Alumni Documentarians

Anna Campbell '11Anna Campbell '11
Associate Producer, National Geographic Channel

Anna Campbell ’11 knew from an early age she wanted to her work in media to have an impact.

Now she works at the National Geographic Channel as an associate producer of Brain Games, a reality show aimed at by ‘making science interesting’ through an intricate series of experiments designed to reveal the inner-workings of one’s brain.

“The most rewarding part of my job now is the amazing people I work with, and being able to contribute to a show that is educating people in a fun format,” Campbell said. 

Campbell previously worked as an editor and associate producer on American Graduate Day at WNET and on MTV’s True Life as a shooter, assistant editor, and production assistant.

As a student, Anna and two of her classmates, Lauren Brauchli ’11 and River Lauren Ferris ’11, were inspired by a clip on the Today show that featured a four-year old diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, Together they decided to document the everyday trials and tribulations of this family.

“My co-producers and I traveled to Pennsylvania every weekend to film our subjects because we felt like we had a responsibility to help this family through our work,” Campbell said.

The film, Bound by Hope: One Family’s Story, won a College Television Award sponsored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. Campbell said when she found out she won a College Television Award for this project, it was "one of the most exciting and fulfilling moments of (her) life." The film also went on to win other awards and toured the country in the Black Maria Film Festival, which "promotes, illuminates, and advocates innovation in the art of film."

For another student film, Reverend Billy Runs For Mayor, Campbell traveled to New York City every weekend with other producers to film with the performance artist, Reverend Billy.

“Through the production of this documentary, I learned so much about everything from shooting to story," Campbell said. "Ithaca College allowed me to use high-end equipment for these films and provided me with professors who truly cared about my work.”  

During her semester in the Park School’s Los Angeles program, Campbell interned at Lopez Tonight and at MPH Entertainment, the company that produces The Dog Whisperer.  Through these experiences, she learned a lot about what it takes to work in the industry. During the summer before she graduated, she also had the opportunity to intern at HBO in New York City in their documentary department.


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