Together with dance faculty member Michelle Nielsen and fellow-student Cayel Tregeagle, Brunell headed the Love Unbroken project, which was funded by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. For the project Brunell, Tregeagle, and Nielsen choreographed a contemporary dance number symbolizing the power of Divine love. A production crew made up of professional filmmakers and BYU students designed a set and recorded the number as the culmination of the whole project.The film was produced, directed, and edited by Darin Southam, a local professional actor and director.It was filmed at the Durham Brands warehouse and at the Salt Flats in Magna, Utah. Adam DeMello, Camlyn Giddins, Alex Tolman, Byron Kirkland, Ephraim Smith, and Mont Toronto. The project presented a wonderful opportunity for students of different disciplines to work together. In turn, the students also had the chance to experience a professional set and to work with and accept advice from professionals in the fields of dance and film.
In 2012, Brunell was privileged to participate in the Songs of the Disinherited project, a choreographic residency funded by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. The project, directed by Dance faculty Pat Debenham, brought Donald McKayle, an internationally celebrated Modern Dance choreographer, to BYU to choreograph and produce Songs of the Disinherited. The dance, which is a reflection of the African diaspora, was later featured on PBS in a documentary about McKayle's life and work and was also performed at the Dance department's Dance in Concert 2012 and on the dance company's tour to India in August 2012.