The Film/Media Production Clinic (FMPC) provides students with real-world opportunities to produce broadcast-quality content for non-profit organizations.
Today, non-profit organizations need high-end media productions to reach a wider audience, educate clients, connect with members, and solicit donors. All too often, non-profits lack the technical and financial means to produce these sophisticated works.
Similarly, many students have the technical knowledge to operate a camcorder or cut a scene in iMovie. Yet, fewer students learn the aesthetic and creative skills to make distinctive media with discernable impact.
The Film/Media Production Clinic addresses these two issues by pairing aspiring student filmmakers with non-profits in need of polished media productions.
Every year, the clinic solicits applications from non-profits with media needs. Selected projects are then partnered with a class that works with the non-profit to visualize and produce a polished, high-impact media production.
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 two PSAs for The Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco as a final project.