Hollywood physics is a variation of a physics show that is based on identifying and explaining mistakes in Hollywood films in physics terms. Clips from different feature films are shown and the public has to guess what part of the film does not make sense in reality.
- Adult citizens
- Children 7-12
You can do it with all those groups, but we did it with professionals from different fields like public engagement or the cultural and creative sector.
To make science fun. The concept applies science to something familiar but also allows for the audience to poke fun at how science is sometimes stretched a little when coming up with a fun story.
- Work with scientists with experience of presenting shows or a business or organisation that does physics shows.
- Choose one or several science fiction films likely to be well known to the audience.
- Choose an event space that can accommodate your audience, but also has the audio and visual capabilities to show your movie clips.
- Market your event and share it with the local press and on social media.
The activity has become a much-loved part of the European Researchers’ Night in Stockholm. It’s organised by the Department of Physics at Stockholm University.
Often it is possible to make the shows spectacular and interesting, while clearly related to research in physics. Usually held on a stage, in a place with high footfall or
in an easily accessible venue. By holding the show outside, it can be a good way to attract an audience and entice visitors indoors to participate in other activities. To
organise a good show it is best to work with a scientists who has experience of presenting shows or a business or organisation that does physics shows.