The idea for The Film/Media Production Clinic emerged in 2009. Film/Media Studies Professor Eric Faden faced two constant requests. First, students increasingly wanted experience on high-end, broadcast quality productions. Second, outside clients-especially from the non-profit sector-sought out Faden for writing and directing commercials, PSAs, or short form documentaries.
The clinic could solve both problems by pairing aspiring Film/Media Studies students with non-profit organizations needing professional media production work. The clinic would house broadcast-quality film equipment and provide projects with faculty oversight to insure the productions' quality. In early 2011, Bucknell President John Bravman generously provided seed funding to formally establish the clinic.
In spring 2010, Faden's Film/Video Production seminar tested the waters for pairing film students with real-world clients. The classes produced the following two PSAs for The Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco as a final project.