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 like the Participatory Video Workshop

Video Production for Anthropology and Social Research

Upcoming Course Dates

- September 26, 27, 28, 29 October 3
- March 6, 7, 8, 9, 13
- June 5, 6, 7, 8, 12

All online courses run on Zoom 15:00-18:30 London time

In-person 2 Day Workshop Option
- October 1-2
- March 11-12
- June 10-11

10:00-17:00 Spectacle Studio, London SW11
This can replace the first 4 days of online sessions. 

Video Production for
Anthropologists & Social Researchers

“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

Video Production for Anthropologists & Social Researchers Sessions


Intro to Smartphone Filming
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?

Smartphone pro - webinar
How to gain back aesthetic control
FilmicPro: setting and tools

Filming with Smartphones 
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

Digital Sound
Recording Sound: how to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices


Principles of video production
Manual settings vs Automatic Settings
Focal Length
Focus, Iris, Shutter speed, ISO 

Video Interview 
How to approach video interviews
Framing a ‘talking head’
Best practices in setting up interviews
Aesthetic conventions: eyeline

Filming a talking head Practical Exercise


Practice: filming a talking head 
'View and crit': workshop analysis of 'talking head' exercise (60 min)

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

B-roll practical exercise


Exercise Review: B-roll 
'View and crit': workshop analysis of B-roll' exercise 

Filming indoor/outdoor 
Light temperature and white balance
Principles of 3 and 4 point lighting
Conclusions and Q&A 

Grip and permissions
Grip equipment
Tripods, monopods, gimbals

Social Research: Videomaking as data collection 

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