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Filmmaking for fieldwork

A practical handbook

By Andy Lawrence

Filmmaking for fieldwork

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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3155-3
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: July 2020
  • BIC Category: PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film / Genres / Documentary, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Society & social sciences / Anthropology, Film Production: Technical & Background Skills, The arts / Documentary films

Description

Designed for researchers seeking new ways to explore their field and media professionals aiming to extend their practice, this filmmaking handbook shows you how to plug in to issues at the intersection of documentary cinema and ethnography. Exploring the unique potential for filmmaking to describe human activity and the role of video editing in generating new ideas about human experience, it offers practical and theoretical advice for those making their first films.

Based on over twenty years of teaching and industry experience, Filmmaking for fieldwork aims to inspire the development of core skills in camera use, sound recording and editing that can be applied to sensory, fictive, observational, participatory, reflexive, performative and immersive modes of storytelling. Written for a multi-disciplinary audience, this book covers all stages necessary to produce a documentary film, from conception through to preparation, production, editing and distribution.

Contents

Section 1: Why make a documentary film?
Technique
Approach
Ethics

Section 2: Preparation
Writing a film proposal
Selecting equipment
Establishing control
Lighting

Section 3: Recording
Fieldwork relationships
Image
Sound
Operating in key situations
Archive

Section 4: Editing
Preparation for an edit
Designing your film
Beginning an edit
Rough cutting to find a story
Technique and style
Feedback screening: understanding your work
Title, inter-title, subtitle and credit
Fine cutting
Editing and mixing sound
Mastering

Section 5: Distribution
Sharing your work
Writing about your work
Film festivals and screening events
Publication

Afterword: The journey continues

Index

Author

Andy Lawrence is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester

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