This is my first short this summer. It’s a 3.5 minute ramble about a tool that foresters use to measure forest density – the wedge prism. The prism is a nice intersection of the fields of ecology and physics/engineering, an example of simple ingenuity saving foresters and ecologists plenty of time. And if we look a little deeper, the principles of prism (or any angle-controlled) scoring shed light on what matters when thinking about how dense a forest is. I’ll have a little more on this (and the mysteries of basal area math) coming later.
As far as videomaking goes, this project was a exercise in two things:
1) Taking a topic that many would find dull and trying to come at it from an intriguing angle (in terms of story) to make it interesting to a wide audience (hopefully).
2) Working on my animation skills.
As always, I’d love to hear any feedback on the video.