Visual Anthropology

Each pair of students was asked to research a suitable topic for a 10 minute film. Most students succeeded in producing the film in teams, although one team of three divided into two.

As part of the learning process to promote ethical filmmaking, students were required to obtain signatures on release forms so that the subjects in the films would know about the possibility of the films being shown in educational contexts, or being used on a website such as this. All but one team obtained these agreements, so samples of seven of the eight films produced are available here.

The samples are mostly between one and three minutes. The students were trained to follow the action with their filming, only possible by not using tripods at all, to make what are known as 'developing' shots. This is why in some cases the films do not look 'edited', although in fact each team had to cut 60 minutes of 'rushes' into a 10 minute sequence. Most of the clips on this website represent shots representing the whole sequence, and give a good example of what developing shots are, but cannot be used to show how effective the editing was.