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IDA Module Project 2020: NOMIS Image Film

A visual storytelling project initiated by BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts

Evert Ypma, evert.ypma@hslu.ch

More information on previous NOMIS projects, see the Imagining Science section of this website.

Only this year, CA offers a special IDA Module: the “NOMIS Image Film Project”. This IDA Module is a reality-based laboratory in which all team members contribute to the development of one short film, which will be developed in Spring, post-produced in August and screened in October.

For this project we seek 6 students in the following project roles:
3x students focusing on film
1x student for scientific illustration/ visualization
1x student for animation of (scientific) information
1x student for visual communication/ screen graphics

Depending on the role of choice, basic knowledge and experience in film/ scientific illustration/ animation/ visual communication is required.
In the first weeks of the IDA Module practical preparation workshops in two tracks (Film and Design) are given.

See project description below.



Didier Fassin, Institut of Advanced Study at Princeton, USA. CA HSLU film production 2018

HSLU – NOMIS Foundation
From 2017, the BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts cooperates with the NOMIS Foundation in Zurich. This organisation funds high-risk and experimental research world-wide. Under their motto “creating the spark”, NOMIS supports top-level scientists in social sciences, economics, medicine and natural sciences. In the past, HSLU student teams have made film portraits of several award winning scientists, dealing with questions of our time, such as the sociology of crises and conflict; inequality in healthcare of children, big data; an atlas of every cell of the brain that helps to understand Alzheimer disease; micro-biological processes on the bottom of the ocean in relation to climate change; and human neurology when seeing images, to name a few.

NOMIS Image Film Project in combination with the IDA Modules 2020
In 2020, the Foundation commissioned HSLU to develop a short film about the foundation itself. This film will focus on the foundation’s central idea: bringing bright and open minded scientists together and creating a spark between them. This image film will be about curiosity and creativity within science. These abstract concepts will be conveyed through visual storytelling and captured by film, graphics visualization, animation and sound. The student team will develop the film based on a rough conceptual scenario.

The project is divided in two parts:
1. IDA Module (April-May 2020): Preparation workshops, Concept development on a the basis of a scenario, Recording, Drafting
2. Post-production (August 2020): Developing the final film, and merging the disciplines of film, graphics visualization, animation and sound
Participants have to join both parts and make sure they’re available. For part 2., after completion, each student receives a stipend (compensation).
The exact workload during post-production in August will be defined during the IDA Module.

For this practice-oriented film project an interdisciplinary team of 6 students will be formed. You can apply for one of these roles:

a. 3 x students for the Track Film: Scenario, Film recording, Sound, Film editing
These students will also work with scientists on international locations in Switzerland, Europe and very likely in the USA during a 2-3-weeks travel period. In January-February it will become clear, which scientists and which locations the team will need to visit. All costs during travels will be covered by the project / HSLU.

b. 3 x students for the Track Design:
– 1 x student focusing on scientific illustration/ visualization
– 1 x student for animation of (scientific) information
– 1 x student for visual communication/ screen graphics

The students of both sub-teams, will learn and work together on one project, but they also will work individual and within their sub-teams “Film” and “Design”.
Depending on your role of choice, some basic knowledge and experience in film/ scientific illustration/ animation/ visual communication is required.
In the first weeks of the IDA Module practical preparation workshops in two tracks (Film and Design) are given.

Lecturers and Coaches
The teams are lead and coached by highly experienced international experts:
Christian Gropper (supervising film maker and IDA Module Leader), Independent documentary maker and film maker and educator for ARD and arte.
Max Bruinsma (Supervising Editor), Independent editor and author for transmedia storytelling: books, online media projects, radio and film documentary and design critic.
Evert Ypma (Producer), Designer and innovation strategist, researcher and study leader BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts,
Sarah Laura Hauenstein (Coordinator Assistant IDA Module), Independent film maker and assistant Camera Arts
Severin Pomsel (Production Assistant Image Film Production), CA alumnus, film maker and photographer

During the process, on defined moments, the team will also work together with the commissioner, the NOMIS Foundation.
The representatives of the foundation are very open for creative ideas proposed by the team. They like to be surprised and see it as an interesting experiment.

English (and German)

Phase 1. Kick-off, IDA Modules: 14.04. – 29.05.2020
Phase 2. Post-production: 03.08 – 30.08.2020
A detailed planning follows after module enrolment.

1. Subscribe to this module via the IDA application procedure.
2. You will receive an email with the request to send in the following documents:
a. Stating the role of your choice (see roles above)
b. A portfolio with work examples relevant to the chosen role (portfolio doesn’t need to be large)
c. CV
d. Brief motivation, why you are interested to join this project and summing your skills
3. Short interview by Skype or in a meeting
4. Selection + Confirmation of participation

If you have any question, please contact me via evert.ypma@hslu.ch

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