The Research Film Maker: Using Film in Research (Online) (fully booked)


17/11/2022 - 28/11/2022

Organised by:

University of Leeds


Dr Geraldine Brown


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Marie Johnson

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Venue: Online


Increasingly, film and video are used in research as tools of data collection, as outputs in which dialogue between researchers and participants are shared, and as a creative means of disseminating research results. This innovative and transdisciplinary series of training programmes will develop your knowledge and skills about the use of film making in research, particularly in research with groups often identified as marginalized, vulnerable and/ or excluded.

The aim is to consider how the use of film in research opens up alternative ways of knowing and doing, storytelling, with opportunities for using mixed methods in data collection, capturing reflections, democratising the research process and for research findings shared in a format that is accessible to a range of audiences.  Technological advances mean films and/or videos are effective tools for raising awareness and advocating for change.

The use of film is a means by which researchers can engage analytically with contemporary issues for the purposes of developing new research directions, questions and analyses, while simultaneously engaging with questions central to rigorous qualitative research. This includes how film can be used as particular kinds of evidence in relation to specific analytic foci and substantive concerns

We will provide training to those who wish to learn the film-making skills to showcase or compliment their research, tell their stories, document their own or someone else’s experience, discover new ways to present their ideas or simply to express themselves. The programme can also be seen as a foundation for inter-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge creation, community building and sustainable practices.

The course is split across two mornings (17 November 22 (10am-1pm) & 28 November 22 (10am-1pm)) with a combination of online workshops and digital media for the participants to use at their own pace.

The focus will be on:

  1. Practicalities of using film making in research. 
  2. Creative auto/biographical practices; working with the self, and with respondents and planning data collection.  
  3. Methodological decision making; reflecting on researcher/respondent activities and dilemmas (i.e. research as an embodied, emotional and political experience).

Which will lead to a greater confidence in:

  1. How to tell personal and academic stories / different ways of telling stories
  2. The practice of telling personal and academic stories
  3. The politics of telling personal and academic stories


£30 per day for students / £60 per day for staff working in academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector / £100 per day for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.


Yorkshire and Humberside


Case Study, Participatory Research, Mixed Methods, Visual Methods, Grounded Theory, Thematic Analysis, Multimodal Analysis, Qualitative Data Coding, inclusive research, Documentary research, Seldom heard groups, Qualitative interview design, Focus groups, Face-to-face qualitative interviewing, Videoing interviews, Creative methods, Observations, Non-participant observation, Data security, Reflexivity,

Related publications and presentations:

Case Study
Participatory Research
Mixed Methods
Visual Methods
Grounded Theory
Thematic Analysis
Multimodal Analysis
Qualitative Data Coding

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