Science goes to the movies

US Air Force workshop designed to improve accuracy of films and encourage science careers

Harvey Black(hblack@chorus.net)
Jun 16, 2004

If you've ever grimaced at the portrayal of science in the movies and thought to yourself, "I can do that better," the Air Force Office of Scientific Research has a course for you.

The Air Force is paying for a 2-day workshop at the American Film Institute in which scientists can catch a glimpse of working in the world of films. The workshop is designed to improve the accuracy of the way science is presented in movies and, by portraying scientists positively, to encourage young people to enter science.

Scheduled for July 17 and 18, the workshop aims "to provide a means for scientists and engineers to become more knowledgeable about motion picture projects" and to encourage them to learn how to write and submit scripts, according to the American Film Institute's Web site. Workshop participants will learn about how to work with directors and other Hollywood professionals and how...

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