Invited Courses and lectures
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 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 filmmaking 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 run clinic sessions intended for those with an already established filmmaking project, such as PhD candidates who are using audio-visual media, to present their film and written work and receive feedback. Our courses are designed to address common problems encountered at any stage of the production workflow and to 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.
These 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.
There is an urgent need to reduce the amount of travel that we engage in as academics and filmmakers in order to limit the negative impact that this has on our environment. For this reason we evaluate the viability of a course based on its carbon footprint. Filmmaking For Fieldwork is a global initiative that favours work in local communities. Further, we train people from around the world to run courses using our pedagogy and share the resources that we have collected over the years.