Neutrons for Science

The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France is one of the most successful research centres in the world for materials science and one of Europe’s most longstanding and successful collaborations.

With thousands of visitors every year, the ILL wanted to create an informal but engaging overview film to be shown to visitors in the on-site cinema before they would be taken on a tour of the different areas of the research centre.

Making the film

The experimental areas inside the ILL are an overwhelming assembly of high-tech gear, pipes, cables, and enclosures.  The contrast with mountains, meadows and city outside the institute couldn’t be greater.

The client asked for a film that ‘felt French’, in a style familiar to the majority of the audience visiting the ILL. The film was to include four different research topics, plus key messages and facts about the institute.

The script is written to focus on the people working at the ILL, rather than the scientific topics directly. The characters in the film share the stories of their research, its relevance to modern life, and their passions as they work to discover new knowledge. This allows the audience to relax and avoid the feeling that they are back in a classroom to learn science.

About the film

Filmed on location at the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble; Grenoble City; The Bastille, Grenoble

Director: Martyn Bull
Writer: Martyn Bull
Producer: Thomas Delfs
Executive Producer: Jim Sutton
Director of Photography: Mark Whatmore
Editors: Liam Angell, Mike Willbourne, Irene Bonilla
Composer: Ram Khatabakhsh at Motion Sound Production
Cast: Andrew Harrison, Giovanna Fragneto, Isabelle Grillo, Ulli Koester, Jacques Ollivier, Rafik Ballou, Julian Eastoe

Production companies: insitu and Proof Communication
Client: Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France