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

This course comprises two parts:

Part 1 - Production: filming, videography (online or in-person)
In-person: London SW11, 10:00-17:00
March 9-10
June 29, 30
November 9, 10
March 1, 2

Online: on Zoom, 15:00-18:30 London time
March 4, 5, 6, 7
June 24, 25, 26, 27
November 4, 5, 6, 7
February 24, 25, 26, 27

Part 2 - Webinar (online only)
Online: on Zoom, 15:00-18:30 London time
- March 11
- July 1
- November 12
- March 3

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

PART 1 - Production: filming, videography (online or in-person)

Intro to Smartphone Filming
Smartphone as a camera kit: potentials and limitations
Setting up your phone

Filming with Smartphones
In-built apps: best settings and good practices
Controlling Focus and Exposure
Shooting selfies and framing ‘talking heads’

Recording sound with a phone
How to achieve 'radio quality' audio
Microphone: different types for different uses
External recording devices

Accessories and software
Grip Equipment: frames, clamps, tripods, gimbals
Lighting tips

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

PART 2 - Webinar (online only)
How to share video making
Collaborative production: commissioned work and grassroot challenges
Video in Social research: from data collection to participatory approach
Participant’s projects and Q&A 

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