Documentary Outreach Course

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Studying abroad with Actuality Media, students travel to a developing community to produce a short documentary film. Every Actuality Media project focuses on a local changemaker: an individual or organization working to solve a chronic social or environmental problem in an innovative way. Working as a Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor or Audio Designer, crew members collaborate to make a short film from research to delivery in four weeks.

After researching the changemaker organization’s activities and impact through site visits and interviews, crews select a real life character to structure their documentary around. With instruction and mentorship from Production Supervisors, the crew will capture the story of their character and reveal their world.

For academic credit, please contact Actuality media and talk with your school advisor for more information.

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I recommend this program very highly. Robin and Aubrey are great leaders and I learned a lot from them about the process that goes into making an effective documentary.

If you are interested in absorbing other cultures and filmmaking, then this is a perfect opportunity. I went on one of the trips to Guatemala; every aspect about the trip was outside of my normal comfort zone. But by the end of the trip I felt like I was a stronger person, and a better filmmaker.

I am still in close contact with many of the people I went on the trip with. Some of them have even thrown a few jobs my way!

I cannot say enough nice things about Actuality Media.