Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks


Challenge: Film your research with your smartphone and show what your scientific work is all about! But remember: You only got 20 seconds!
Below you’ll find some tips & tricks to make sure you’ll deliver an excellent movie.

  1. Before you start filming think about the essence of your research: For whom is my research relevant? What is the purpose? Where does the research take place? How long have you been doing your research? And especially Why is your research relevant? 20 seconds seems a lot but remember: time flies! Keep it short.
  2. Keep in mind that your movie is for a broad audience. Your well-educated neighbour (think Matthijs van Nieuwkerk / Humerto Tan) should understand your story.
  3. Carefully chose your shooting location. This could be a research lab, or any other location.
  4. Be creative in using relevant objects and graphics. Click here for a nice example, made @ the MIRA event on 27 November. Make use of animations, use time-lapse, scientific experiment or measurement, etc.
  5. Inspiring examples of 6 seconds science can be found on Youtube.
  6. Use a stopwatch or normal watch to time your movie.
  7. Set your smartphone to high definition quality. Most of the mobile phones can record in HD.
  8. Vertical alignment is not done! Keep your smartphone during filming horizontal. In this way you’ll record a movie that fits the screen of your monitor or TV.
  9. Make a test recording and watch it back.
  10. If you chose to move your camera, move slowly. (Unless you intentionally want to create an unclear / shaking recording.)
  11. If you film outside, check the position of the sun.
  12. If you use sound in your recording, be aware of the conditions of your environment. Wind and environmental noise can be very annoying in the end result.
  13. If you use audio or visuals make sure they are royalty free.

Everything ready? Send your movie to via We Transfer.
Make sure to send your movie before 1 February 2015! Regularly check the website for tips & tricks and inspiring examples.

In case you need help with editing your 20 seconds: on 15 January from 13:30 till 16:30 (location will follow) the 20 seconds science supporting team organizes a consultation afternoon.