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This podcast features a fantastic interview with science filmmaker Rob Nelson. Rob is a friend of mine and we both appear together on the Science Channel’s What on Earth. He transitioned from research into filmmaking and has a YouTube channel with almost 150K subscribers and multiple videos with millions of views.
In this episode, I chat with Rob about why and how he decided to turn to science filmmaking. This is certainly a unique career path without obvious instructions. Even if there was an instruction manual, it would change from year-to-year or even day-to-day as there are constant changes in social media and how we receive information.
This is a wide-ranging discussion about careers in science filmmaking, science communication, and success on YouTube.
Specifically I go over:
- How Rob Nelson became a science filmmaker
- Why he changed from research into filmmaking
- How he makes his own career as a filmmaker an started his own companies
- How to make successful YouTube videos
- How much Rob makes in this career and how much he makes from YouTube videos
- The change that took his YouTube channel to nearly 150K subscribers and multiple videos with millions of views
- Filmmaking tips for scientists dabbling in videos
- and MORE!
Resources and Sources Mentioned in: An Interview with Rob Nelson
Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.