The NPS, part of the US Dept of Interior, is going to the public with videos on “climate change”. Of course, the term “climate change” is undefined….but it is bad and the NPS is going to fight it! Notice in the rfp below the emphasis on “creating a personal bond.”
So will this simply be propaganda? From the rfp below it looks like a slick public relations pitch to keep the money flowing to this program…..
How about just explaining climate and the fact that it changes all the time….short and long term weather patterns and average weather….and forget the hypothetical (scenario) models….
TASK: Produce a total of 2 each, ten-minute movies.
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this project is to convey the urgency of climate change as seen through the eyes of scientists working in that field. Each film will follow an NPS scientist working on climate change. The films will show the scientist in the field, analyzing data, and include a bit of their personal lives, and also showing the science, professional commitment, and passion of the scientists doing their work, including (a) how climate change is monitored and what we’ve learned as a direct result of that science, (b) introduce viewers to the day-to-day operations of science field work, (c) engage new audiences (youth, students, teachers, web-users) to national park science through engaging visual media, (d) be of high visual quality and interest while accurately conveying both factual detail and agency mission, and
(e) CREATING THE PERSONAL BOND BETWEEN THE SCIENTIST AND THE VIEWER BY SHOWING THE SINCERITY OF RESEARCHERS AND DEVOTION TO THEIR WORK.
SCOPE OF WORK: SLN staff will provide appropriate movie content.
Some researchers are obviously more out-going or photogenic than others. NPS will try to select film subjects passionate about their work. Videographer’s task is to convey that passion to audiences.
Movie content, will include explanation of why science occurs in National Parks, and other detailed park information, with the intent that the movies convey factual park information, the importance of why studying a particular resource is vital to achieving NPS goals, and show that science is performed in National Parks.
The SLN will coordinate for the contractor, all on-site interviews with park staff, and will be present for most of the filming. Each movie will highlight the activities of a field researcher who will be shown conducting his or her own work. Although no script is involved, each video sequence will be scheduled and accompanied by an NPS liaison staffer. The liaison staff will provide a few leading questions to start the interview and the rest will follow ad lib. Normally a single researcher is in the field with a small crew of 3-4 individuals.
Title: Produce two each, 10-minute movies about scientists working in parks on climate change potentially within entire network of eight Pacific Northwest National Parks throughout Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon. Sol. #: P12PS20984 Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service Location: NPS – All Offices Posted On: Mar 17, 2012 6:54 am Base Type: Combined Synopsis/Solicitation Link: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOI/NPS/APC-IS/P12PS20984/listing.html