Second week of in-house classes started with two cancelled days of Qualitative Methods, which suited me excellently since my cold was only getting worse. (But they gave us an extra day of film workshop/movie watching on Tuesday, which I didn’t attend.)
On Tuesday evening we met our protagonist for the film project.
And on Wednesday I made it to uni, despite a slight fever, for a pitching day in Transcultural Film Workshop. Everyone pitched their idea for a shortmovie that we would shoot this weekend and edit in the beginning of next week, and we got important feedback. Thursday continued with a basic camera workshop, which turned out to be the same as in the last in-house, and a sound workshop that taught me a lot, especially non-technical stuff like the importance of having an artistic vision for the sound and choose mics accordingly, and how to “lav” someone properly.
On Friday we set up our gear and watched a film by one of the lecturers – an amazing take on what I guess could be called archival anthropology. In the evening we watched the first batch of machinimas produced in Digital Anthropology. I was still weak, but it was a good feeling to watch what my classmates had come up with – I got an unexpected favourite, one that went outside the prescribed format.
And so it was shooting day. We spent the whole Saturday with our chosen protagonist. Unfortunately it didn’t work out well, probably due to a clash in expectations. So instead we learned a lot, and tried to save it by shooting new material today, Sunday. If the failure can be turned into success will be shown on Monday and Tuesday. (Personally I feel pretty done with this project, but at least our experience provided excellent fodder for the essay we’ll write for this course.)
In TV, we’ve been watching Black Mirror the last weeks, but sometimes it’s so depressing (like last night’s Shut Up and Dance episode) that we have to top it off with some Tom & Jerry or Golden Girls (now that Disenchantment reached its end).
- Smith, L. T. (1999): Introduction. In Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, pp. 1-19.
- Stoecker, R. (2013): Chapter 2: The Goose Approach to Research. In Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach, pp. 25-46.
Transcultural Film Workshop
- Film: Majubs Reise (Eva Knopf, 2013, 49 min)
- The Economist:
- Mark Zuckerberg says he wants more regulation for Facebook
- Britain unveils a plan to regulate online content
- A referendum to expropriate apartments from big landlords in Berlin
- Binyamin Netanyahu has won a fifth term
- Sudan’s dictator, Omar al-Bashir, is forced out of power
- The EU gives Theresa May another six months
- Justin Jackson: This is a web page. (2013)
- Alfred Enoch: How To Get Away With Murder star Alfred Enoch writes emotional letter to his younger self about growing up mixed-race (2017)
- Business Insider/Jessica Liebman: I’ve been hiring people for 10 years, and I still swear by a simple rule: If someone doesn’t send a thank-you email, don’t hire them. (Via Travis Chi Wing Lau: “Time to think about the elitism and gatekeeping of your practices.”)
- The Intelligence:
- Techdirt Podcast Episode 207: MEP Julia Reda Explains What’s Next With The EU Copyright Directive (43 min)