February 1, 2018


At Actuality Media, we lead documentary education programs for storytellers who want to reveal the good in our world. Travel with us on one of our month-long Documentary Outreaches to learn, experience and practice the art of nonfiction storytelling, while producing a short documentary film featuring the work of international changemakers.

Whether you are an experienced filmmaker or just ready to learn, we want you to join us.

Our crews are made up of more than just filmmakers. We are artists and photographers, explorers and researchers, writers and journalists. Everyone arrives with varied experiences, skill levels, and diverse interests, which contribute to our documentary projects in a unique way. Together, we are a band of storytellers, armed with cameras, out to reveal to the good in our world.

Interested? Learn more.



To learn more all the trip details including schedule, lodging, meals, excursions and frequently asked questions, check out our Documentary Outreach Ebook by completing the form below.

You will be redirected to the Documentary Outreach Ebook PDF for viewing and download.



Q: Who can apply? 
A: Our past crew members have included enrolled university students, young professionals, and adults interested in expanding their knowledge about documentary production. Anyone 18 years or older with an adventurous spirit may apply.

Q: Is production experience required? 
A: No. Actuality Media programs are educational in nature. We will teach you what you need to know. 

Q: What does the program fee include? 
A: The program fee covers all your expenses in-country except for mid-day meals and your visa fee. Students receive documentary instruction and support, shared housing, two meals each day, ground transportation for production and on arrival/departure days, use of production and editorial equipment, use of group meeting facilities, one tourist excursion, legal documents, visa documents, translator access, a local cell phone per crew, and access to emergency assistance.Airfare to the program location is not included in the program fee. 

Q: What is the production schedule? 
A: Crews will work Monday - Friday with weekends off. The first week is focused on research. The second week is focused on prep. The third week is focused on shooting. The fourth week is focused on editorial. The day to day schedule will vary based on crew, changemaker and subject requirements. Students can expect 8 - 10 hour work days during the week. 

Q: What is the housing and food like? 
A: Students will stay in a secure traveler’s hostel, in multi-bunkbed, mixed gender dorm rooms. Bathrooms and showers are usually communal. The meals provided will be typical local style food that varies each day. Most locations can accommodate vegetarians, but the fare may be less varied. 

Q: Can I choose the crew I work with? 
A: If you and your friends are applying, indicate on your application and you can choose to work together on the same crew.

Q: Do we need to bring equipment? 
A: No. A production package is provided to each crew that includes all production and editorial equipment you will need. Students may choose to bring additional gear to supplement their production packages if they wish. 

Q: Do I need to speak the language? 
A: No. A translator will be made available to each crew by their partner changemaker. 

Q: Should I travel before/after the program? 
A: Yes! If you can, students are strongly encouraged to travel the country or region of the world and explore either before or after their program. 

Q: How can I apply? 
A: Visit to begin your application.



Step 1: Submit An Application
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The earlier you apply the more likely you will be accepted to your preferred location or selected for your preferred crew position.

Step 2: Online Interview
Once we receive your application you will be contacted by email to set up your interview. Interviews are ongoing during the application period. You will have a video chat with an Actuality Media team member to answer any questions you have and determine if the documentary outreach program is right for you.

Step 3: Receive An Invitation
To accept your invitation you will need to sign/return the Crew Member Agreement and submit your Program Fee Deposit. This will secure you a spot on a Documentary Outreach.

Step 4: Confirm Travel
Once you are ready to confirm your intent to travel you will submit the balance of the Program Fee. At this time you will select your preferred crew position from the positions available. If there is one particular crew position you wish to have, we recommend that you complete the application process as soon as possible.