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Filmmaking for Activists

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Spring 2016

2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Filmmaking for Activists (FFA) is in association with Students of the World ( to serve as an introduction into the world of creative activism. The objective of this course is to discover how to utilize various film techniques to promote positive social change. Throughout the semester we will cover all aspects of filmmaking (from pre-production to filming to editing) that are necessary to convey social and political messages effectively. Our goal is to provide the practical foundations of several genres of filmmaking, through an engaging, hands-on approach. We will emphasize the power of film in the expression of activism, as well as the art of accessible cinematography and storytelling.

Students will complete two projects throughout the semester - one documentary and one narrative/experimental short. They will be expected to work closely with group members throughout pre-production, production, and post.  Class time is two hours, where workshops and lectures will take place. While some class time will be allotted to project production, expect to have to spend some time outside of class to complete your videos.

How to Enroll:

As of January 28th, the application is now live, and can be accessed here:

The form is due Monday, February 1st, at 11:59 PM, after which we will confirm with you your enrollment in the DeCal.



Course Contact: filmmakingforactivists AT


Faculty Sponsor: Emily Carpenter

Time & Location:

FFALana Lam
20156 DwinelleTh 5p-7p1/28started

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