So, apparently the U.S. military is sending some scientists to screenwriting school. The mission? To try to influence better perceptions of scientists in Hollywood films. Now, a little-known fact I don’t often share is that my high school was called The Science Academy of South Texas. It’s a magnet school for engineers-in-the-making. I was not one of these folks. But, I did gain a vast appreciation of those who care deeply about scientific pursuits. Does that make them action heroes or superstars by Hollywood standards? Not quite.
It seems an engineering professor at USC came up with the whole concept, as a means to improving the number of people seeking a career in science fields, primarily in laboraties. An excerpt from The Guardian article:
“The students at a five-day course at the American Film Institute included experts in rocket science, nanotechnology and genetics. They agreed that films such as Deep Impact, the 1998 blockbuster starring Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman, were the sort that should be emulated.”
Chalk that up as the first time anyone has probably published news stating that Deep Impact should be “emulated.” Check out the whole article here.