Intensive applied summer course (13-24 June 2016)
Hands on Camera
Documentary film as a medium for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS), School of International Studies, Oklahoma State University in collaboration with Filmmaking For Fieldwork (Manchester, U.K.) The Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center (Tehran, Iran)
The Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) program at the Oklahoma State University is presenting its first applied course in visual research methods and documentary filmmaking for Iranian Studies in collaboration with Filmmaking For Fieldwork (Manchester, U.K.) and in association with the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center (Tehran, Iran). The IPGS visual program is a theoretical and practical visual study course, which is open to all who have a background in human and social science, cross-cultural visual studies, film studies, documentary production, and with special interest in contemporary Iran. This course maps on theoretical and practical aspects of ethnographic film by using documentary film as a medium for area studies (Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies). It exposes the different ways in which Iranian culture can be represented visually and the cultural interpretations of its visual representations.
What is “Hands On”?
Who is this Course For?
What You do in Iran
Eventually, the program will address the main issues of anthropology with regards to ethnographic fieldwork, knowledge production, ethics and aesthetics in processes of cultural representation, field authorization, and further professional collaboration with Iranian organisations. This intensive course provides a scholarly environment for the study and practice of anthropological media, hands-on training in ethnographic documentary production techniques (camera, sound, editing, etc.), as well as the opportunity for group projects with regard to contemporary Iran and the Persian Gulf. No previous experience in documentary film production is necessary.
These objectives will be achieved by securing the participation of the best scholars in the fields of ethnographic film (Dr. A. Lawrence, Filmmaker in Residence and Lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, the University of Manchester, U.K.), Iranian and Persian Gulf visual studies (Dr. P. Khosronejad, Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, Oklahoma State University, U.S.A.), and also by organising a further second applied workshop during the 10th edition of Cinema Verité (Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, Dec. 2016) where our participants will meet Iranian filmmakers and also make short documentaries in Iran.
The course will take place from 13-24 June 2016, every day from 9am-5pm, at the Institute for Teaching & Learning Excellence (ITLE) of Oklahoma State University. All participants will receive an official certificate of participation in the program issued by the School of International Studies at the Oklahoma State University.
The course involves three main components: Image acquisition with a camera, sound recording with a microphone and storytelling with the use of Adobe CC editing software. These come together in a unique method of social science research and presentation that we call “Film as a medium for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies”. Participants will be trained in all stages of this process through their involvement in short filmmaking projects and everyone will get their “hands On” each piece of equipment during the course. We will offer advice about when and how to use these methods and what equipment might suit your individual needs.
Our course will be accompanied by ethnographic documentary screenings as well as a series of seminars covering topics such as:
- the role of documentary film in research regarding Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies;
- legal and ethical aspects of documentary filmmaking in contemporary Iran;
- collaborative filmmaking in Iran with the support of Iranian organisations;
- collaborative filmmaking in which research subjects are involved in the filmmaking process;
- suggested filming kits to take into the field;
- crowdfunding, online promotion and digital distribution.
13-24 June 2016
Institute for Teaching & Learning Excellence (ITLE), Oklahoma State University, U.S.A.
Number of applicants: 10
Fees and registration (deadline for registration and payment April 15, 2016)
- Standard: $2600
- Concessions: $2100 (students, unwaged, pensioners - proof of status required)
Places will be offered:
- to those who have submitted a written request
- and secured by a $700 deposit
The deposits and registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. However, the organizer reserves the right to cancel this program due to low enrollment, which would make the event non-viable. In the case of such a cancelation, registrants will be offered a full refund.
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