Loch Ness Productions applies its production expertise to many non-dome projects, including educational and outreach videos for observatories and online science news sites. Here is a sampling of some video projects.
This series of video podcasts was a collaboration with MIT Haystack Observatory. It explores the causes and effects of space weather, and focuses special attention on the ionospheric research at Haystack Observatory. For this project Carolyn Collins Petersen worked with observatory scientist Dr. Philip J. Erickson, who acted as script advisor and observatory liaison. She wrote the scripts, coordinated the video shoots at the observatory and sites around the Boston area. Mark Petersen was the project's videographer, video editor, and soundtrack producer. We began work on the videos in late 2007 and finished in 2009. The series is currently available on the observatory's Web site, as well as on iTunes. Episode 1 is shown here.
Carolyn serves as segment producer for The Astronomer's Universe and Our Night Sky on Astrocast.TV — a Web-based video news program covering events in astronomy and space science. Her topics have ranged from the exploration of Mars to discoveries at the limits of the observable universe. Each month she produces a short stargazing segment that focuses viewer attention some prominent night sky objects and constellations visible from around the world.
In 2008, we produced a short video about the Murchison Widefield Array Project in Australia for MIT Haystack Observatory. This 10-minute presentation provides a closer look at a next-generation low-frequency radio telescope array being built by an international collaboration. For the project, Carolyn collaborated with Dr. Colin Lonsdale to produce the script and arranged for video assets to be used in the final production. Carolyn also did the voice-over work. Mark was the project videographer and video editor, and produced the show's soundtrack.
Solar Storms to Radio Waves
We created video for an interactive Spin Browser exhibit for The Discovery Museums, Acton, Massachusetts. It contains 30 minutes of fascinating imagery from observatories and satellites studying the Sun, and shows children how scientists study space weather.
In 2007 we began a project with Software Bisque to create a series of short video tours for Seeker, a 3D solar system visualization program. With videography provided by the program's creator Richard Wright, we scripted, narrated, and incorporated our own Geodesium music into soundtracks for tours of the worlds of the solar system. The same movie at left is taken directly from the software package, which generated the movie internally for playback.
Sample movie: the "Small Worlds" Tour.