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Celldance Extends “Tell Your Own Cell Story” Video Proposal Deadline

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Celldance2014The deadline for Celldance proposals
has been extended to August 15.
Poster by Johnny Chang, ASCB.
Microscopic movie moguls have two more weeks to submit their "Tell Your Own Cell Story" proposal to ASCB's Public Information Committee (PIC), which will commission three live cell imaging videos at $1,000 each to be shot on location in the labs of ASCB members. The new deadline is August 15.

For Celldance 2014, PIC has become a microscopic motion picture producer, Celldance Studios, to bankroll three Tell Your Own Cell Story videos at $1,000 each to be shot on location in the labs of ASCB members. "In a very modest way, we are looking to underwrite cell biology films that balance an accessible narrative, rock-solid science, and awesome imagery," says PIC Chair Simon Atkinson.

The three Celldance Studios video productions are aimed at classrooms and the whole world, Atkinson says. The ASCB-commissioned labs will deliver a rough-cut of their video to Celldance Studios (i.e., PIC), which will provide post-production services before unveiling the cell story videos at a special live online press conference and at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting in Philadelphia.

Celldance Studios will directly solicit Tell Your Own Cell Story proposals from ASCB member labs known for their high-quality imaging. "In addition, we are also seeking self-nominated proposals from ASCB member labs," says Atkinson. The extended deadline for pitching your Tell Your Own Cell Story video proposal to Celldance Studios is now August 15. Once commissioned, the three ASCB member labs will be expected to deliver their rough-cut videos to PIC by October 31 (Halloween!).

To pitch your cell story video, send Celldance Studios a short description (800 words tops) or simple storyboard describing the cell story you wish to tell on video. Give the organizers a brief description of your imaging methods, and, if possible, include a link to a sample clip of your lab's video work. Send your pitch or direct your questions to ASCB Senior Science Writer John Fleischman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Up-front financing of videos appealed to the PIC as the best way to help labs tell their own cell stories, according to Atkinson. "By going directly to ASCB member labs known for their high quality video microscopy, we hope to commission films from some of the leading microscopists working today. By leaving it open to any ASCB member lab to pitch us a proposal, we hope to keep an eye out for new talent," says Atkinson.

For complete information on Tell Your Own Cell Story and the Celldance Studios 2014 Commissions, go to www.ascb.org/celldance.

John Fleischman

John is ASCB Senior Science Writer and the author among other things of two nonfiction books for older children, "Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science" and "Black & White Airmen," both from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, Boston.

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