How many times have you seen (or given!) a presentation where the audience’s eyes glazed over with boredom or exhaustion? How do we communicate ideas that are important to us in a way that’s meaningful to our audiences? Can we make complex science and deep data meaningful to non-expert audiences? Interestingly, directorial and editing techniques that have long been used in movies correspond with some of the best practices derived from cognitive research about how we can engage our audiences in the delivery of our ideas. This multidisciplinary talk looks at how we can create highly engaging and impactful presentations for our community, project, and funding partners by utilizing these techniques.