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Seen But Never Noticed: Some Principles of Editing for (Ethnographic) Film
Have you considered using film as a method in your ethnographic research? Have you wondered how you would process the film?
In essence, the principles of editing for ethnographic film are the same as for drama and documentary, except that in the field you rarely have the luxury of “coverage” — making sure that every constituent shot has enough “takes” to choose from, shot at sufficiently diverse but complementary angles to ensure powerful storytelling and visual interest.
In this brief workshop, the basic principles of editing are covered using Walter Murch’s “Rule of Six”: emotion, story, rhythm, eye-trace (point of interest) and 2D and 3D spacial planarity in other words how a three dimensional "set with actors” translates into a two dimensional medium.
In order to show how editing, as the deliberate disruption of reality is --like the researcher’s role as interpreter— not only unavoidable but also essential to ethnographic storytelling the presenters experiences of co-producing and co-editing will be shared.