This report presents early findings from ongoing research into the documentary filmmaking experiences of undergraduate students. Such filmmaking offers opportunities to fulfill stated curricular requirements in terms of technical competence, creativity and ethical documentary. However it also provides a potential site for ‘informal learning’ (e.g. Drotner, 2008) outside formal assessment criteria. This report presents a case study of one student’s experiences of making a film about her father in the ‘domestic ethnographic’ mode of filmmaking (Renov, 2004). Data from two interviews with the student illustrate how introducing the camera into a familiar environment provoked various forms disjuncture (Jarvis, 2010) in social interaction with her family. Filmmaking offered her the opportunity to complete a film about her father but also appeared to provoke unplanned explorations of relationships within her family. Documentary production in this context can be seen as acting as a bridge across multiple sites of learning and positionality for student filmmakers.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Media Education Research Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2014|
- Informal learning
- higher education