Actuality Media takes students and young filmmakers to developing communities around the globe to create positive media - short documentaries that tell the story of changemakers doing good work to solve social or environmental problems in innovative, replicable ways.
Actuality Media Programs
Use your talent as a filmmaker to research, write, shoot and edit a short documentary video about a changemaker whose work is worthy of worldwide attention. Your compelling...
Actuality Media Reviews
Morocco 2017 review
Submitted by Fern - Macquarie University | November 17, 2017
Overall, the program was a valuable learning and life experience. Concerningly, however, Actuality Media did not arrange for Moroccan filming permits, resulting in the police shutting down our shoot and our changemaker having to pay a bribe.
Nicaragua Doc Outreach
Submitted by sonny - San Francisco United States | September 27, 2017
It's impossible not to learn a ton from the process of making a documentary start to finish in a few weeks in a foreign country. You learn a lot about the storytelling process, you learn a lot about the organization that you're working with, you learn about the culture, and you learn about your place as a foreigner and filmmaker. The program was mostly hands-off, basically you partnering with other students and going at the filmmaking process on your own. It was challenging in so many ways but really rewarding and a lot of fun.
As far as criticism goes, perhaps you would get higher quality instruction or a more motivated peers in a more academic program. Only do this program if you are looking for a mix of fun, touristy experiences, and film experiences. As far as balancing those two things, this program is pretty good. You will have fun, hang out, and make a film at the same time.
Incredible program for all aspiring filmmakers
Submitted by dmccaff - Lehigh University | September 11, 2017
This program provides an incredible opportunity to go abroad, learn a lot about documentary filmmaking, and meet incredible people. You get to be a part of a film crew and create a film about a non profit organization. From research to planning to shooting to editing, the amount of experience I gained will be crucial to my future.
Documentary outreach to Nicaragua
Submitted by sami_pwll - - | September 09, 2017
I loved my experience with Actuality Media on the documentary outreach to Nicaragua. I learned a lot and had a fun time, not just with the students in my program and the supervisors, but the local we met as well.
Submitted by JemmaG - Washington state university | November 02, 2016
I went abroad with actuality media the summer of 2016 from May to June in Bolivia. Overall I would 100 percent recommend this program to any students who think documentaries or film might be for them. it is a HUGE learning experience you cannot get anyway else but being there and doing it. The food was hard for me because I don't eat meat so take into account nutrition since you'll most likely be going to a third world country like I did. The excursions are very heavily hiking based so if you don't like that you might want to chill at the hostel. My only regret with this program is the fact that I went as a producer. I had never worked on a group film project or been a producer so that was a big element of stress for me because I didn't want to let anyone down. Really make sure the position you sign up for is in your field of interest because mine wasn't at all. I would also suggest the people at actuality media update their filming equipment because it was a bit old and we ended up using a crew memebers camera. All that aside if you're thinking about going... do it! You'll never regret an experience in a new culture!