The Brave New Fellows Program offers social justice advocates from communities of color and/or economically marginalized communities a one year, paid opportunity to work with Brave New Films and learn how to create and distribute media that makes a difference.
By working alongside experienced staff, fellows build practical skills in digital storytelling, production, post-production, campaign strategies, outreach, research, and social media. Fellows spend the majority of the year in one of three areas: post-production, outreach and research, or social media. The fellowship equips activists to use film to support activism, and prepares them for jobs in social justice advocacy, media, and filmmaking.
To complement the on-the-job learning, fellows also meet and network with film directors, activists, journalists, politicians and organizers, and they receive training in camera operation, database management, fundraising, and more.
The Shorts Team is responsible for developing BNF’s short films from conception to finished product. They distill complex issues and thoughts into short, quick, and compelling pieces. The Team has a story producer, editors, and a graphic designer who produce several short films per year.
The Post-Production Fellow supports this Team by searching for footage, statistics, photos, and background information to be used in films. The Fellow tracks and maintains the organization of files downloaded from the internet. The Fellow also creates full short pieces, including trailers, vignettes, playlist intros and rapid response videos, both for internal use and to add to distribution channels. Depending on the Fellow’s demonstrated ability, there may be opportunities for him/her to take on more substantial editorial assignments.
- Find video clips, facts, statistics, images, and background information from multiple and reliable sources for use in current projects;
- Ingest and organize found and original footage;
- Produce string outs of select footage for project needs;
- Search for original sources of images or creative common footage;
- Create master clip logs of final cuts - noting timecode, sources, etc.;
- Develop and edit short trailers, vignettes, and rapid response pieces;
- Review previously shot original footage to mark for reuse and add to database of footage for additional material to support larger initiatives or stand alone pieces;
- Contribute to the growth and creativity of the Team by bringing new ideas, videos and visuals to the table to provide inspiration;
- Participate actively in brainstorms and meetings, offering feedback and knowledge of current trends.
- Solid Mac-based post-production skills;
- Proficient in Adobe Premiere;
- Experience with camera set-up and operation;
- Ability to tell a compelling and coherent story;
- Politically aware;
- A consumer of films similar to the ones BNF produces;
- Desire to push oneself and a hunger to try new things;
- A plus, but not required: knowledge of After Effects, fluency in Spanish, interviewing skills, scriptwriting, production skills.
As compensation, each fellow receives $800/week for the duration of the fellowship, medical and dental insurance, and PTO. Fellows work full time (M-F, 9:00-6:00) in our Culver City, CA office.
For fellows coming from outside the United States, we assist with visa/immigration processing and compensate a portion of travel expenses. However, relocation/housing is not provided by Brave New Films.
This fellowship is a perfect fit, if you….
- Feel passionate about social justice;
- Aspire to use film to support your activism;
- Love to learn by doing and pick up skills quickly through on-the-job training;
- Welcome opportunities to gain invaluable work experience;
- Appreciate a good story and can tell a compelling one visually;
- Possess a heart for progressive politics.
How to Apply
Complete and submit the application materials at www.bravenewfilms.org/fellowships by Friday, August 4th, 6:00 PM (PST)