The DSLR Revolution and its Impact on Documentary and Ethnographic Filmmaking | Nuska | Visual Ethnography
Cover Image

The DSLR Revolution and its Impact on Documentary and Ethnographic Filmmaking

Petr Nuska

Abstract


The article deals with the involvement of digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) with video-capturing capacity in the making of documentary and ethnographic films. More particularly, it examines whether and to what extent these genres were influenced by a trend called the “DSLR revolution,” which arose mainly between 2008 and 2014. Firstly, it acquaints the reader with the phenomenon of the DSLR revolution from a technological point of view. Secondly, it provides a qualitative analysis of the testimonies of ten documentary and ethnographic filmmakers, who used DSLR cameras in making their films; this is the main contribution of the article. The article evaluates the role of this phenomenon and considers the future involvement of DSLRs in the genre of documentary and in visual-ethnography research.

Keywords


DSLR; Digital Cameras; Film and Video Technology; Documentary film; Ethnographic film; Visual Anthropology

Full Text:

 Subscribers Only

References


ABRAMJAN, Andran, dir.

To Rule, to Work, to Earn, to Pray, to Collapse. Czech Republic. https://dafilms.com/film/9023-to-rule-to-work-to-earn-to-pray-to-collapse, accessed November 14, 2018.

AUNGER, Mitch

Planet5D : Curated Digital Image News. http://blog.planet5d.com/home, accessed June 19, 2017.

BANKS, Marcus, and Howard MORPHY

Rethinking Visual Anthropology. New Haven; London: Yale University Press.

BARKER, Paul

The Rise of Camcorder Culture. In Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary. Kevin Macdonald and Mark Cousins, eds. London: Faber and Faber.

BASU, Paul

Reframing Ethnographic Film. In Rethinking Documentary: New Perspectives and Practices Pp. 94–106.

Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press. https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/21535/, accessed November 13, 2018.

BEHIRI, Opher, Nino LEITNER, and Sebastian WÖBER

Cinema5D.Com. https://www.cinema5d.com/about/, accessed June 19, 2017.

BORDWELL, David

On the History of Film Style. Harvard University Press.

CIPA

CIPA - Camera & Imaging Products Association: Digital Cameras (Statistical Data).

http://www.cipa.jp/stats/dc_e.html, accessed November 14, 2018.

CRESWELL, John W.

Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing among Five Traditions. Qualitative Health Research.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The Combined Nomenclature - European Commission. European Commission, 13. October.

http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/tariff_aspects/combined_nomenclature/index_en.htm, accessed November 14, 2018.

FOSSUM, Eric R.

CMOS Image Sensors: Electronic Camera-on-a-Chip. IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 44(10): 1689–1698.

GAUTHIER, Guy

Le Documentaire : Un Autre Cinéma. Armand Colin.

GERŐ, Marcell, dir.

Cain’s Children. Hungary, France. https://dokweb.net/database/films/details/57b54e00-830c-4b09-8a6f-d21000624d9d/kainovy-deti, accessed November 14, 2018.

GOLDSCHMIDT, Walter

Ethnographic Film: Definition and Exegesis. PIEF Newsletter 3(2).

GUNCHEON, Michael

Magic Lantern Guides: Canon EOS Rebel T1i/EOS 500D. Lark Books NC.

HARDY, Forsyth

Grierson on Documentary. Rev. ed. London: Faber and Faber.

HÁTLE, Petr, dir

The Great Night. Czech Republic. https://dokweb.net/database/films/synopsis/f9b0f575-522d-471d-

c-d8474d4c4b43/the-great-night, accessed November 14, 2018.

HEIMANN, Julia, dir., and Konstantina BOUSMPOURA, dir.

Working Dancers. Argentina, Greece. https://www.badcrowd.eu/completed, accessed November 14,

KITAMURA, Masahiko, DAISUKE Shirai, KUNITAKE Kaneko, et al.

Beyond 4K: 8K 60p Live Video Streaming to Multiple Sites. Future Generation Computer Systems 27(7):

–959.

KUPIAINEN, Jari, dir.

Kastom Twelve – Rennell and Bellona Artists at the FOPA 2012. Finland, Solomon Islands.

http://www.pkey.fi/viscult/2014/elokuva-kastom-twelve.php, accessed November 14, 2018.

LANCASTER, Kurt

DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video. 2nd edition. Taylor & Francis.

LIOTARD, Andre Francis, Samivel, and Jean THEVENOT

Cinema D’Exploration: Cinema Au Long Cours. Paris: Chavane.

LURF, Johann, dir.

Reconnaissance. Austria, USA. http://www.sixpackfilm.com/en/catalogue/show/2007, accessed

November 14, 2018.

MAREČEK, Martin, dir.

Solar Eclipse. Czech Republic. https://dokweb.net/database/films/synopsis/2b6fbf0a-6394-4394-aecf-

d54647c18cd/pod-sluncem-tma, accessed November 14, 2018.

MARSHALL, Martin N.

Sampling for Qualitative Research. Family Practice 13(6): 522–525.

MAX PIXEL N.D.

Photo of a DSLR Camera. https://www.maxpixel.net/Equipment-Photography-Shooting-Dslr-Camera-Canon-

, accessed November 14, 2018.

NUSKA, Petr

DSLR Documentary: Using DSLR in Documentary and Ethnographic Filmmaking (Qualitative

Questionnaire).

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318469277_DSLR_Documentary_Using_DSLR_in_Documentary_and_Ethnographic_Filmmaking_Qualitative_Questionnaire, accessed July 17, 2017.

PANÁKOVÁ, Jaroslava, dir.

5 Lives. Slovakia, Russia. http://www.antropofest.cz/en/8/movie-detail?mid=162, accessed November 14, 2018.

PATTON, M. Q.

Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods. Qualitative Inquiry 3rd: 598.

PIKE, Caleb

DSLR Video Shooter: Helping Filmmakers Tell Better Stories. http://dslrvideoshooter.com/about/, accessed June 19, 2017.

PINK, Sarah

Doing Visual Ethnography : Images, Media, and Representation in Research. 2nd ed. London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.

PRICE, Nicky

Decline of DSLRs for Pro Video - Press Article. https://www.futuresource-consulting.com/Press-

Decline-of-DSLRs-for-Pro-Video-6782.html, accessed July 23, 2017.

PRINCE, Stephen

The Emergence of Filmic Artifacts: Cinema and Cinematography in the Digital Era. Film Quarterly 57(3). University of California Press: 24–33. http://fq.ucpress.edu/cgi/doi/10.1525/fq.2004.57.3.24, accessed November 30, 2017.

ROBERTS, A.

The Film Look: It’s Not Just Jerky Motion... BBC R&D White Paper WHP053(December).

RUBY, Jay

Is an Ethnographic Film a Filmic Ethnography? Studies in the Anthropology of Visual Communication 2(2): 104–1.

RUBY, Jay

The Death of Ethnographic Film. Seeing Culture: The Anthropology of Visual Communication. Philadelphia (USA): American Anthropological Association meetings at Temple University, December 2, 1998.

RUBY, Jay

The Aggie Must Come First: Robert Flaherty’s Place in Ethnographic Film History. In Picturing Culture. Explorations of Film and Anthropology Pp. 67–93.

SHARMA, Gunjan

HDSLRs: Future of Low Budget Film Making. Journal of Mass Communication 11(1): 22–25.

SÍBRT, Radovan, dir.

The Prison of Art. Czech Republic. https://dokweb.net/database/films/synopsis/c246ad5a-c832-4c0e-92d8-f57287f579dd/vezeni-umeni, accessed November 14, 2018.

STEJSKAL, Jirí̌, dir.

My Home. Czech Republic, Ukraine. https://dokweb.net/database/films/synopsis/54a27679-6017-4447-bc07-028379c2dfcc/jama, accessed November 14, 2018.

SUDHAKARAN, Sareesh

Where Cameras Stand in Dynamic Range: Film vs. Digital. http://wolfcrow.com/blog/where-cameras-

stand-in-dynamic-range-film-vs-digital/, accessed July 20, 2017.

SUGIMOTO, Masao, CHIHAYA Ogusu, and HIDEO Ikegami

New Electronic News-Gathering System. IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting BC-21(1): 15–24.

SUKOVÁ, Željka, dir.

Marija’s Own. Croatia. https://dokweb.net/database/films/synopsis/ed775740-2b8e-4933-a515-df1e5eaf1b0d/marija-s-own, accessed November 14, 2018.

TASOVSKÁ, Klára, dir., and Lukáš Kokeš, dir.

Fortress. Czech Republic. https://dokweb.net/database/films/synopsis/3d889d5f-beba-48c7-ab8a-87695807c466/fortress, accessed November 14, 2018.

WEISE, Marcus, and DIANA Weynand

How Video Works. Focal Press, 2 edition.

YAZJI, Liwaa, dir.

Haunted. Syrian Arab Republic. https://dokweb.net/database/films/synopsis/ac20e212-8a4a-4a3f-89b4-16e8cd40ef41/haunted, accessed November 14, 2018.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


ISSN Print 2499-9288
ISSN Online 2281-1605
Publisher Altrimedia Edizioni
Patronage University of Basilicata, Italy
Web Leonardo Di Benedetto



Periodico registrato presso il Tribunale di Matera, numero di registrazione 2/2014