Winner of video contest inspired by the LHC

A video contest was launched this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Centre for Earth and Space. Luke Cahill, a 27 year-old BFA graduate, has just won the contest with a movie about CERN.


Luke, who works in the film industry in Los Angeles and also takes physics classes, came across a video promoting the contest while he was browsing the American Natural History Museum website. "It seemed like a perfect opportunity to combine my passion for science with my craft of filmmaking", says Luke.

Luke decided to make a video about the LHC. To him, CERN embodies the ideals of scientific progress and discovery, continually expanding the boundaries of our knowledge. "I have never actually been to CERN but it's high on the list of places I want to visit when I travel to Europe", says Luke. There is a lot of misleading information on the Internet about CERN – especially about the LHC. Luke wanted to clarify what the LHC is doing and why. He does so with a lot of humour and respect.

While making his video, Luke was inspired by contemporary science educators, as well as by science documentaries, including Carl Sagan's "COSMOS", Jacob Bronowski's "Ascent of Man", and even early Disney science films. As he mentions in the video, "Science is, and always will be, a journey of discovery, enquiry and curiosity. It is the quest for knowledge, the method by which we can discover the inner workings of our universe and, to me, there is no venture more important."

Luke is currently producing a series of short science videos like "LHC" on a variety of topics. He looks forward to producing and directing science documentaries akin to "COSMOS" and "The Ascent of Man."

To see the video, click here.

by Laëtitia Pedroso