This handbook is intended for those wanting to use documentary filmmaking as a research method to explore subjects and also as a way of expressing ideas. Its focus is practical rather than technical, aiming to complement the many handbooks that already exist covering filmmaking, digital videography, sound recording and video editing. It concentrates on aspects of filmmaking for research purposes at an introductory level that are not so well documented elsewhere, such as the practical stages involved in the production of an ethnographic film. The underlying principal of this handbook is to broaden the application of ethnographic filmmaking to suit a wide range of research areas and documentary expression, encompassing sensory, fictive, observational, participatory, reflexive, performative and immersive modes of storytelling. I have chosen to avoid detailed discussion of technology as this dates quickly. This handbook aims to assist individuals in their personalised searches using online facilities to develop research methods and also teaching, by decoding technical terminology and explaining filmmaking workflows.
Film (New York: Knopf).
Wonderfully eloquent, learned and suggestive dialogues. Drawing upon his work on such films as Apocalypse Now (1979) and The English Patient (1996), Murch, prompted subtly by Ondaatje, teases out the aesthetics of picture and soundediting.
Orpen, Valerie (2002), Film Editing: The Art of the Expressive (London: Wallflower).
Good starting point: lacks Fairservice’s substantial historical detail, but clear, concise and featuring helpful case studies.
Rohdie, Sam (2006), Montage (Manchester: Manchester