Reflections on using film in fieldwork
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Macfarlane, A. (2003). Reflections on using film in fieldwork [Video file]. http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/32
The history of my early filming and photography on an 8mm film camera, 1968-1987 Filming on video from 1988; the advantages What should one film? Finding a theme Filming and editing in the 1990's; the bulk of the film. Which kinds of film are effective? The unities of time, place and subject The value of showing films in the village; what interested the villagers Using film in teaching; the idea of surrogate fieldwork or 'virtual reality day' Making films about how anthropologists actually do fieldwork Dilmaya's death and memorial ritual in 1995; a watershed in the filming Interviews wih Dilmaya; the value of extended narrative The advantages (and disadvantages) of Hi-8 from 1991 and digital film from 1998 Working with television (1999) and the three-chip camera revolution The potentials of new film technology; combining roles in film production Some difficulties in the audience; the limitations of narrow and broadcasting The difficulty of getting ideas across in films The development of multi-media (videodisc, DVD,WWW) as a way of combining ideas and images The archival value of anthropological film How filming can help observation and analysis in anthropology Some tips on how to make less than awful films Various anthropological data gathering methods; interviews, census, note taking... The ethics of fieldwork, especially film making Returning materials to the societies where they were originated A brief list of the kind of film I have taken and made
These reflections on filming among the Gurungs were made in the autumn of 2000 A.D. Alan Macfarlane talked into the camera in order to capture some of the types of film he made, the changing technologies, and some tips on how to film in the field. This was filmed on 3-chip digital video. The clips should be viewed over broadband.
anthropology, fieldwork, filming, video, Gurung, Nepal
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