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They made their own movie - here's what you should keep in mind
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- published 23 November 2023
Film is an effective way to communicate about your research.
Lund University Cancer Center, LUCC, made a film about bladder cancer. Mustafa Kadhim, a doctoral student in medical radiation physics at the Department of Clinical Sciences in Lund, explains how they went about it.
Why did you make a film about bladder cancer research? "The bladder cancer researchers wanted to spread information about their research and how it contributes to better treatments. This type of cancer diagnosis does not receive much attention, so it was interesting to highlight this particular area."
How have you thought about the purpose and target audience? "The target audience is other researchers, cancer patients, and the general public. The choice of language was English because many researchers in the field are English-speaking, and it allows reaching a broader audience. We wanted to avoid complex terms and make the information easy for the general public to understand."
How did you proceed, and what advice do you have for others who also want to use film? "LUCC made inquiries through its various networks in different cancer diagnoses to see if anyone was interested in presenting their current research through films. The first network to be interested in the idea was a network that, in addition to bladder cancer research, also researches prostate and kidney cancer. Then, I, Jana Hagman, and the involved researchers had planning meetings to discuss our thoughts and how to present their research in a video, says Mustafa Kadhim, whose goal is to be able to make more similar videos for other researchers in the future."
Mustafa's advice for creating a good film:
Coordination and planning, including planning meetings with all involved parties to ensure everyone understands what is expected of them.
Write a script.
Book a film location well in advance and use the script to guide your speakers and facilitate your own work during post-production.
Don't forget to have fun in the process!
... as well as to distribute the film through multiple channels so that more people can benefit from it.
Image, film, and music
On the Staff pages, there is information about laws and regulations, as well as templates and other support you may need to make a film.