Faculty researcher Dr David Kirby was recently featured in an article and podcast for Nature Jobs, focusing on the role of science advisers in film and television. In his book, Lab Coats in Hollywood, science communication and film studies expert Dr Kirby looked at what draws scientists to the world of film. He interviewed 25 scientists to investigate how film producers used scientists on films such as Hulk, Finding Nemo, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
According to Dr Kirby, in an age where stereotypes are closely scrutinised, producers and writers are often most interested in knowing what scientists are really like. The questions the scientists are asked, and the time the advisers are needed for, varies depending on the film or TV series.
After many years immersed in the world of Hollywood media, Dr Kirby feels he has learnt a great deal. For any scientist wishing…
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