In this project-based course, we will collaborate to produce a nonfiction television program discussing sustainability and energy issues. Students will collectively serve all roles in the project, from research and writing, to shooting and editing, resulting in a team-based environment with tight deadlines. Visiting filmmakers and experts will offer project guidance, with the final project shown on local cable, online, and possibly in conjunction with the website Planet Forward. Students will create a team with a range of experience and expertise – prior video production or environmental studies experience is preferred but not required.
If you’re thinking about taking this course, you should know a few things. First, this is a project-based course, meaning it will not focus on discussing shared readings or screenings or learning specific content. Instead, the entire class will be focused on making and doing, creating the television program and exploring the process of collaborative creativity. Grades will be based on being a productive part of the team, not individual work.
The official schedule will have the class meeting around 3 hours a week. However, the nature of the project will require many more hours of collaborative work, both in the production labs and in the field. Students with major time constraints should consult with Professor Mittell as to whether they will be able to dedicate the needed time to the course. Working on such projects can be stressful and time-consuming, but will hopefully be outweighed by the excitement, energy, and sense of teamwork fostered by collaborative creativity.
If you have any questions about the class, please email Professor Mittell or post them in the comments below.