Designed to scoop up samples of Martian rock in search of the remnants of ancient life, NASA’s Perseverance rover may finally answer the question: Are we alone? The engineers and scientists working on this mission share their experiences as Perseverance makes its historic landing on Mars in Feb 2021. Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Co-Producer and Editor: Jedd Ehrmann (PBS/NOVA 2021).
The OSIRIS-REx team attempts to grab a piece of an ancient asteroid named Bennu and bring it back to Earth in the hopes it will reveal secrets to how life on planet Earth emerged. Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann (PBS/NOVA- 2020).
On July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto taking the first detailed images of the dwarf planet. Randall Productions documented the mission through the eyes of its team members; many had worked on the mission for decades. Finalist- New York Film Festivals. Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann. Animation: Ed Bell (PBS/NOVA-2015).
Randall Productions follows the New Horizons team on their second mission, the flyby of an object 4 billion miles from Earth, the farthest flyby in space exploration history. MU69, an ancient rock in the outer solar system, holds clues to one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy: how the planets of our solar system formed. Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann. Animation: Ed Bell (PBS/NOVA- 2019).
After 13 years of exploring Saturn and its moons, one of the most successful missions in space exploration history, the Cassini-Huygens Mission, comes to an end. This hour documents the team’s many accomplishments and follows team members as their beloved spacecraft came to a fiery end on September 15, 2017. Finalist- Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann. Animation: Ed Bell. (PBS/NOVA-2017)
The James Webb Space Telescope is designed to peer deep into the universe to solve some of astronomy’s greatest cosmological mysteries. This film takes us behind the scenes, and through the eyes of the engineers and scientists who have struggled to get their revolutionary telescope off the ground, we find out what it was like to experience the ups and down of this complex mission. Aired on PBS/NOVA July 13, 2022.
The story of George Washington’s distillery is told by James Anderson, Washington’s farm manager. Produced for the History Channel in association with The Museum and Education Center at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Part of the permanent exhibit since 2006.
Using still images, re-enactments and Lincoln’s letters, we explored Lincoln’s final days. Lincoln is played by Fritz Klein, one of the nation’s best known reenactors of Abraham Lincoln. Part of a four-part series produced for the History Channel. (2009)
Using still images, re-enactments and Lincoln’s letters, we explored his hardscrabble childhood. Lincoln is played by Fritz Klein, one of the nation’s best known reenactors of Abraham Lincoln. Part of a four-part series produced for The History Channel. (2009)
Produced for ABC News Productions, “Friendly Fire” follows a story of an American soldier killed by American troops in a blunder during the Gulf War; the circumstances of his death covered up by the military and only revealed following a Senate investigation. The program explores friendly fire incidents in other countries and throughout history. Directed and Produced by Avner Tavori (TLC- 2000).
Robert Townsend, a member of George Washington’s spy ring, tells the story of Washington’s network of daring spies that operated in British-held New York during the American Revolution. Produced for the History Channel in association with The Museum and Education Center at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Directed by Terri Randall. Written by Steve Reich. Part of the permanent exhibit since 2006.
Using cutting-edge technologies, scientists are learning what happens while we sleep and trying to answer the question: If sleep is so important, why do so many of us have such a hard time doing it? Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann (PBS/NOVA-2020.)
Does everyone’s brain have untapped genius just waiting for the right circumstances to be unleashed? From a man who can immediately name the day of the week of any date in history to a “memory athlete” who can remember strings of hundreds of random numbers, David Pogue meets people stretching the boundaries of what the human mind can do. (NOVA Science Now- 2012). Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann.
There’s no place on Earth like it: the Dead Sea. Its salt-encrusted shores were the backdrop of Old Testament drama and the source of Cleopatra’s beauty treatments. Even today, its striking teal waters and extreme chemistry capture the imagination. But the Dead Sea is dying. Scientists team up with governments of the region in an epic effort to save the Dead Sea. But complex scientific uncertainties and challenging political realities could put this epic project in jeopardy. (PBS/NOVA 2019). Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Co-Producer: Avner Tavori. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann
Machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But humanoid robots—machines with human-like capabilities—have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now. Fueled by an ambitious DARPA challenge, the race is on to design a robot that can replace humans in disaster relief situations. NOVA investigates the cutting-edge technologies that are advancing robotics—and the enormous challenges that robots still face. Finalist- Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. (PBS/NOVA 2016). Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann.
What gives metals their astounding characteristics? From the perfect ring of a bronze bell to the awe-striking steel construction of Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” stadium, how have humans perfected metalworking? And how have metals enabled our modern hi-tech world? (PBS/NOVA- 2016. Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann.
Ground Zero Supertower” examines the new skyscraper, One World Trade Center, rising 104 stories and 1,776 feet from the site where the Twin Towers once stood. NOVA also goes underground to see another engineering marvel taking shape: the National September 11 Memorial Museum that will house almost a thousand artifacts from that devastating day. (PBS/NOVA 2013). Writer/Producer/Director: Terri Randall. Editor: Jedd Ehrmann.
The annual Flame Challenge contest is part of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, its mission to help scientists share their work with the public. This short film, produced and directed by Terri Randall for The World Science Festival, tells the story of how Alda came up with the idea. (2014)
How close are we today to the bold promise of bionics? “Better, Stronger, Faster,” was produced and directed by Terri Randall for the World Science Festival; part of the Big Ideas Series (2014).
How does the incremental process of evolution suddenly produce, say, humans—animals who walk upright, communicate through language, and possess the brainpower to travel to the moon? In this program, some of the world’s leading thinkers in anthropology, linguistics, biology, and philosophy tackle this conundrum. Produced and directed by Terri Randall for the World Science Festival; part of the Big Ideas Series Festival (2015).
How far would you go to improve your focus, memory, or even learning ability? Would you be willing to strap on headgear that delivers electrical shocks to targeted areas of your brain? You may soon have that option. Produced and directed by Terri Randall for the World Science Festival; part of the Big Idea Series (2015).
Can life and death decisions be coded? Leading AI experts, roboticists, neuroscientists, and legal experts debate the ethics and morality of thinking machines. Produced and directed by Terri Randall for the World Science Festival: part of the Big Ideas Series (2016).
This independent production is a labor of love we have been working on for quite some time. War in the Woods is the story of the timber wars of the 1980s and ‘90s, a battle fought to protect the last grove of ancient redwoods in Northern California and one of the last company towns in America. It is a story filled with pipe bombs and pepper spray, a cautionary tale that poses more questions than it answers: What is the role of government in the preservation of natural resources? Do the rights of private companies outweigh the common good? How do we balance protecting the planet with protecting jobs? Directed by Terri Randall, written by Steven Reich.