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Using Media to Communicate Vital Stories of the Global Ocean

Students will gain the skills necessary to communicate effectively with their peers, scientists, policymakers, and the general public by producing short, compelling videos. Issues such as marine protected areas, sustainable fishing, watershed ecosystems, beach erosion, aquaculture, and others will be closely studied, providing a foundation for the research necessary to produce an informative film. Techniques of digital video camera operations, sound gathering, lighting, and editing with industry standard Final Cut Pro will also be covered.

This 4-course summer program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. Questions can be addressed to Emily Zinn at ezinn@carseywolf.ucsb.edu To apply, fill out the Blue Horizons application form

2017 Courses: All Four Courses are Required

 

Session A (June 26 - August 4)

FLMST 182 – Introduction to Environmental Media (4 units) – Richard Hutton 

Schedule: T/TH 9:00 - 11:50 in Social Science and Media Studies Room 2303

This course ties the acquisition of critical viewing skills for film to the practice of conceiving and writing short environmental documentaries. Students screen narrative films and documentaries, deconstruct them, and use their new proficiency to write their own documentary treatments. 

FLMST 109EM - Introduction to Environmental Media Production (4 units) - Michael Hanrahan

Schedule: M/W 9:00 - 11:50 in Social Science and Media Studies Room 2303

This course is designed to give students the core skills needed to conceptualize, capture, edit, and deliver short-form documentaries with an environmental theme. Basic aspects of cinematography, lighting, sound and editing are covered.

Session D (June 26 - July 14)

ENVS 193BH - Issues in Marine Conservation (2 units) - Kristi Birney

Schedule: T/TH 1:00 - 2:20 in Social Science and Media Studies Room 2303 and W 12:30 - 3:00 Field Trips

This three week course surveys the major threats currently facing California marine ecosystems and many proposed approaches for mitigating threats and sustainably managing ecosystems. Case studies will be used to highlight the biological, socio-economic, and political aspects of marine conservation. This course will be compressed into the first weeks of the summer so that Blue Horizons students will be able to select the topic of their environmental film from a range of local ocean related issues.

  

Session F: (August 7- August 25)

FLMST 109EP - Advanced Environmental Media Production (4 units) - Michael Hanrahan

Schedule: M/W 9:00 - 11:50 in Social Science and Media Studies Room 2303

This course will have students in the field autonomously producing a short-form digital documentary. Emphasis will be on development of creative style and storytelling. To be taken immediately following FLM ST 109EM. Student-produced documentaries will premiere in the state-of-the-art Pollock Theater on the last day of the session.