Q: When will the video
that is being produced be ready for public viewing? Will it include
footage from other years? Where can we go to see it? Will you
have any "hands on" specimens or replicas exhibited
along with the film?
A: The high-definition production should be ready in about six to eight months. It will premiere at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on the 22-foot wide screen in the WRAL digital theater. The final version will include footage from several years. As you can imagine, we get interesting footage from every cruise. Our challenge is editing it down to something the public will enjoy.
are also excited about other applications for these images, including
interactive DVD/CD-ROM materials, television productions, and
museum exhibits. The Museum currently has a deep sea diorama in
the Coastal Hall, and there is an exhibit hall cart that allows
visitors to touch and hold some of the objects we have collected.
The Museum's expansion plan includes a building dedicated to helping
people understand the process and value of research. We hope that
Life on the Edge and similar projects will be a part of that new
Q: What equipment and software are you using to capture these images? Will they be available to teachers and students during the next school year? Have you thought about ways to use these images with pre-collegiate students or in professional development programs for teachers?
The still photographs are from several different digital cameras. Art and Liz are using Nikon digital cameras and Katie is using a Konica Minolta digital camera. Art is also using several video cameras including a Sony HD camera and a Panasonic Mini-DV camera. The sub is equipped with a Sony underwater HD camera, as well.
These images will be available on the Museum's web site year-round. Since the images will be available to anyone with Internet access, students and teachers may use them for educational purposes. The museum is also working on a proposal to get funding to create CD-ROMs to distribute to teachers for educational purposes.