Featured Event: Visual Essays for Public Citizen by FIDM Digital Media Students Being Shown at Brentwood Theater June 12

Brentwood Theater is hosting an event where four visual essays developed by Digital Media Alumni from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising will be shown on June 12 at 6:30 p.m. The event is called Stand Up for Main Street, an “all-star comedy benefit” for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy nonprofit organization.


Prior to the comedy show, the theater will be presenting the videos on the topics of public issues such as alternative energy and substance abuse. The organizer and host, Steve Skrovan, has also invited the FIDM Digital Media Alumni R.J. Somerville, Katie Mead, Chris Mumford and Brandon Augustus Ramirez as guests, who created the videos while attending FIDM under the direction of FIDM Digital Media Instructor Ryan Nellis.

Over the course of 10 weeks, the students used After Effects to animate graphics, kinetic typography, illustration, photography, and videos, all with voiceover, and using scripts written by Public Citizen to bring the public issues to life, says Nellis.

“The project has been incredibly rewarding as the students have expanded their knowledge of important issues with an end result that will hopefully encourage other young people to take action, maybe even make their own films,” says Nellis.

For more information about the Stand Up for Main Street event, click here.

Watch the four videos below:

America’s Drug Problem by FIDM Digital Media Student Brandon Augustin Ramirez:

Become a Public Citizen by FIDM Digital Media Student Chris Mumford:

Renewable Energy by FIDM Digital Media Student R.J. Somerville:

Wall Street by FIDM Digital Media Student Kate Mead:

Watch more videos developed by FIDM Digital Media Students for Public Citizens on Youtube, here.

Read more articles about Digital Media here.


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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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