SXSW: Fullscreen, GE Add Web Series Focused on Science in Movies

Sally Le Page - H 2015

Sally Le Page - H 2015

The first Fullscreen Creator-in-Residence will produce a series of videos for the 'Fiction Fast Forward' YouTube series.

How long will it be before we have robot companions like Chappie?

YouTube creator Sally Le Page is exploring that question and more in a new web series from Fullscreen and General Electric. 

Page, an Oxford University PhD candidate, has been posting science-related videos to YouTube for the last two years. Although her following is small — she has just over 7,000 subscribers — Fullscreen and GE have tapped her as their first creator-in-residence. Through this three-month program, she will produce science videos that educate through pop culture touch points. 

The first series launching as part of the program is Fiction Fast Forward, in which Le Page explains how much science is really incorporated into popular sci-fi films. The goal is to speak with scientists and people involved in the films to explore how real the science in sci-fi is. In the first episode, previewed at South By Southwest in Austin, she speaks to robotics experts about how long it will take before she has a robot best friend inspired by the character in Sony's Chappie

"In a lot of sci-fi films, people don't know ho much is science and how much is fiction," explains Le Page. 

Science programming is prevalent on YouTube but not as well known as beauty, gaming and fashion content. Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos says that the content does well with targeted audiences. "The beauty of online video is the ability to target these niche audiences and speak to them really well," he says. "Science is one of those great opportunities to do exactly that." 

Le Page, a biologist in the United Kingdom, says she grew up watching science programming on TV and has long wanted to find a way to become the host of a science show. But she turned to YouTube to gain experience. "I thought, if I want a career making science programs, I've got no experience so I might as well try it myself," she says. "YouTube is so democratic. You don't have the same gatekeepers."