Ben Shedd: My 180º Rule: Our World of Opposites

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Filmmaker Ben Shedd was a Producer/Director/Co-writer for seasons 2 and 3 of NOVA.


In the last few decades, technological advancements have rewritten the rules of filmmaking. From 16mm films to IMAX formats, the cinematic industry and experience has undergone massive changes. Now more than ever, to be able to picture differently, one needs to view filmmaking and indeed life, from a completely opposite frame of reference.

Digital Filmmaking Professor Ben Shedd, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, is an Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker. Prof Ben has produced and directed 33 films and videos, including three OMNIMAX giant screen dome films.

Prof Ben’s first independent science documentary THE FLIGHT OF THE GOSSAMER CONDOR about history’s first successful human-powered airplane, received the 1978 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.

Along with his production work, Prof Ben has taught film/video production and business courses at six universities including his alma mater, the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and Princeton University.

He continues developing and using a new cinematic language for immersive media space he calls EXPLODING THE FRAME, describing giant screen dome media and 360° VR as “first person cinema experiences” flipping the rules of filmmaking on their head.

This talk was given at a TEDx event in Singapore using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.


  1. Michael Ambrosino on March 17, 2024 at 5:39 pm

    Lovely Ben.

  2. Ben Shedd on March 16, 2024 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you, Bill.

  3. Bill Cosel on March 16, 2024 at 12:53 pm

    Ben Shedd with excellent cinematographer Boyd Estus, deserved accolades for THE FLIGHT OF THE GOSSAMER CONDOR. Ben is still at it. Congrats to Ben and Boyd

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