Science communication & outreach

 translate your research and tell your story

Our Process

We understand that science communication & outreach is a crucial part of contemporary research. We work with grant writers, principles and researchers across disciplines to mold research into focused stories the public can understand. moreover, we are experienced in communicating scientific concepts and processes. In the field or at the lab, expand your audience and broaden your impact through our science Communication & outreach Photography and video production.



Initially, we dive into your science to discover the compelling threads in your work and explore areas that resonate with a broad audience.




Additionally, we work alongside professors, researchers, and PhD candidates to map their audience, select the platform and form a narrative to illustrate their work.



Once a grant is approved, we produce impactful media to share your science with the world. This includes the classroom, presentations, conferences, C.V.s, websites, and future grant applications.

how we do it

Cairns Film is a digitally native science communication & outreach photography and video production company creating all content in-house alongside the best equipment in the game. We are experienced shooting underwater, in class IV whitewater, at cliff’s edge, on mountains in blizzards and wherever else we need to find the best story.


  • Sony cameras with 10 bit ProRes 4K capabilities

  • DJI drones with 10 bit capabilities

  • Cinema lens package

  • Ronin gimbals
  • Mobile Zoom audio recorders

  • RAID Storage System and Solid State Drives

  • DaVinci Resolve

  • Audacity

  • Adobe Suite

  • Professional lighting and backdrops

licenses & certifications

  • AIARE Avalanche Saftey

  • FAA Commercial Drone License

  • SCUBA Open Water

  • Swiftwater Rescue
  • Wilderness First Responder

featured project

Produced and written by Dr. Lindsey K. Alberston of Montana State University and directed and edited by Greg Cairns and Chet Stefan of Cairns Film. In partnership with the National Science Foundation, Montana State University, San Francisco State University, and the Stroud Water Research Center.

Dr. Albertson often uses this film in presentations on her research. She has two typical audiences; grade school students, and professional researchers at conferences. We thoroughly enjoyed working with macro photography on this project. Science communication & outreach brings together elements of science video production, outdoor video production, and nature video production to create new and unique perspectives.

Production Images



“Greg and his team at Cairns Film are insightful, organized, and professional. Designing projects with them was fun, and the outcome of my final film was better than I hoped for. I highly recommend him!


Albertson lab, montana state university
“Greg does great work! I worked with Greg on an educational science outreach production. Not only does the production look great, but in my experience he does just as good of a job of understanding his clients needs and message. The approach that Greg takes is one that is truly important when communicating science (along with the many other important topics covered with his work) to a broad audience.”


Ben Tumolo, Ph.D candidate, montana state university

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All content created by Cairns Film is unique, original, and praised by many. If our work and style is of interest to you, we’d love to hear about how we can come alongside you and do what we do best, so that you can continue doing what you do best.



PHONE: (406) 219-5921