Granada | Nicaragua
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Interns will travel to Nicaragua for ten weeks for an intensive documentary production internship. Each group of 4 interns will be working together, along with an Actuality Media Production Manager to produce character driven documentary films about local changemakers. Each week of the internship will be devoted to a different stage of the filmmaking process including: research, casting, writing, prep, shooting, and editing. Once the films are complete, they will be distributed through a variety of internet channels including Social Earth, Documentary Tube, SnagFilms, Blip.tv, iTunes, and Vimeo. They will also be submitted to film festivals in Oregon. We are in the process of developing a new online platform that will include tools for impact and engagement measurement. Some films will be submitted to their local PBS affiliate for potential broadcast.
About the Organization
Actuality Media coordinates international service learning opportunities for media students. While learning the art and practice of documentary filmmaking our crews tell stories about changemakers around the world. Also known as social entrepreneurs, changemakers are individuals and organizations that are making a sustainable impact on chronic social or environmental problems. There are countless changemakers operating around the world and nobody knows about them. The Actuality Media student crews aim to bring their story to the world’s stage.
In each of our programs students travel to a foreign country and live in a developing community for the duration of production. Under the guidance of an Actuality Media production manager, who supervises all aspects of the program from start to finish, each four person crew researches, writes, shoots and edits a documentary film entirely on location. With support from Actuality Media the crew shares the films far and wide according to the distribution strategy they develop.
A group of four interns will be working together, along with an Actuality Media Production Manager to produce character driven documentary films about local changemakers. Each group will either make two short documentaries, or one feature length documentary during the course of the internship. Each week of the internship will be devoted to a different stage of the filmmaking process including: research, casting, writing, prep, shooting, and editing.
The interns will be the primary crew for the production of the films serving as Producer Director, Cinematographer, and Editor as well as having additional responsibilities. Regular briefings and instruction will be provided to the interns at each stage of production, led by the Actuality Media supervisor. The production process will be highly collaborative, with each person involved in every stage to some degree.
Once completed, Actuality Media will finish the films with professional color correction, sound mixing and delivery. Films will be submitted to film festivals and other distribution outlets, as agreed by the groups.
The learning objectives for interns with Actuality Media are:
• film research
• writing a pitch
• writing a story outline
• writing a shot list
• operating a HD video camera and tripod
• operating a shotgun microphone
• managing natural lighting
• photography and composition
• creating and editing visual assembly
• creating and editing rough cut
• creating and editing fine cut
• sound design
• basic color correction
Here is an example of a previous student's documentary:
# of Positions per term
Multiple-Need at least 4 interns
Fall Term (September-December)
Duration of Internship
All majors may apply. Preference will be given to film or media majors.
Prior experience with video production preferred, but not required.
Total costs vary depending on how long you plan to be abroad, where you will be living, your personal spending habits, and current exchange rates. The following estimates will give you a ballpark figure for this internship. Get help with the math from our handy Cost Calculator.
ALL ESTIMATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
IE3 Program Fee
The IE3 program fee is $3450 for the first term for both in-state and out-of-state students and $1000 for each additional term. This fee includes up to 12 credits per term, and is charged in lieu of tuition. Visit your University's IE3 page for details regarding campus administrative fees.
Estimated One-Time Expenses
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Additional Expense Information
The Host Site Fee for Actuality Media includes:
• Room and board for 10 weeks in a private apartment with a kitchen
• Pre-departure information and preparation materials
• Use of local cell phone
• Local translator and changemaker liaison
• Initial research and introduction to local changemakers
• Instruction and support in documentary storytelling on location
• Editorial equipment for each crew
• Airport transfers for arrival and departure
• Local public transportation for production purposes
• Use of group meeting facilities
• Legal documentation and releases for production
• Visa documentation for travel, if needed
In order for Actuality Media to run their internship program in Nicaragua, they will need at least four interns. If you are interested in the Actuality Media opportunity, please also indicate a second and third choice in the "Additional Applicant Questions" questionnaire in the IE3 online application.
To learn more about Actuality Media, visit their website.