about us

SWEET FERN PRODUCTIONS is the multimedia production company of Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck. We make unique, playful and informative video and audio stories, often with handmade elements.  We love tackling science topics, but we can do other stuff too.  We’re based in Brooklyn, New York.


FLORA LICHTMAN is a freelance video producer based in New York City.  For the past eight years she was the multimedia editor at National Public Radio’s Science Friday, where she made videos for the web and chatted about them on the radio, and she now produces science videos for the New York Times. She’s also the co-author of Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us (Wiley, 2011), writes regularly for Popular Science magazine, and enjoys fishing.


Photo by Michael Granacki

SHARON SHATTUCK is a filmmaker and freelance animator. She has worked on several award-winning documentary films and shorts, including the Emmy-nominated feature, THE CITY DARK, which aired on PBS’s POV series in 2012, and THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, premiering April 2014.  Her short video work has appeared in the New York Times, PBS, Slate, ProPublica, and Radiolab, and she’s currently working on her first feature documentary, called PROJECT DAD, about LGBT families in rural America.  She has degrees in environmental science and journalism.


CONTACT US if you like our work!   sharon [at] sweetfernproductions [dot] com

5 thoughts on “about us

  1. WOW. I really loved the wale video. The sidebar lists the equipment and software that you use. I’d love to know how you blend it all together to create the final product. do you have a video highlighting your tips and techniques?

  2. I MUST applaud you for Whale Fall, a more elegant and effective piece of animation (&heartfelt handmade animation at that!) I’ve not seen all year so far. My 5 year old God Daughter and 2 year old nephew as well as my friend’s 5 and 3 year olds are simply smitten, to say nothing of the grown ups I’ve shared it with… Brava! :)

  3. i love your work and your laugh flora lichtman, and i dearly miss your presence on Science Friday. i hope you are well.

    much good fortune, avi

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