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Palaeontological Association Fossil Video Tender

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The Association wishes to produce a series of six one-minute educational videos targeted at the general public. The series, ‘How fit are you?’ will focus on themes of morphological adaptation and fitness in response to environmental and ecological change. Eachvideo will feature ca 45 seconds of footage featuring a palaeontologist speakingto camera, and stills of key fossils and equipment. Each video should also include ca 15 seconds of animation that supports key concepts. The video series will constitute the initial content for a new PalAss YouTube Channel. The successful tenderer will be responsible for filming, editing, and delivery of the animated content [and for provision of detailed guidelines on how contributors to other elements of the YouTube channelshould film and provide video content]. The presenter will be selected by the Palaeontological Association Council via an open competitive process. All filming will take place in the UK. The objectives of the series are to explain key concepts in modern palaeontology to the public in an accessible and engaging/entertaining way,and to stimulate further interest in palaeontology and science more broadly.

Instructions to tenderers

For responses to any queries, tenderers should contact the Association’s Outreach Officer (Dr Lucy McCobb; or Education Officer (Dr Maria McNamara;

Criteria for the evaluation of tender returns

Evaluation criteriaWeighting %
Filming of video content10
Production of video content20
Production ofanimated content10
Production ofscientific content10
Total for experience criteria50
Proposal criteria
Feasibility of proposed schedule of activity30
Value for money of proposed budget20
Total for proposal criteria50
Grand total100

Briefing and information notes

Creation of the video serieswill involve:

  • the filming of video content on location around the UK(one location per video).
  • editing and production of video content.
  • production of animated contentto explain key concepts.
  • completed videos should include the Association’s logo and subtitles.
  • completed videos should include background music.
  • the Association will provide the script/storyboard and details of what the animation should show.

Filming and production of the series should be completed by end August 2019.

Form of tender and tender submissions

Submission requirements

Applicants should submit:

  • a CV outlining the applicant’s track record in video production;
  • links to up to five recent published videos;
  • a cover letter detailing their suitability for the position;
  • a projectplan (maximum 2 A4 pages), including:
    • Proposed schedule
    • Indicative budget

Submission deadline

Applications should be submitted via email to by 31st January 2019.

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