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New VCU Life Sciences course on conservation filmmaking

May 10, 2018

Ron Lopez, award-winning filmmaker and VCU Life Science faculty, will be teaching budding conservation filmmakers how to make science more accessible to the public through video.

The course, LFSC 591 Topics: Conservation Filmmaking, is a one-credit course offered during VCU’s summer session, June 20 – August 1. Student will learn how to break down a scientific topic/study into its communicable elements, create a narrative to tell the “story” of the research, and shoot and edit a film to communicate the science. 

Included in the course is an overnight fieldtrip to learn shooting techniques and drone applications in the field at the VCU Rice Rivers Center.  Accommodations will be provided on-site at the Inger Rice Lodge.

 This course is designed to complement student-based research and provide basic skills to pursue new, dynamic methods of communicating research.

To find out more information, contact Ron Lopez at


Below is Ron’s film, “An Oyster’s Eye View of the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program,” which won grand prize at the 2018 Environmental Film Festival.  Ron’s works have also appeared on Richmond and Charlottesville’s local public broadcasting stations. 


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