CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY – BROADCAST
DURATION: 5 X 11 MINS
PRODUCER: SARAH TIERNEY (CLARITY PRODUCTIONS)
Creative documentary series Science Scams combines drama reconstruction and animation to reveal some of the greatest but lesser known scientific frauds from history.
The five episodes include: Beringer’s Lying Stones, the story of one man’s ill-fated search for scientific proof of divine creation; Meinertzhagen: Undercover Ornithologist, chronicling the extraordinary life of a WWI hero with a dangerous ambition for scientific fame; Elizalde’s Lost Eden, the unbelievable story of a stone age tribe discovered deep in the Philippine jungle in the 1970’s; Kempelen’s Chess Playing Automaton, the story of a mysterious technological marvel of the 19th century; and Redheffer’s Perpetual Motion Machine, how one man gifted the holy grail of engineering to the world, or did he?
Science Scams was commissioned for Channel 4 Daytime and was first screened in February 2007 with repeats throughout 2007 and 2008.
Meinertzhagen: Undercover Ornithologist was nominated in the Scottish Short Film Awards 2007
DoP: Ian Dodds
Production Designer: Max Berman
Animation: Alan Brown
Sound Design: Zoe Irvine
Editor: Tadhg O’Sullivan
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