Anthropology and Social Research 

This course is addressed to social researchers interested in using video during their fieldwork. It will equip you with a working knowledge on video production, as well as the best practices for conducting video interviews and using cameras in the field. It does not include Video Editing, that can be booked separately or as part of longer courses. 

5 DAYS / 14 Modules / £320

Next Courses:
May 3-4/6-7/10 | July 5-6 / 8-9 / 12 | Oct 4-5 / 7-8 / 11

Video Production for
Anthropologists & Social Researchers Modules 

Intro: Video for research (45 min)
How can video be used in social research?
What will you be able to achieve at the end of this course?

Intro to Smartphone Filming (45 min)
Smartphone as camera kit
Presentation of the course and its aims
What can be actually done with a smartphone and what are its limitations as camera?

Production 1 - Smartphone (90 min)
Different tools for different aims: is a smartphone my best tool?
Smartphone vs Camcorder, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras
How to achieve best results with what I have?
In-built apps: best settings and good practices

Production 2 – Principles of video production (90 min)
Manual settings vs Automatic Settings
Focal Length
Focus, Iris, Shutter speed, ISO

Smartphone pro - webinar (90 min)
How to gain back aesthetic control
FilmicPro: setting and tools

Production 3 - Sound (90 min)
Recording Sound: how to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices

Production 4 - Video Interview (90 min)
How to approach video interviews
Framing a ‘talking head’
Best practices in setting up interviews
Aesthetic conventions: eyeline

Production 5 - Practice: filming a talking head (90 min)
Interview Exercise Presentation
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise

Production 6 – Grip and permissions (90 min)
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals

Production 7 - Filming to edit (90 min)
What is a "shot"?
Jump cuts and B-roll
Jump cuts and B-roll
Framing principles and moving shots: tracking, pan, tilt

Production 8 - Practice: B-roll (90 min)
B-roll exercise presentation: portraits and locations
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise

Production 9: filming indoor/outdoor (90 min)
Light temperature and white balance
Principles of 3 and 4 point lighting
Conclusions and Q&A

Social Research WEBINAR – Videomaking as data collection (60 min)

Course Conclusions and Q&A (60 min)

Next Courses
May 3-4/6-7/10

Video Production for
Anthropologists & Social Researchers - £320 
5 DAYS / 14 Modules 

“It really teaches you all the basics of the camera and how to use it properly in practice. But also indepth tips were given on a more advanced level. Mark is a very good instructor!” - Maartje


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