Workshop abstract - Hoenigman

Workshop: Film-making

Presenter: Darja Hoenigman

In the last decade a range of good quality video cameras have become widely accessible to the general public. Cameras are now cheaper, smaller and easier to handle and carry around; we have them in mobile phones, on laptops, even in pencils. But this general availability of video technology does not mean that everyone who has used video is well prepared to use it as a research tool in linguistic or ethnographic documentation fieldwork. How is video-recording in the field different from making home videos? Is it enough to know how to handle our equipment, or is there anything more that we need to consider?

In this workshop we will delve into areas beyond those treated in equipment manuals:  while answering questions such as how to choose the most suitable equipment for one’s specific research tasks and how to keep it working in non-optimal conditions of high humidity, varying temperatures, omnipresent dust and lack of power supply, we will also discuss different video- and audio-recording techniques and look at examples of improvisation in the field. Watching excerpts from fieldwork rushes we will discuss the dos and don’ts of using video in the field and how to avoid the most common mistakes. The workshop will also touch on the ethics of filmmaking in its various stages, from production to post-production.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University