About Shamini Bundell
Shamini Bundell is a science-film maker and video journalist for the journal Nature. She studied Zoology at undergrad followed by a Science Media Production MSc and then worked in TV for several years before ending up at Nature. In her spare time she combines science communication with Dungeons & Dragons as part of the ‘RPGeeks’ including running live shows at evens like New Scientist Live and Natural History Museum Lates.
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[00:01:17] Delving into the natural sciences.
[00:02:24] The transition into science media production and science communication.
[00:04:37] Shamini’s long history with filmmaking.
[00:07:00] Science filmmaking for Nature.
[00:07:24] The creative process for science filmmaking.
[00:10:01] The making of Sandcastle film.
[00:12:49] Project managing the filmmaking process.
[00:13:48] How do you decide where to stop when making a video?
[00:18:12] On discovering Dungeons & Dragons.
[00:19:24] So, pantomime.
[00:20:09] Drunken bus stop D&D.
[00:22:37] The origins of RPGeeks.
[00:24:55] Magic is just the science we haven’t justified yet.
[00:25:36] Segue: That world building thing.
[00:27:31] On being a Dungeon Master / Game Master.
[00:29:32] Making the science work.
[00:31:42] The morally grey areas of science and magic.
[00:34:08] Bonus Question 1: What hobby or interest do you have that is most unrelated to your field of work?
[00:35:08] Bonus Question 2: Which childhood book holds the strongest memories for you?
[00:40:07] Bonus Question 3: What advice you would give someone who wants to do what you do? Or what advice should they ignore?
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