Sheldon Cooper, eat your heart out! We were asked to film four testimonial videos of technical students who had decided to do their internship at the amazing, awe-inspiring European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN in Switzerland and France. The aim was to inspire prospective Dutch students to take this leap as well. This assignment was right up our street, with one of our founders having 10 years’ worth of experience disseminating particle physics, we felt right at home at this world-renowned physics research institute.
We started by making a filming plan, which involved making appointments with the students to talk over the phone to make them feel at ease about the filming process, talk through the questions etc. Because we had only two days to film three testimonials (the fourth one was at the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands) we needed a very strict filming schedule, which included filming the interviews, but also the cut-away shots at different locations at CERN. And CERN is widespread, so we also had to account for a lot of driving and walking time to different places.
By the time the filming plan and schedule was done it was sent to the CERN communications department for approval and when we had that we booked our tickets and were ready to go.
The two days at CERN were busy, but because of the strict filming plan and the inspiring and helpful people at CERN, everything fell into place and we got all the footage we needed before we were on the plane to Holland to film the last testimonial.
The best part of the filming at CERN? Well, you have to remember that the most state-of-the art technology at CERN can be found underground, namely the Large Hadron Collider and its four detectors, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb and ALICE. At ATLAS and CMS, it was announced in 2012 that the Higgs boson was finally found after decades of research. So we got lucky, we were able to bring all the interviewees to the ATLAS detector 100 meter underground and that in itself was the most impressive part of our visit. Because of the limited amount of space around the detector, we were only able to bring compact equipment, but despite that we got wonderful crane shots of the open detector, which you can see in the video.
We can’t wait to go back to CERN again to do some more filming!
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