Category: Science and the Environment

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 I produced, below, illuminates how humans have modified food over time.

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Life Noggin

I wrote over a dozen scripts for the educational science series Life Noggin, including episodes about space, medicine, geology, biology, and technology. For each script, I performed detailed research and fact-checking to ensure we held ourselves to the highest editorial standards. My videos averaged 1 million views each.

 

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DNews

While working with Discovery Communications, I produced over 300 episodes of DNews (now called Seeker), a science and medicine web series with over 2 million YouTube subscribers. I was responsible for the creative vision of the show and directing the daily production, including managing the team’s associate producers and interns. I also maintained the rigorous production calendar for 10 episodes a week.

Below are two of the most popular DNews videos I worked on, both of which garnered over a million views in their first week.

How Hackers Really Crack Your Passwords

 

What Really Happens When You Swallow Gum?

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Ask Smithsonian

I produced over a dozen episodes of Ask Smithsonian, an editorial web series that answered intriguing questions about science, history, and culture. The show tackled everything from why flamingos stand on one leg to how bodies become mummified.

In the above episode we find out why humans get prune fingers. Below we answer: is it true that elephants can’t jump?

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Reboot The Suit

When the Smithsonian Institution launched 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. The project soared past its initial goal of $500,000 in just five days, ultimately raising nearly $720,000.

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