The Carsey-Wolf Center’s Coastal Media Project is a new nine-week intensive environmental media production and documentary studies program. Working in teams, students from a wide variety of backgrounds will produce content including short documentary films that focus on our coastal environment. This twelve-credit program is designed to expand the way vital stories are told. It will train students to be thoughtful and informed environmental media makers with knowledge of documentary modes and a toolbox of possibilities for creative intervention, including hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment. The program will culminate in an end of summer film premiere in UCSB’s Pollock Theater.
The program is open to current undergraduate and graduate students from UCSB or other institutions by application only. All candidates who completed an application by the March 1 primary consideration deadline have been notified of their application status and the program is currently full. Please complete an application form to join the waitlist for any spaces that may become available.
Chris Jenkins is head of production at the UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies, and the instructor for the GreenScreen program. He has been behind the lens of several notable documentaries including Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, The Matador, Riverwebs, CAFWA, Marley and Lost Crops. His work has aired on Netflix, PBS, NHK, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, Travel Channel and Sundance Channel, among others. Prior to receiving his Masters degree in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University, Chris worked in East Africa as a United Nations Volunteer and in southern Chile as an Ambassadorial Scholar.
Ian Kellett is an accomplished field producer, cinematographer, storyteller and performer. Working with National Geographic, BBC, WoodsHole Oceanographic Institution and Ocean X, Ian produced dozens of expeditions connecting media to innovative ocean solutions.
Ian enthusiastically explores new media-landscapes and is endlessly curious about designing innovative outreach strategies. As a director of photography he lensed award winning films including National Geographic’s Defender of the Wild and several globally distributed TV series including Pacific Abyss and Oceans. His lifelong passion is to create transformative experiences and stories that support thriving stewardship of aquatic systems. Ask him about building an editing studio inside a mobile shipping container and the challenges of project managing the design and build of the most advanced deep sea cinematography cameras in the world. An enthusiastic advocate for environmental science and emotional storytelling, Ian has an abiding curiosity for innovative distribution and emergent media technologies. He is a passionate teacher who loves to explore the psychology of influence and how to attune audiences to the natural world.
Janet Walker is Professor of Film and Media Studies at UCSB and participating faculty in the campus’s Interdepartmental PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society. With research specializations in documentary film, trauma and feminist studies, and environmental media, Walker’s books include Feminism and Documentary (co-edited with Diane Waldman), Trauma Cinema, Documentary Testimonies (co-edited with Bhaskar Sarkar), and Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment (co-edited with Nicole Starosielski). Her essays with a specific focus on environmental justice have appeared in the online journals Media Fields (2018) and NECSUS (2018) and in the 2020 volume Media and Risk. She is honored to have collaborated on the program Water Is Life: Standing with Standing Rock (videos available here) and on a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on the theme of Energy Justice in Global Perspective. She is a founding co-editor of the open access University of California Press and Carsey-Wolf Center sponsored journal Media+Environment.
The program is open to students in all majors, and admission is by permission of the instructors. Students must complete this admissions form by Tuesday, March 1, 2022 for primary consideration. Students will be notified of their admission status by email by Friday, March 18, 2022. Admitted students will receive further information about enrolling in the program and applying for fellowships. After March 18, any remaining spots in the program will be filled on a rolling basis.
The following three courses are required for all Coastal Media Project students. Students are not allowed to audit any of the courses. Accepted students will receive add codes via email for each of the courses listed below. Once the add codes have been received, students can register online via the GOLD system.
Session A (June 21 – July 29)
FAMST 109EM – Introduction to Environmental Media Production (4 units)
Instructors: Chris Jenkins and Ian Kellett
TTh 9:00 – 11:50 AM
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 21 – July 8)
FAMST 182 – Introduction to Environmental Media (4 units)
Instructor: Janet Walker
MWF 9:00 AM – 12:50 PM
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.
Session F (August 1- August 18)
FAMST 109EP – Advanced Environmental Media Production (4 units)
Instructors: Chris Jenkins and Ian Kellett
Schedule: TTh 9:00 – 11:50 AM
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 Pollock Theater on the last day of the session.
Current and incoming UCSB students who are admitted to the Coastal Media Project are invited to apply for Benioff Ocean Initiative fellowships. Generously funded by Marc and Lynne Benioff, the Benioff Ocean Initiative at UC Santa Barbara seeks to tangibly improve the health of the oceans by harnessing the power of scientists, innovators, and communities to fix solvable problems facing marine ecosystems.
The Benioff Ocean Initiative Environmental Media Fellowship supports students in the Coastal Media Project, and empowers the next generation of spokespeople for ocean issues. UCSB students who have been admitted to the program and have unmet financial need will have the opportunity to apply for a Benioff Ocean Initiative Environmental Media Fellowship.
The Benioff Ocean Initiative is committed to promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our field of marine science. We proactively strive to bring the voices, intellect, and talents of people of all colors, backgrounds, and identities into science and conservation. We encourage students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in science to apply for this fellowship application.
Please complete this form by Monday, May 2, 2022 to apply. Applicants will be notified of their application status by Monday, March 16.
Advisory board members:
Alenda Chang, Film and Media Studies
Mona Damluji, Film and Media Studies
Chris Jenkins, Film and Media Studies
Melody Jue, English
Constance Penley, Film and Media Studies
Janet Walker, Film and Media Studies
May I take other classes in conjunction with the Coastal Media Project? How time intensive is the program?
Accepted students should not plan on taking any other courses outside of the program. Coastal Media Project courses will require a significant time commitment from students, both inside the classroom and in the field.
Will the program take place in person? May I participate remotely?
At this point, the program is scheduled to take place in person, and is not designed for remote participation.
What is the cost of tuition and fees for the Coastal Media Project?
Visit this page for current UCSB summer sessions fees.
Are there any financial resources/stipends to help cover costs?
Complete financial aid packages are available for all new and continuing UCSB students. Students may contact the Financial Aid Office (805-893-2432), or go to the Financial Aid website, for all questions related to obtaining financial aid. UCSB students with demonstrated financial need will also be eligible to apply for a Benioff Ocean Initiative Fellowship.
How do I learn about student housing?
Limited housing is available through the UCSB Campus Housing. The online application process opens in mid April, and students should plan to apply as soon as the housing application opens. Visit this page to learn more.