Applications are now open for the ninth annual F4F™ Summer School.
convened by Andy Lawrence.

The course will take place 3 - 13 July 2017 at Futureworks School of Media in Manchester, UK.
Cost: £1475 / £1175 concessions (students, unwaged, pensioners - proof of status required)
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Who's it for?
Designed for anthropologists and other social researchers who wish to explore the practical implications of making documentary films as part of a programme of ethnographic field research. This course has attracted postdoctoral and senior researchers, undergraduates and people from diverse fields such as ethnomusicology, midwifery, archaeology, activism, history, television, NGOs, migration studies, international relations, sociology and political science.
The general objective will be to provide participants with a hands-on understanding of the foundations of ethnographic documentary filmmaking that they will be able to build upon in their subsequent field research.
This course is open to all applicants with an interest in using filmmaking for academic research or documentary film production. No previous filmmaking experience is necessary.

Teaching objectives and processes
11-day long intensive hands-on introduction to professional documentary and ethnographic filmmaking workflows. This course will focus on camera, sound recording and editing techniques and our innovative research methodology using filmmaking to explore and represent your subject.

Production training will be offered on HD camcorders and Rode NTG-1 microphones that meets UK broadcasting standards but which is also lightweight and relatively easy to operate.
Editing training will given by industry professionals using the latest Adobe Premiere Pro CC software on dedicated Mac Pro edit suites.
All participants will receive a copy of our F4F™ Digital Handbook, designed for tablets and mobile devices, with a teaching schedule, further readings on all practical aspects of the course plus links and resources.
Participants will work in teams to make three short training films. Through the collective debriefing of their own work plus associated screenings of ethnographic documentaries, participants will be encouraged to consider how these simple processes can be used as the 'building blocks' of more complex film narratives structured on thematic or chronological principles.
Hands-on training will be supplemented by documentary screenings as well as by a series of workshops covering topics such as:
The role of film in ethnographic research
Legal and ethical aspects of ethnographic filmmaking
Collaborative and participatory methods
Production workflows
Camera, Sound and Editing techniques
Suggested filming kits to take to the field
Crowdfunding, online promotion and digital distribution

Schedule
The course will run every weekday 9am-5pm, except the last Thursday when it will end around midday.
On some evenings, there will be additional film screenings. Over the weekend, students will be assigned a filmmaking project. The course will be supported by technical hand-outs covering various aspects of camera operation, lighting and editing.