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Susan Bloom


MFA, University of Texas, Austin, Radio-TV-Film Production, minor in German BA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, Classics Avid Certified Instructor, Media Composer 2018 Avid Certified User, Pro Tools 2018


Bloom taught for eight years (2008-2016) at Brooks Institute of Photography in the Visual Journalism & Film Production undergraduate programs, Wedding Photography Certificate and the Master’s program in Scientific and Technological Imaging. During this time, she also intermittently chaired the Visual Journalism and Wedding Photography programs. In 2016, she led a class of 14 students that traveled to New Zealand for 6 weeks, where students created a range of projects they had pre-produced the previous semester in CA, including documentaries, photo exhibits, multimedia and shorts. Additionally, she spent two years at Humboldt State University (2017-2019) teaching film production, including narrative, doc, sound and editing. Bloom is an Avid Certified Instructor and was instrumental in converting Brooks, HSU and most recently, CSULB, into Avid Learning Partners so students could become Avid Certified Users while still in school.


Since 2010, Bloom has worked on projects with USGS and National Park Service scientists creating public outreach media about endangered endemic species on the California Channel Islands and the restoration of the islands as they move from ranching to recovered ecosystems to protected wilderness areas in some places. She is currently working on an interactive exhibit on rare plants for the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens and finishing up a feature documentary, Goodbye to All Cats, about the movement to remove cats from New Zealand, a country with one of the highest percentages of cat ownership in the world. She has also edited theatrically released feature docs and worked in post on network TV shows. A photography exhibit on native ecosystem restoration she created with her students at Brooks Institute is currently on display at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center in Ventura, CA.

Research Interests

Bloom is particularly interested in using media for environmental causes and outreach and continues to work as an editor on narrative and documentary projects.