Cinematic intermedia theatre and science plays : a fusion for learning

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Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture


The field of science is shrouded in mystery and science communication with the public is often dense impenetrable. One medium where science becomes less opaque is through narrative theatre plays. These plays explore the life of scientists or engage in actual scientific content, thus adding a context to science theories and scientists. However, these science plays are not the best method for science communication because they lack the dynamic visuals necessary to effectively communicate scientific concepts. I propose fusing science plays with film or video into "cinematic intermedia theatre." To asses the validity of my argument, I synthesize the analysis of: intermedia scholars, theatre scholars, educational experts, and neuroscientists. This scholarship verifies that cinematic intermedia theatre offers an emotionally and visually engaging method for science education.


An American's guide to breastfeeding: how to maintain propriety in an improper world is a film that is part of the student's thesis project.



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