Video Production for Anthropologists and Social Researchers

Our Video Production for Anthropologists and Social Researchers Weekend Training Course is an accessible introduction to digital filmmaking techniques, designed specifically for anthropologists and other academics who are interested in using video as a tool for documentation, dissemination or as part of your funding strategy.  Our short course is a fast and affordable way to acquire the necessary skills to boost the impact of your research.

The course is suitable for complete beginners and people with basic video skills, and is led by Mark Saunders, a professional filmmaker with decades of industry and teaching experience.

We aim to provide all participants with a solid foundation of practical knowledge: a working understanding of digital cameras, sound recording, interview techniques, filming on location and industry language. The course is hands-on from the start of day one, with a maximum of three people to each camera set up (camera, sound, interviewer) on practical activities.

We strive to instil participants with the transferrable skills and confidence to use a wide range of equipment, and focus on the 'future-proof' principles of video production, which remain constant despite changes in technology and formats.

We receive exemplary feedback from almost all our participants, and many have come back to build on their skills in additional courses, or to seek one-to-one help with the video projects they've embarked upon. Some have arranged for us to teach at their universities or institutions.

What you WILL learn

- Preparing a shoot
- How to use a digital camera (focus, white balance, aperture, formats etc.)
- How to use microphones
- Framing, types of shots, camera movements, cutaways and other techniques and tips
- How to conduct and shoot an interview
- Shooting on location
- The principles of lighting, both natural and artificial
- Filming to edit
- Legal issues, permissions and copyrights
- Using Film in Social Research: participatory techniques, interview techniques, working in the field, editing in the field and ethics.

What you WON'T learn

- Post-production (editing): to learn the entire digital filmmaking process from start to finish please take our Four Day Filmmaking Course, or you could book an editing session in addition to the weekend course.


Complete beginners and people with basic video skills, recommended for anthropologists, social researchers and students.


There will be between 4 and 8 participants on each course.


All course dates run from 10am to 4pm on both the Saturday and Sunday

Saturday & Sunday 15-16 December 2018 BOOK NOW

Saturday & Sunday 9-10 March 2019 BOOK NOW

Saturday & Sunday 18-19 May 2019 BOOK NOW

If you're interested in taking the course but can't make any of the dates listed, please get in touch anyway - we may be able to schedule additional dates if we receive sufficient interest.

You can also look at the dates of all our different courses on our course Calendar



For information on the payment methods we accept, please click here.

Please note:  Concession rates are offered to full-time students and registered unemployed who are paying for themselves only. Proof is required at the time of booking. If you have any questions about concession eligibility please see our FAQs or email us.


The course is based at our premises in Battersea, South London, close to Clapham Junction station. We are in unit 25 of the Battersea Business Centre, 99-109 Lavender Hill, SW11 5QL. Detailed travel instructions are included in our  FAQs and will be sent to all enrolled participants on booking and a week before the course begins.