“Storytelling through film has the power to engage people like no other medium”

Science Communication is as exciting, rapidly evolving and innovative as the science stories it tells. Now more than at any other time the media is taking an interest in science, combined with social media, the reach and impact of short and engaging films is unprecedented.


The heart of any film is the story, and Science Communication is no different. From behind the scenes stories about discoveries, to the life of the scientists behind the work, to ways in which science impacts on us -  it's choosing the right story to tell.  

Immersive Street Games

Outbreak!

A role playing, interactive event designed to thrust Science, interpretation and decision making into the hands of willing participants. A mysterious outbreak takes hold of the city and is threatening the whole country. In an high-pressure interactive street game, teams work to identify the nature of a disease and devise an action plan to save the country, before time ran out!

A collaboration between the University of Manchester, PlayFuel and Oropendola Productions, the event took place on 1 day involving 4 locations and over 30 volunteers and staff, 5 immersive videos and live recordings. This was the most ambitious and creative science communication project the team had been involved in.

The event was selected as one of the top 5 things to do at the Manchester Science Festival and received a fantastic reception,  we aim todevelop the idea further and adapted the approach for alternative scenarios.

For more information visit this page

 



Downpour!

Could you help save your city from extreme flooding?

With friends you can work in teams to devise a quick response to disaster, tackle political issues, influence policy makers and lobby your way through some very sensitive issues; Includingupland management, grouse shooting and sheep!

A collaboration between the University of Manchester, PlayFuel and Oropendola Productions, with support from the Arts Council, MSF and Social Science Festival. It was delivered on two days and involved multiple locations and a dedicated team of volunteers, actors, musicians, short films and live recordings. This was an ambitiousand creative science communication project which built on the strengths of Outbreak but in a much more portable format.

The event received a fantastic reception and this year we are hoping to deliver this to other festivals and around the UK.

For more information visit this page or watch a interview with one the creators here

 

Ecosystem Services & Valuing Biodiversity

 

Oropendola Productions were commissioned to produce a short video which explored the themes and topics in the rapidly developing area of Ecosystem Services based on the EU's Environment Policy In-Depth report. Working in partnership with the University of The West of England we scripted and filmed this video targeted at Policy makers.

 

We cannot expect in the immediate future that all women who seek it will achieve full equality of opportunity. But if women are to start moving towards that goal, we must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage and determination to succeed
— Rosalyn Yalow: Medical Physicist, Nobel Prize winner in 1977

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do.

Transforming public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate; they follow the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. With Soapbox Science, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists. No middle man, no powerpoint slide, no amphitheater – just remarkable women in science who are there to amaze you with their latest discoveries, and to answer the science questions you have been burning to ask.

 

We love this project and were excited to  produce a short film capturing the excitement,  intrigue and fun taking place on a sunny afternoon in Manchester Piccadilly gardens. 

Reflections of Successful Women in Science

Working with the University of Manchester we have produced a series of videos to bring to life very personal stories of Women in Science.

From role models to tribulations and how to overcome them, these videos provide an insight into life as a scientist, a mother and woman.