Category: Science and the Environment

DNews

While working with Discovery Digital Networks, I produced roughly 300 episodes of DNews (now called Seeker), a science and technology web series with 2.4 million YouTube subscribers. I was responsible for both the creative vision of the show and the daily production, pitching story ideas, reading and editing scripts, directing talent, supervising post-production, and managing the team’s associate producers and interns. I also maintained the show’s rigorous production calendar. With 10 episodes a week, no area of science, technology, or medicine went unturned!

The above episode was a breaking news story that I conceptualized, wrote, and produced in less than five hours. Below are videos about how liquid water can have more than one state and what happens when you swallow gum. Each of these garnered over a million views in just over a week.

 

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What is the Anthropocene?

I wrote and produced this animated explainer introducing Smithsonian viewers to the concept of the Anthropocene – a new geologic epoch delineated by humanity’s impact on the planet. The first in a multi-part series, this film describes the far-reaching effect of human actions.

The second episode, below, illuminates how humans have modified food over time.

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Reboot The Suit

When the Smithsonian Institution decided to launch its first ever Kickstarter project to conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit in the National Air and Space Museum, they knew video would be an integral part of the campaign. I produced and coordinated the main campaign video, which ran on the Kickstarter project page, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. I also produced several videos updating supporters during the campaign’s run. The project soared past its initial goal of $500,000 in just five days, ultimately raising nearly $720,000.

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Ask Smithsonian

I produced over a dozen episodes of Ask Smithsonian, an editorial web series that answers intriguing questions about science, history, and culture. The show tackled everything from, “How do flamingos stand on one leg?” to “How do you mummify a body?” In the above episode, we answer the question, “Is it true that elephants can’t jump?” Browse the Ask Smithsonian collection for more!

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Alaska Wilderness League

As part of a national campaign for the Alaska Wilderness League, I produced three videos about the need to preserve our wild lands and the harmful impacts of drilling and mining operations. The above film introduces viewers to the Alaska Wilderness League, while the below videos profile two of Alaska’s most precious natural spaces: the National Petroleum Reserve and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

 

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