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Smartphone video production for social researchers - Online

Smartphone video production for social researchers - Online


Video is increasingly used to document research projects or to disseminate research findings. Smartphones are effective tools for producing video content to boost the impact of your research.

This live online course provides an accessible and solid foundation of practical knowledge for social researchers who want to use their smartphone to collect and share video content on social media or in presentations.

In two half-day sessions attendees will gain a working understanding of smartphones, available accessories, sound recording, interview techniques and editing skills.

Participants will be instructed on how to use their own phones to collect a short video interview or a statement to camera and visual elements for storytelling. These new skills will be cemented through ‘view & crit’ session of the clips collected during the exercise.

Using free editing software, we will explain how to import clips, assemble and export short engaging videos.




By the end of the workshop participants will have a sound foundation in videomaking and an understanding of smartphones and accessories that can be used to produce research related videos and video presentations. Specifically, participants will be able to:

  • Produce short video projects to share research
  • Discern among available options the best technology for their needs
  • Understand framing conventions and types of shots
  • Use microphones to get radio-quality sound recording
  • Conduct and shoot a video interview
  • Use video editing software to organise and assemble footage for social media or presentations




  • Understanding smartphones as video cameras: potentials and limitations
  • Sound recording - Additional accessories
  • Video interview techniques (framing, mics, best practices)
  • Video interview exercise - Editing software: options
  • Introduction to edit workflows: use of timelines and bins to organise footage
  • Cutting, introducing text and transitions, exporting short videos


Who will benefit?


The course is for social researchers at any stage of their career who want to produce short videos for dissemination of results or to document research activities. The course is suitable for complete beginners and people with basic video skills.


Learning outcomes


  • Collecting video interviews using smartphones
  • Recording good sound
  • Understanding how to collect visual elements for storytelling
  • Using Lightworks editing software to edit short videos


Course Tutors


Mark Saunders is an award-winning independent filmmaker, media activist and writer. His expertise in the field spans over three decades.

Mark's films have been broadcast internationally and exhibited at galleries, including Tate Britain, the National Film Theatre, and the ICA. He founded the ground-breaking community access media co-operative Despite TV in 1982 and Spectacle Productions in 1990.

Mark has also been teaching for over 20 years, and has been a visiting lecturer at a number of institutions. He is currently Associate Lecturer in film at Birkbeck College.

Michele de Laurentiis has a PhD in anthropology and is a freelance filmmaker, video editor and Participatory Video practitioner. He carried out long-term ethnographic research in Italy and Bolivia. He is a doctoral researcher on Participatory Filmmaking at Roehampton University and he is developing participatory documentary projects about extractive conflicts and indigenous groups in Latin America.


  This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme


n.b. This course runs over two consecutive mornings:

Part 1 - 8 October - 9.30 am to 1.00 pm

Part 2 - 9 October - 9.30 am to 1.00 pm

10/8/2020 9:30 AM - 10/9/2020 1:00 PM
GMT Standard Time
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