Imagine the thriller…

Scene from Particle Fever, in the ATLAS control room at CERN. Credit: CERN

Remember Particle Fever, the Higgs boson cliffhanger?

Imagine the thriller pitting matter against antimatter — and the audacious team of scientists that build a machine to look far back in time and uncover the mystery of how matter triumphed…

Although a special set of circumstances came together to propel the making of Particle Fever – with Mark Levinson (former theoretical physicist) and David Kaplan (physicist and professor at Johns Hopkins University) providing massive “pedal power” — we at DUNE and LBNF nevertheless want to be poised to both create and take advantage of opportunities to tell our story. Whether a feature-length theater release is in our future or not, a joint team from LBNF/DUNE and Fermilab’s Creative Services Department is working on a plan to collect high-quality footage that will visually document important steps and photogenic moments throughout the development and construction of the detectors and facilities.

Cast of Particle Fever at a panel discussion. Creator/producer David Kaplan is at far left; director/producer Mark Levinson is fourth from left.

A number of compelling videos and animations about DUNE and LBNF — and many, many photographs — already exist, thanks to efforts by teams and individuals at Fermilab, CERN, SURF, and other partner sites. It is important to continue these creative efforts and, as we move ahead, to build on them and organize them. Collecting, storing and curating the material in a systematic way will ensure that it is available for a variety of future uses.

Several production companies have already contacted Fermilab about the potential for creating documentary films about LBNF and DUNE. News organizations are also showing interest. Andre Salles, the media contact at Fermilab for DUNE and LBNF, has also begun actively reaching out to various media outlets.

“We often get requests from outside producers who are able to send people out to get some interviews and local footage, but they generally need additional footage that, for many reasons, only we can provide,” said Jim Shultz, of Fermilab’s Creative Services Department. “Having a repository of footage available for these producers helps the lab tell our story to wider audiences than we alone could reach.”

LBNF and DUNE will continue to rely on the visual media staff at Fermilab, CERN and SURF, but imagine the material that additional “eyes and ears” from the collaboration itself could capture: the delicate procedures, the ad hoc activities, and maybe even occasional moments of hilarity!

The team expects to begin recruiting LBNF and DUNE collaborators who demonstrate interest and ability in activities both behind the camera and in front of it. Does this sound interesting to you?

If so, keep your “eyes and ears” open for more information!

Meanwhile, remember that your team and your work are part of the story and send your ideas for video opportunities to kurtr@fnal.gov.