As a Planetarium Manager, I struggled to find fulldome films I wanted to license. Too often, beautiful films would have problems with the script, especially where these had been tranlated into English. Education was the key aim, and visuals can never balance out poorly-communicated science or culturally inappropriate language. It is a pleasure to help overcome these issues to achieve the producer's original vision, emotion, and objectives. I can also help with planning educational objectives and how best to weave these into the story.
Content - educational objectives, key concepts and introduction of new language. Is there anything that would be problematic - for example religious or gender issues?
Communication - there is a big difference between stating concepts clearly and teaching them. You need to construct a route for the audience to construct their new understanding. It's vital to consider prior knowledge, misconceptions, cultural references, and the target age-group’s ability to construct mental models.
Language - writing for clarity while matching the desired emotion/style. Is the show serious or fun? Is the narrator a teacher or a friend? Is it a lecture? Or poetic? Story-like? How do you want the audience to feel?
Recording - ensuring the script is performed to achieve its aims. Jargon words are clear and correctly pronounced, emphasis aids communication of concepts, and emotion is suitable for the visuals. I have fourteen years' experience of live show delivery in the dome.
Work in progress: storyboard and script consultation
Fulldome show produced by Creative Planet (Maciej Ligowski); a story of the seasons.
Awards: watch this space!
2019: Script consultation
Fulldome show produced by NSC Creative.
Awards: Best Feature Film, Jena Fulldome Festival 2019; Best 3D Film, Brno Fulldome Festival 2019.
2018: rewriting of English translation
Fulldome show produced by Kagaya Studios. English narration soundtrack by Creative Planet.
Awards: Audience award, Minsk Fulldome Film Festival 2018.
Re-writing of a direct translation from the original Japanese. As ever the challenge was to re-introduce the feeling and meaning of the original. This was an interesting show to work on as it has a very poetic feel in places but also great clarity in explanation of how our view of the stars changes as we travel around Earth.
2017: Script consultation; English translation; Substantive consultations
Fulldome show produced by Creative Planet (Maciej Ligowski).
Awards: IPS- Eugenides Foundation award for the Best Educational Production, IPS 2018; JANUS Astro Award and Audience Choice Award for the Best Feature Film, Jena Fulldome Festival 2018; Audience Award, Brno Fulldome Festival 2018, Honorable Mention, International Film Festival 2017.
"For me Jenny was a blessing. She really made a difference for the entire Explore show. After translating the show to English I couldn’t get rid of an impression that it is a translation. It made me worried, but then Jenny enthusiastically agreed to help and brought her passion to words, her clear mind and experience in science communication into our project. At the very last moment we re-wrote the entire text making it so much better than the original. I really enjoyed working with Jenny and highly recommend her to anybody who needs to write an English script." - Maciej Ligowski
2016: English translation script consultant
Fulldome film produced by Softmachine.
Awards: Honorable Mention and Best Feature Film Audience Choice Award, Jena 2017; Audience Award, Brno 2017; Audience Award, International Planetarium Movie Festival, Seoul 2016.
This was a short consultancy to report issues with the translation from German, and to suggest changes to address the main problems.
2015: Script credit; Science consultation
24min fulldome show produced by NSC Creative.
Awards: Director's Award, Jena 2016; Popularity Award, IPMF 2016. Watch the trailer.
"NSC Creative has had the pleasure of working with Jenny on a number of projects, most recently for We are Stars. Jenny wrote the initial draft of the evolution section and re-worked much of the script. She commented on the storyboard and suggested some changes to the visuals which were carried through to the final show. She was committed, helpful and responsive, and the film was significantly improved by her contribution. We consider her an honorary member of the NSC Creative team and hope to work with her again in future." Paul Mowbray, Producer
2013: Project Manager, new UK script
30min fulldome show produced by Softmachine.
The English script was re-written and re-recorded by Winchester Science Centre to bring this in line with UK cultural and learning requirements. Target audience 4-8yr.
This project was a challenge due to the large amount of lip-synched speech, and the cultural requirement to change the emotional states of on-screen characters.
The new version audio is available at no additional cost to show licensees.
2013: Script consultation (voluntary)
24min fulldome show produced by NSC Creative, funded by Google.
Awards: Planetarian Choice at the IPS International Fulldome Festival 2014; Producers Choice at Jena 2014.
A brief response to the script, highlighting issues of concern for UK audiences.
2013: Informal discussions and testing
46min fulldome documentary about archaeoastronomy, aimed at an adut audience. Produced by Grant Wakefield for Sky-Skan. Unusual and beautiful production containing large amounts of live footage.
Winchester Science Centre was used as a test screen during production, over which time I had informal discussions with the producer, Grant Wakefield, about various aspects of the show.
2011-12: Project Manager, storyboarding, scripting and science guidance
24min fulldome show produced by NSC Creative, funded by the Wellcome Trust (£280k). Target audience: 11-16yr. Show accompanied by classroom resources.
Awards: Narrative Prize at DomeFest 2012.
Featured as best UK 2012 summer science event by The Independent newspaper. Resources featured on the Guardian website.
2008-9: Consortium member; storyboarding and scripting guidance
24min fulldome show produced by NSC Creative, funded by the STFC and a consortium of UK Science Centres. I represented Winchester Science Centre (then trading as INTECH at consortium meetings to discuss storyboard and scripting.
Target audience: 11-14yr.
2008-9: informal discussions and testing
24min fulldome show produced by University of Surrey, supported by Winchester Science Centre (then trading as INTECH). Target audience: 16-18yr biology students.
This was the producer's first fulldome production. Guidance was given with respect to dome visuals and storyboarding. Visuals were tested at the Science Centre.