Carbon Trace Productions in 2021

Carbon Trace Productions in 2021

It is so gratifying and humbling to see all these faces because I know each one has an incredible story that we helped tell.

This is our highlight reel with all of the new faces and new stories we have told, despite the many hurdles we faced.  Not only did we learn a thing or two, but we brought student filmmakers along with us. When times get tough at Carbon Trace Productions, I try to refer back to our mission.

Carbon Trace Productions promotes a deeper understanding of people and humanitarian issues while educating students in the art of documentary filmmaking.

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I promise you will feel like you are walking in someone else’s shoes, if only for a moment.


“16 Weeks” Launches Indiegogo Campaign

“16 Weeks” Launches Indiegogo Campaign

16 Weeks showcases the lives of Missouri State University students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student films like “16 Weeks” rely on a large number of small donations to reach our goals. The production team is humbled and grateful for donations of any size.

Sponsors’ funding will go toward:

Entering “16 Weeks” into film festivals


Renting a space for the film’s premiere

Travel to festivals and contests

Fulfilling donor perks

Physical and digital advertising and promotion

Learn More HERE

16 Weeks, a social media documentary, is the first collaboration project between Carbon Trace Productions, a Springfield non-profit film studio, and The Standard, Missouri State’s independent, student-led newspaper.

Relying on volunteer-generated content in the form of vlog-style videos captured on smartphones, 16 Weeks offers a unique perspective on the new reality of social distancing, masking, and virtual learning from the perspective of about eight Missouri State students and one professor. Formal interviews with content creators and university administration supplement the vlog content, alongside The Standard’s news coverage related to COVID-19, the 2020 Presidential Election, and other events.

16 Weeks teaches what it means for college students to be involved in a global pandemic. There is a lot to learn about the human condition, and the film provides insight into the thoughts and emotions of the Missouri State community through introspective, reflective, and earnest videos from our content creators.

By the end of the documentary, students either celebrate that they’ve endured the 16-week semester, or they lament the sacrifices they had to make to further their education.
16 Weeks is currently in post-production and is estimated to be completed in spring 2021.

For updates about the production, follow 16 Weeks @16WeeksDoc on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

The Carbon Trace Podcast

The Carbon Trace Podcast

This is the first of the Spring 2021 episodes of “The Carbon Trace Podcast.”
Our host, Katie Saltkill, interviews directors and producers from Carbon Trace documentaries – both past and current.

You will hear her speak with director Shane Franklin from the documentary film “Witness at Tornillo,” followed by an interview with director Greta Cross and producer Diana Dudenhoeffer from the current student documentary film “16 Weeks.”



Support Nonprofit Documentary Filmmaking:

Carbon Trace can provide significant guidance in developing, funding, producing, and distributing a documentary film. For high school students wishing to learn more about documentary filmmaking, Missouri State University offers degrees in digital filmmaking, media production, journalism, and other associated areas.

To participate in the documentary education provided through the Carbon Trace Team, we encourage you to apply for a filmmaking internship, submit a documentary idea, or apply to become a volunteer using the forms below.

Join Carbon Trace as a student volunteer

Apply for an internship

Submit a documentary idea