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SCOM 412: The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking II

This is a seminar-based paper that deals with the technical bits you need to know to make a documentary, like how to use a camera and what to do with the stuff it records.

This paper is a follow-on from Part I and is intended to provide more advanced techniques for the production of a documentary.

The unique involvement of NHNZ in this course means that the techniques of filmmaking are taught by award-winning professionals currently working in natural history filmmaking.


Provide advanced knowledge and training in the practical skills needed to make a science or natural history documentary

Examples of components of this paper

  • Advanced filmmaking techniques and use of cameras
  • Specialist equipment for filmmaking
  • Music and filmmaking

Examples of practical exercises associated with this paper may include:

  • Produce a 5-minute video on Wild Dunedin for screening by the local television broadcaster, Channel 9.
  • Advanced editing in areas such as color correction and sound
  • Work with students from the Music Department to set sequences to original music


Available ONLY to students enrolled in the MSciComm in Science and Natural History Filmmaking.

Next Application Deadlines

Applications for PhD study can be accepted at any time.

New Zealand Resident Applications for second semester study (excluding Science and Natural History Filmmaking) close 2 June

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