Workshops

– Before You Go Workshops  –

Discover, Explore, Disrupt…

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Get yourself prepared to film and explore emerging digital research methods with the Before You Go two-week intensive workshop. You will learn basic film and audio recording techniques to get good quality footage of your field expedition, laboratory experiment, educational project, or other film project. You will be able to test out latest software for cyber protection and archive creation as well as enjoy a session with VR and AR specialists experiencing cutting-edge technology currently being used to train astronauts.

This is a full hands-on workshop, tailored to your needs, with a maximum of 20 participants.

Bring the camera and sound equipment you will use in the field and learn to its full potential. If you do not have equipment, the workshop will provide with equipment that you will be likely to use. Every method we teach is equally viable for camera technologies.

At the end of the workshop, you will receive a certificate of participation endorsed by the European Documentary Network (EDN).

See a detailed workshop description (sample) below. Please do let us know if there are any particular interests you would like us to cover.

We will have 3 Master classes from Internationally renowned scholars in the subject areas of architecture, filmmaking, and VR and AR technology.

This workshop is aimed to skill-up graduates for the creative industries or prepare post graduate students who plan to undertake fieldwork at home and abroad or work in museums and archives.

Tutors will be from science, social science and practice-led arts projects.


Upcoming Workshop

Emerging Digital Research Methods and Documentary Film Practice Workshop

Accredited by the European Documentary Network (EDN).

7 – 21 July 2019, Stanford House (Stanford University), OxfordUK.

An example day-by-day schedule of events (subject to change) is outlined below.

Workshop fees:

£1500 for the full workshop fee.

£1200 for concession (student/unwaged participants)

***Workshop fee includes two weeks tuition by our experts, a two-course midday meal on business days (Monday through Friday of both weeks), tea and coffee at designated break times and single accommodation for fourteen nights at Stanford House.***

Please download the registration form here or email info@odfi.co.uk to express interest or ask for more information.

 

Measuring the field
Still from the film “Between Mars and Svalbard” by Maarten Roos

 

-Workshop Outline-

Emerging Digital Research Methods and Documentary Film Practice Workshop

ARRIVE: Sunday, 7thJuly 2019

6pm: Meet and Greet: Distribute Course Pack, including information about daily lunches and evening meals.

 

DAY 1: Monday, 8thJuly 2019: Morning section (9.30am – 12pm)

9.30: Registration and Orientation with Coffee and Tea

Session 1: 10am-11am: Sensing-the-place:  The workshop starts with a short introduction to get to know each other, followed by the Sensing-the-place exercise.

Session 2: 11am -12pm: What is Digital Storytelling? Case Studies and contextualisation of AV media within humanities and social science research.

Break (12pm – 1pm)

Afternoon section (1pm – 5pm)

Session 3: 1pm-3pm Audio-Visual Tools and Visual Vocabularies: Your video camera: Learn how to handle your video equipment to get the result you need: basic settings, more advanced settings and important things to look out for are discussed. You go out for a short time to record a few minutes of footage. Back at the workshop, the footage is evaluated with all the participants.

Session 4: 3pm-4pm: Editing: It is crucial to understand how what you have shot works or not in an edit. In this part, you will take the footage you have recorded in the previous hour and play with in the edit, to give you a real feel for how it can serve.

Plenary: 4pm-5pm: Together with all the participants, we will evaluate each other’s’ results and draw lessons from our own experience and that of the others.

 

DAY 2: Tuesday, 9thJuly 2019: Morning section (10am – 12pm)

Session 1: 10am-11am: Your audio equipment Learn the importance and basic technique of good audio recording. Again, you will go out (with a fellow participant or a tutor) to practice recording some footage and a short interview, paying specific attention to audio.

Session 2: 11am-12pm: Your mini-project Together with a fellow participant, you will decide on a short project to be filmed. Discuss the idea first, then do a paper edit planning, and go and shoot it.

Break (12pm – 1pm)

Afternoon section (1pm – 5pm)

Session 3: 1pm-3pm: Getting good footage: You will learn good interview setups in terms of framing, lighting, audio and interview technique. You will practice on each other.

Session 4: 3pm-4pm: Shooting for the edit: Presentation and discussion the different elements necessary to build a (factual) film: interview, B-roll, animations, stills, sound effects, music, with short examples of how these different elements fit together into the whole. There is a strong emphasis on shooting for the edit.

Plenary: 4pm-5pm: Together with all the participants, we will evaluate each others results and draw lessons from our own experience and that of the others.

 

DAY 3: Wednesday, 10thJuly 2019: Morning section (10am – 12pm)

Session 1: 10am-11am: Masterclass: Seeing as an Architect

Session 2: 11am-12pm: Creative Response and Seminar session

Break (12pm – 1pm)

Afternoon section (1pm – 5pm)

Session 3: 1pm-3pm: Masterclass: A Professional Interview set up with lights and sound

Session 4: 3pm-4pm: Hands-on Practice of Interview Techniques

Plenary: 4pm-5pm: Together with all the participants, we will evaluate each other’s results and draw lessons from our own experience and that of the others.

 

DAY 4: Thursday, 11th July 2019: Morning section (10am – 12pm)

Session 1: 10am-11am: Collaborative and Participatory Methods for Fieldwork

Session 2: 11am-12pm: Filming as a Team- Roles and Responsibilities- Copyright and Legal Issues

Film Briefs given out to participants to shoot on location in Oxford

Break (12pm – 1pm)

Afternoon section (1pm – 5pm)

Session 3: 1pm-3.30pm: Filming on Location in Oxford

Session 4: 3.30-5pm: Upload material

 

DAY 5: Friday, 12th July 2019: Morning section (10am – 12pm)

Session 1: 10am-11am: Approaches to Data Collection and Conservation

Session 2: 11am-12pm: Edit the Interview

Break (12am – 13pm)

Afternoon section (13pm – 5pm)

Session 3: 1pm-3.30pm: Final edit and Screenings

Session 4: 3.30-5pm: Together with all the participants, we will evaluate each other’s results and draw lessons from our own experience and that of the others.

 

DAY 6: Saturday, 13th July 2019: Free Day

DAY 7: Sunday, 14th July 2019: Free Day

 

DAY 8: Monday, 15th July 2019: Morning section (10am – 12pm)

Session 1: 10am-12pm: E-Technologies:  Introduction to the use and creation of online archive resources and emerging tools for data collection and presentation of field work.

Break (12pm – 1pm)

Afternoon section (1pm – 5pm)

Session 2: 1pm-3pm: Introduction to New Software Available: Hands-on session creating an archive.

Session 3: 3pm-4pm: Breakout sessions: We will be discussing challenges for archivists.

Plenary: 4pm-5pm: Analysis and Synthesis of the day.

 

DAY 9: Tuesday, 16th July 2019: Morning section (10am – 12pm)

Session 1: 10am-12pm: Guest Speaker (Social Science Research) 

Break (12pm – 1pm)

Afternoon section (1pm – 5pm)

Session 2: 1pm-3pm: Discussing Digital Ethnographies: You will examine Case Studies from a cross-cultural perspective.

Session 3: 3pm-4pm: Breakout Sessions: How can we improve our own research practice through the use of new digital technologies?

Plenary: 4pm-5pm: We will discuss the pros and cons of using new technologies in the classroom, in fieldwork and in publication.

 

DAY 10: Wednesday, 17th July 2019: Morning section (10am – 12pm)

Session 1: 10am-12pm: Demonstration of AR and VR technologies

Break (12pm – 1pm)

Afternoon section (1pm – 5pm)

Session 2: 1pm-3pm: Hands-on session: You will have a hands-on session with specialists using AR and VR glasses.

Session 3: 3pm-4pm: Breakout session: Discussing experiences and reflection on this type of technology for research practice and exhibition.

Plenary: 4pm-5pm: Assessment of the day’s experience and evolving practices.

 

DAY 11: Thursday, 18th July 2019: Morning section (10am – 12pm)

Session 1: 10am-12pm: Ethics and Preservation of Data: Guest Speaker.

Break (12pm – 1pm)

Afternoon section (1pm – 5pm)

Session 2: 1pm-3pm: Cyber-security: You will learn about and discuss cyber-security issues for researchers.

Session 3: 3pm-4pm: Hands-on session: Hands-on session with a cyber-security software package.

Plenary: 4pm-5pm: Evaluation of the day’s events.

 

DAY 12: Friday, 19th July 2019: Morning section (10am– 12pm)

Session 1: 10am-12am: Screenings: We will screen research films, including a criteria for feedback.

Break (12pm – 1pm)

Afternoon section (1pm – 5pm)

Session 2: 1pm-3pm: Mental Health Issues: Discussion of mental health issues around digital lives, including the investigation of emotional and information capacities of users of technology.

Session 3: 3pm-4pm: Breakout session: How might we develop rationales for research using digital technologies? What are the gold standards?

Final session: 4pm-5pm: Summary of workshop, bringing together what we have learned from each other and questions that we seek to explore further.

END OF WORKSHOP

8pm: Drinks Social/Networking event

 

DAY 13: Saturday, 20thJuly 2019: Screenings and Informal Discussions on Personal Projects

DAY 14: SUNDAY, 21STJULY 2019: Leave accommodation by 3pm.