Anthropological Filmmaking


Anthropological Filmmaking

We make ethnographic movies together and can teach you on our equipment at University College London

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Comment by Michael Yorke on June 2, 2009 at 8:27pm
It is hopefully a group for anyone interested in the actual process of MAKING ethnographic and anthropological film, i.e. that intuitive and technical process that goes into operating a camera, selecting realities and editing footage. This is to distinguish it from the analytical cats cradle of logic and rationality that theorists of visual anthropology revel in. Sure that hopefully informs filmmaking but it also, in my view, disables that inuitive moment of irrational thinking that crreates a frame, builds a sequence and leads to a cameras being turned on and off.

However, of course, the good thing would be to have a good confrontation between the theoreticans and the practical artisans and thrash the issues out. So please do all join in.

Thanks for pointing out that my lead-ins make it seem like a UCL filmmaking club. I will immediately work on redrafting it. That was not the intention, but rather my anxiety to to let everyone know why I come from.

Thanks Maxmillian
Comment by Michael Yorke on June 4, 2009 at 3:19pm
Great to hear that Max. Maybe you are just one person but all your stuff on Open Anthropology speaks of a hugely energetic one. Thanks for all thhjese links. I am beginning to realise that I could spend the rest of my life lost in VisAnth's media-space.

Still not had time to re-jig my lead in as I am the chairperson struggling with the up-and-coming Royal Anthriopologic\al Insitute Film Festival in Leeds UK. Must put up and event on this right now.

Cheers, MIKE
Comment by Nold Egenter on June 6, 2009 at 6:14am
I have a very nice documentary movie made in Japan with a professional movie maker. I would like to upload it somewhere, so it can be discussed. Length about 30 minutes. Some suggestions?
Comment by ZHAO Meng on October 5, 2009 at 1:58pm
Professor Yorke, I am a MA Film Studies Student in UCL, I would like to select your Anthropological Filmmaking as my optional modules, but since it is already too late to make it one in autumn semester, is it possible that you will still have this class on next spring semester? If so, may I join and know the code of this course pls...Thank you so much! Please reply to my emailbox so that I can get the answer soon... Thanks! :)
Comment by Rodanthi Tzanelli on October 30, 2009 at 11:37pm
Hello all,

I have just joined this group, after months of trying to find the right moment to do so...And now it is rather urgent to join in. I too am interested in the practical aspects of making ethnographic film - and I am a real beginner at that! In about a month or so, I am launching a project that involves cinematic narratives of historical memory and national heritage in Thessaloniki (Salonica), Greece. Learning to use a camera is essential - and so is learning how to use it. By this, I mean learning how to operate the damn thing...Although I have registered for a course on making videos at work, I think I need a lot more engagement with people who know how to do this sort of work for the reasons I intend to use film.
I'd be so grateful if you could recommend any further reliable reading or other resources on ethnographic filmmaking. I will also have to shop for an affordable digital camera soon. The veterans may have some good suggestions on this front?
Comment by Layla AbdelRahim on October 31, 2009 at 1:30am
Hi Nold,
Did you have a chance to upload your documentary? Perhaps vimeo? I'd like to see it.
Comment by Nold Egenter on October 31, 2009 at 9:36pm
Layla, thank you for your note! it gave me a good impulse. Until now I had not thought it possible to uploade it somewhere because with 1.4 GB it is too large for YouTube (max. 10 minutes, my documentary has 29 minutes). But I have checked with "vimeo" just now and am about to put it on there. Needs probably 1 or 2 days for the formalities. I will write to you if it is there. Its original title is in Japanese: Yui to Hi (Binding and Fire) but that is too dry and abstract. I will think of another title. In fact it documents ritual building of a divine form in Shinto, very likely also the birth of aesthetics in a Japanese farmers village.
Once more: thank you for your comment.
Comment by Layla AbdelRahim on November 3, 2009 at 4:50am
Nold, that's great. I hope the upload was successful. Do you have a link or perhaps the exact title?
Thanks a lot.
Comment by Magdalena Kloss on November 24, 2009 at 7:53pm
Ethnographic and Documentary Film Festival Vienna

The ETHNOCINECA is a unique film festival in the city of Vienna, Austria, which is dedicated to anthropological themes. Initiated by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (University of Vienna) and organized
by anthropology students and MASN-Austria, this year's Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna will take place from the
18th to the 21st of May 2010.

The ETHNOCINECA intends to provide a platform for all media-artists and filmmakers who concentrate on anthropological issues like home,
otherness, migration, oppression, liberation, poverty etc. to introduce their works to a broader audience. A public discussion about the visually presented issues shall be stimulated and facilitated.

We invite all filmmakers and media artists to submit their films until 15 January 2010. You can download the rules and regulations as well as the film submission form from the following page:

Vienna is calling for your films!
Comment by Michael Yorke on November 26, 2009 at 5:50pm
We are starting another course in Practical Ethnographic Filmmaking next term at UCL in London. If anyone is interested please do email me, Mike Yorke, at Last year was a great success with three of our student films selected for ethno film festivals. To see the outline of the course look at the short video on .


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