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CIS: Film-making for scientists


Admission requirements


*Period: to be announced

Film is an increasingly important media for professionals to reach their audience. Film has the power to resonate with people; to create an emotional reaction. Scientists are also increasingly harnessing the power of film to influence their audience
The videography masterclass is a short introduction to the worlds of filmmaking. It is a special elective for master’s students of LUMC. It will train you in the basis of science documentary filmmaking and will train them how to plan, film, edit and complete their own research film.

Course objectives

On this course you will:

learn principles of visual communication and storytelling
learn to how to communicate your research story via film
learn the basics of documentary-interviewing

learn to design a short science film (story, interview, storyboard, shot list, design)
learn to use camera equipment
learn to use audio equipment (microphones)
learn to use editing software (scene selection, montage, cutting & compositing)
learn to layer soundtracks and incorporate audio support (music & sound effects)


All course and group schedules are published on our LUMC scheduling website or on the LUMC scheduling app.

Mode of instruction

Students will learn via 6 workshop sessions, which include theory and hands-on practice in filming and editing.
Students will complete two practice assignments in which they will film and edit.

Assessment method

Assessment is based on attendance at workshop sessions and completion of assigned activities (2x short film).

Reading list


Registration for FOS courses, H2W, Scientific Conduct, Course on Lab Animal Sciences and CRiP takes place in lottery rounds in the beginning of July. After the lottery rounds: if you want to register for a course you are kindly asked to contact the student administration at



Duration: 6 sessions of 2 hours
Participants: 12 per course

The course is offered by Communication in Science (CIS) once per semester and will be announced via Brightspace. Registration details will be announced on Brightspace.