Events & Media

Bren School Lecturers Highlighted in Coverage of Blue Horizons Program
Richard Hutton and Michael Hanrahan lead the intensive summer environmental filmmaking course

July 23, 2014

Yesterday, Bren lecturers who teach in the two-year-old Bren School Strategic Environmental Communication & Media focus were featured in a radio report about the UCSB Blue Horizons summer environmental filmmaking course, a collaboration between the Bren School and the Carsey-Wolf center for media studies at UCSB. The piece was reported by Lance Orozco, news director for Cal Lutheran University radio station KCLU.

For the four-minute story, Orozco interviewed Michael Hanrahan, a documentary filmmaker who founded the program and teaches the technical aspects of filmmaking in the Bren School focus and the Blue Horizons course, trainsing students in camera work, lighting, sound, and post-production work, including editing.

Richard Hutton, executive director of the UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center for media studies, is a highly regarded documentary film producer who also teaches a course on narrative in film for the Bren School focus. He leads a version of that class as part of the ten-week intensive Blue Horizons course, in which, for their final projects, students form small teams to create ten-minute documentary films about marine-based environmental topics. Hutton is joined byThe third component of the Blue Horizons course educates students about scientific issues related to important problems in marine environments. That piece is being taught this summer by Bren alumna LeeAnne French (MESM 2010), who worked at the Carsey-Wolf Center after graduating from the Bren School and is now associate director of communications and outreach at the UCSB National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS).

Orozco's piece traces the history of the course and the work students are doing in it, which closely resembles what students in the Strategic Environmental Communication & Media focus at Bren do during their two years at Bren.

Listen to Orozco's report.