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SSI SEMINAR – Connecting Science with Television with Frank Ferrel
April 14, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Desperate Alewives And Culvert Operations: Connecting Science with Television
Frank Ferrel, Independent Film Producer
Brett Plymale, Videographer
As a scientist or researcher, how do you tell your story? What you present in a peer conference may be very different from how you tell that same story to a television audience. Frank Ferrel, awardwinning writer, producer and director of the SSI science series, Sustainable Maine, takes us behind the scenes to illustrate just what it takes to present a complex research project to a lay viewing television audience. Together with videographer, Brett Plymale, they will demystify their jargon and discuss the use of visual techniques and storytelling tools using video examples and hands-on demonstrations of interview techniques.
Documentary producer, Frank Ferrel may best be known to UMaine researchers as the writer, director and producer
of the Emmy-nominated science series, Sustainable Maine, produced in cooperation with the Sustainable Solutions
Initiative and ME EPSCoR and broadcast on MPBN television. Ferrel worked full time for MPBN for 9 years where he
was host and producer of the weekly talk show series Conversations with Maine. Prior to this assignment, he was Series
Producer of the station’s flagship series, Made in Maine. He has received an Emmy and two Telly awards for his work at
MPBN along with numerous additional Emmy nominations.
Videographer Brett Plymale worked on virtually all of the Sustainable Maine series. In addition to his work on that series,
he produced and directed the award-winning film A Chemical Reaction, documenting the effects of toxic lawn
and garden pesticides and a local initiative to stop their use.