Invited Courses and lectures
Our short courses and invited lectures emphasise the central principles of the F4F methodology. This can be delivered as a short lecture or involve practical hands-on film-making projects, designed to introduce participants to basic skills in camera operation, sound recording and editing, as well as approach related issues, such as ethics and good practice. We offer substantial feedback in clinic sessions for those with an already established filmmaking project, for example PhD candidates who are using audio-visual media to present their film and written work. Our courses are designed to address common problems encountered at any stage of the production workflow and we also support university taught courses. Courses and lecturers are arranged by appointment according to your individual requirements. They range in scope from a two-hour lecture including Q&A, to a one-day introduction to our methods, a popular three-day practical course, or five, seven and ten-day foundational training in filmmaking for fieldwork methods.
Filmmaking for fieldwork is an empirical art that uses new avenues in academic research, documentary and cinema practice to extend knowledge by dramatic means, incorporating collaborative, observational, reflexive and expressive modes of storytelling. Central to the method is a technique for recording human processes that demonstrates the unique potential of filmmaking as a tool for describing human experience as it unfolds. We consider video editing and storytelling as analytic tools, suitable both for the further exploration and expression of academic ideas and the production of high quality and engaging films.
Our courses and lectures are suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate taught university courses, research professionals and centres, NGOs, commercial organisations and broadcast professionals. Our current clients include: The University of Manchester, Sussex University and The University of Portsmouth in the UK, The Free University in Berlin, Germany and The University of Bern in Switzerland, Yunnan University in China and a host of other freelance and broadcast institutions. Filmmaking For Fieldwork is a global initiative that favours work in local communities, we evaluate the viability of courses based on their carbon footprint and train people from around the world to run their own education programmes using our pedagogy.