Participants of the first F4F Online Essentials Summer School, June 2020

ONLINE ESSENTIALS next edition begins June 2023
"This course made me excited about filmmaking again and you guys made me believe that I can do it. I can't wait to get a camera and start filming!" Mari Korpela (2020)
ABOUT F4F Online 
As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic we cancelled our annual hands-on F4F Summer School and designed a practical 'Online Essentials Course', to help those with upcoming research and filmmaking projects. We use dedicated teaching websites, online tools for remote learning, downloadable editing software and we teach you to use the equipment that you will take to the field, including smartphone technology - this lowers the overall cost of our training and reduces our contribution to climate change. Our aim is to help develop local hubs of film practitioners that we can support remotely on a one-to-one or group basis in an environmentally sustainable way.
This practically-orientated course includes access to a dedicated website with instructional materials, useful links, practice exercises and micro tasks, Zoom-based class discussions and individual tutorials with tutor feedback to practical work via Slack. NEXT COURSE: June 5 - July 3 2023  - It costs £415/€510/$595 for concessions or £525/€625/$720 in paid employment (other currencies accepted). Further reductions can be made for those residing in a country with a low GDP - price on application. Please click the button above to download a booking form and secure your place on the course.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 
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. In the past this course has attracted postdoctoral and senior researchers, undergraduates and people from diverse fields such as anthropology, ethnomusicology, midwifery, archaeology, history, environmental and human rights activism, broadcast television, NGOs, migration studies, business, international relations, sociology and political science.
Teaching includes practical and theoretical instruction in camera, sound, editing, ethics and approach for research and documentary filmmaking. Teaching and tutorial sessions are spread across five weeks usually between 14:00 - 16:00 (CET) each Monday, to accommodate participants from various time zones, with an extended session for tutorials on the final Monday. Our F4F Online Essentials website contains course materials and instructional texts for each of the 10 Learning Units, video explainers, useful links, background reading and viewing information. We use the Zoom platform for class-based interactive discussions. We have designed 12 Micro Tasks, aimed at embedding technical aspects of the course and 4 Practical Filmmaking Exercises, that mimic common fieldwork scenarios, to help consolidate your understanding of the learning units. Participants share the results of this work on Discord, where our tutors offer critique and comment, culminating in a one-to-one tutorial session, to help you apply what you have learnt in your own research and filmmaking. Each participant who has attended the main sessions receives a certificate of attendance and is welcomed as an F4F alumni. **New for 2023** each participant will also receive a free digital E-book copy of Filmmaking for fieldwork: A practical handbook (2020) written by Andy Lawrence.
Participants should ensure they have access to suitable hardware and an internet connection required to run Zoom software and access our training website. The practical filmmaking exercises are optional but recommended, as is the amount of web-based learning you undertake. Sessions are recorded for those wishing to engage with the course asynchronously. Students do not need to possess a camera, sound and editing facilities - a smartphone will suffice but this is also non-essential if you prefer to learn vicariously. Editing Apps are available for free or paid download, depending on the software.
Once participants have completed the booking form and made payment, we send a private link to a preliminary Zoom meeting scheduled one week prior to the main teaching. During this meeting we introduce our teachers, give password access to the website and information about the course integration and pedagogy. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their internet connection and practice with the Zoom software.
We offer continued support after the course has ended in terms of guided practice, project assistance and editing workshops, on an individual or group basis and subject to an additional fee - see F4F Project Support
This course is supported by Filmmaking for fieldwork: a practical handbook (2020) written by Andy Lawrence and published by Manchester University Press and available in print and digital at all good booksellers. We recommend that anybody interested in our courses first consult this (E)book. If you sign up to our Online Essentials course you will receive a free copy of this Ebook.

A short video about our hands-on F4F Summer School which ran for 12 years prior to the Covid pandemic.

Describe in a single frame your online-offline experience during the Covid lockdowns