L’Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science

by Lan Bui on December 18, 2011

L’Oreal and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) give money to outstanding women in science each year… it is amazing to see women in science getting support for their research.

The UNESCO-L’ORÉAL fellowships scheme focuses on UNESCO’s premise that people are the world’s greatest resource and that innovation and excellence, especially among the young women community, deserve to be supported and encouraged through the concerted efforts of the international community. The award of the fellowships constitutes a key strategy through which impetus is being given to the enhancement of the role of women in devising scientific solutions to problems confronting humankind in the twenty-first century.

Drew Gardner was commissioned to shoot a video highlighting Dr Heather Whitney so he and I set out to shoot this in two days. Well, most of each day was spend driving and we had about 2 hours with Dr Whitney each day. I loved hearing from her about her research, it is amazing that she is making things that will change the world.

I think we all get caught up in the work that we do and don’t realize that there are people out there with goals to actually reduce world hunger and save real peoples lives.

After watching the video above, watch the video below to hear Drew and I talk about our decisions and thoughts on each shot in the video. Drew was cooking lunch and I ambushed him with my laptop… it was not planned out… haha…

And finally, here are some clips of us getting ready for the shoot… testing out some of the equipment the day before the shoot.

Drew wrote up a post with all the gear that we used in the shoot, take a look at it and see what we had to haul around England in two days to get all this done. Our journey was basically from one end of the country to the other…

Bristol to Cambridge

Here is how we mounted the 5D mark II to do the down shot of the stair way:

Canon 5D makr II on a pole

Here is me pulling a giant wagon of gear!!!

Wagon full of photo gear

And here is the Canon T2i (Canon 550d) with the 100mm macro stuffed into and taped to a shower cap so the bees don’t get out… if you look closely you can see there are two bees in the shower cap:

Shower Cap for bees

And finally here is the 5D mark II with the Zacuto EVF stuffed in the thing

5D with Zacuto EVF

So, leave a comment below or tweet at me with some of the crazy things you have done with gear just to get some shots done.

  • Marc

    Wonderful documentary and commentary.  :-)

  • http://twitter.com/KeithHammond Keith Hammond

    Really enjoyed seeing even more of the BTS than i first watched on Drews blog. I’m interested why in the  interviewing shots Dr Heather is not looking at camera, i have seen this a lot lately in interviews and tv ads, is it a better look than if you were looking straight to camera ? 

    • Drew Gardner

      Hi Keith,

      It’s Drew here.

      I’m actually having a beer with Lan right now in the Lakes.

      Anyhow,to answer your question this interview style seems to be quite fashionable at he moment.

      Though trend alone does not account for why I favour this technique.

      It is a great way to get from behind the camera and really engage with the subject about their passion.

      Without them becoming too intimidated or put off by the camera.

      This method works particularly well when the interviewee is not used to being interviewed.

      Having said that, I love shooting interviews straight to camera but it is subject dependent.

    • http://vubui.com Vu Bui

      I agree with Drew, and would like to add that for the subjects, looking at the camera is a cold and sterile thing… you can’t draw out a conversation from someone. When they are looking off to the side they are usually looking at and speaking directly towards a person, which allows them to have a real conversations and get the kind of visual feedback that a conversation with a person allows. This then creates a much more natural flow to their delivery.

  • http://twitter.com/KeithHammond Keith Hammond

    Drew, Lan & Vu, thanks for the replies, much appreciated,  i hope two enjoyed your beer, i bet you weren’t drinking outside were you.
     What you say makes perfect sense now, i have seen where more than one camera is used and the interviewee is shot from different angles whilst talking “past” the camera, i suppose that is just to add to the shot rather than one viewpoint if it were a long interview.Do you use a shoulder rig for the hand held shots, if so what do you use ? I hope you don’t mind all the questions but i want to have a little dabble with some video in the new year (for my own interest) so i’m just trying to pick up some info.If you ever need someone to help with that heavy trolly ( you looked like you were struggling :-) ) i’m always up for helping out in exchange for some of your knowledge, just give me a shout.Happy Christmas Guys. 

    • http://www.LanBui.com Lan Bui

      Hey Keith!

      Most of the handheld shots are done with a Zacuto rig of some sort…

      Any questions you have are welcome!

  • http://twitter.com/KeithHammond Keith Hammond

    Hi Lan,

    I would like your opinion on a DSLR for video use, the Panasonic GH2, iv’e seen a few good reports on it and read about a few hacks that improve things as well. A second hand one would suit my budget of around £500 or is there a dedicated video cam for that money that would be better.
    I expect you get asked for recommends a lot so if it’s a pain in the arse question i fully understand.
    One more thing, can you recommend any sites / forums for me to link up with to get videoing info etc.
    Appreciate any help you can be Lan.

    • http://www.LanBui.com Lan Bui

      Hi Keith!

      I have not shot much with the GH2… just a few little test shots… so I can’t give you first hand experience in a professional sense.

      That said, I know of many people that love their GH2’s an have made wonderful things with them.

      Philip Bloom posted a test with the GH2 hacked and it looked great, so that night be an option to enhance your image out of the camera.

      So, I would say the GH2 is a very good camera to get, it is nice and small and creates a very good looking image.

      Try http://wideopencamera.com http:// nofilmschool.com and http://planet5d.com for news and tutorials and stuff… Then look at http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/ http://philipbloom.net and http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/ for lots of detailed information about filmmaking.

  • http://twitter.com/KeithHammond Keith Hammond

    Thank you so much Lan, really appreciated

    • http://www.LanBui.com Lan Bui

      All good!

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