Cinematography and Ethnography

Cinematography and Ethnography
Cinematography and Ethnography

Film brings people and cultures alive on the screen. It is a way that neither words nor still photos can produce. Video and film are becoming the medium of the future and people with the resources or expertise are turning to this type of technology. However, there are many assumptions that affect the way we shoot as ethnographers. These assumptions affect our relationship to the people we shoot, their realities and to our prospective viewers. Some of these assumptions we are aware of, others we are not. However, the more we can bring them out into the open, the better. This way, we have more of an idea of what we are doing, and are less likely to repeat blindly the errors of the past. 


Professional Screenwriters, Directors, and Cinematographers

TOM ANTOS-Canadian Cinematographer – Cinematography Fundamentals
(TomAntosFilms Website)

Color Correction to Achieve Film Look – 1

Learn Filmmaking

How to Light a Film Scene: Cinematography and Filmmaking

Make Video Look Like Film: Shot Design


2-Day Cine School with Tom Antos


DARE STEVENS-American Screenwriter, Director & Filmmaker
Filming Fundamentals (Dare Cinema Website)

How to Make Short Films (that don’t Suck) Post-Production and Distribution

What are the Basic Shot Types in Filmmaking?

The 7 Stages of Any Film

How to Make Short Films (that don’t Suck) Pre-Production & Filming


Making Films from Your Photos


Nanook of the North: A story of life and love in the actual artic – Robert J. Flaherty

Drifters – John Grierson

Concorico Monsieur Poulet  – Jean Rouche

The Battle of San Pietro – John Huston

Titicut Follies – Frederick Wiseman

The Civil War – Ken Burns


Cross-Cultural Filmmaking: A Handbook for Making Documentary and Ethnographic Films and Videos by llisa Barbash and Lucien Taylor

Making Movies, by Sidney Lumet

Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors, by Laurent Tirard

Take One to Take Four, by Robert J. Emery

The Five Cs of Cinematography – by Joseph V. Mascelli

Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, by Robert Rodriquez

The Filmmaker’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age by Steven Ascher, Edward Pincus, Carol Keller

Film Production: The Complete Uncensored Guide to Filmmaking by Greg Merritt