Producing Knowledge with Film

This workshop will teach filmmaking in an academic research-based context to increase filmic and video literacy, and learn technical audio/video production skills. Students will be able to represent their work visually, and build new pathways for their student research and activities.

June 6, 2022, 11:00am Eastern Time – August 8, 2022, 11:00am Eastern Time

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Jessica JacobsJessica Jacobs, FilmGeographies and Queen Mary University of London

Dr. Jessica Jacobs is a geographer from the UK who uses film in her research on gentrification, tourism and heritage in the UK and Middle East. She is the founder of FilmGeographies, the online network for all things related to film and geography. Her filmmaking workshops focus on how digital film can be used creatively to produce and present research to our peers, research partners and the wider public.

Vitor Hugo CostaVitor Hugo Costa, Metafilmes

Vítor Hugo Costa is an award winning filmmaker, producer and cultural mediator based in Lisbon, Portugal. He’s an expert in editing and film production, a persevering dreamer who believes in the power of film as a means to achieve social justice. He has produced over 13 documentaries, all with a strong community and social component. They have been screened and broadcast internationally and many have been showcased at international festivals and won several awards.

Eligibility and capacity

We will select up to 20 graduate students to participate in this workshop. Selection will be based on your AAG membership status, your research needs, and time of registration. If you are selected, we will notify you ahead of the workshop and provide you all the workshop details and session links. If you are selected, the expectation is that you will participate in all sessions of the workshop.


The selected participants are expected to be one of two groups. Firstly, students who have a research project/assignment they are already working on and would like to use filmmaking as part of their research methodology. These students could already have chosen an ethnographic approach or other qualitative approach which they would like to adapt or modify to include film-making. A second cohort would be students who have already collected their empirical data for a research project — which could be using either qualitative or quantitative methods — but who wish to use film to present this data creatively in a way that will allow their research to reach a wider audience. This audience could be their peers, their teachers, stakeholders, the wider public and/or the participants from their research project.

Detailed schedule

This workshop will meet at the following times (Eastern Time):

  • Session 1: AAG Welcome Session, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Monday, June 6
  • Session 2: Planning Your Film, 8:00 – 10:00am, Tuesday, June 14
  • Session 3: Office Hours, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Wednesday, June 15
  • Session 4: Sharing Your Video Clips and Experience of Filming, 8:00 – 10:00am, Thursday, June 16
  • Session 5: Presentation of Draft Films (Rough Cuts), 9:00 – 11:00am, Friday, June 17

Throughout the week, expect to also spend a few hours working independently on readings or short assignments for the workshop.