perfect subject: Antarctica. Wow.

Worth checking the silly film competition Anthony won, too.