The answer is yes. But only if you have something worth saying visually.
How do we know what the stars are really made of? Is the universe made of the same kind of stuff as we are?
This short film tells the story behind the science of spectroscopy and the beauty of the universe. It’s a personal project that I hope will educate and entertain.
This is a project that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. And about six weeks ago, something just went twang in my head, and I finally decided to actually do it.
I have always been fascinated by stellar spectroscopy, which is the method used by astronomers to examine the chemical composition of stars and other luminous objects. This is one of those areas of science that is not only interesting for its own sake, but produces an understanding of the universe that is staggeringly beautiful. The discoveries produced by this technique have radically changed our understanding of the relationship between us and the rest of the cosmos.
Take a moment, and have a quick look at your contacts in some of your social media tools, like LinkedIn. How many people do you know with a decent profile photo?
Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Did you look? Think about your reaction for a moment: did you find yourself involuntarily making snap judgements based on those pictures?
Most people do; we can’t help it. We all need pictures for our profiles on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Slack, YouTube, and so on… especially if we use any or all of these platforms professionally.
No, not quite that way.
My video series about the Internet of Things features two people in speaking roles: myself, and the Vice-President of Micrium, Christian Légaré. One of the delicate parts of a production like this is making sure that the top man looks good on camera. He must be the voice of the company, an authority figure, and a source of insight. And something as trivial as bad lighting would completely undermine his credibility.
I wanted to shoot Christian’s segments in his office, which you can see below. Ideally, I wanted to place him in an open, airy space that was still recognizable as a workplace. But at first glance, his office doesn’t seem to be a likely candidate. But looks can be deceiving.