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date: 01 October 2022

Film as Fieldworklocked

Film as Fieldworklocked

  • Mark PedeltyMark PedeltyDepartment of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  •  and Elja RoyElja RoyDepartment of Communication and Film, University of Memphis

Summary

This article is about making media as a method for studying media, specifically focusing on film. Production-based methodologies can be particularly revelatory, especially when it comes to better understanding aspects of media production that might not be accessible via textual methods and audience ethnography alone. Scholars in communication studies, media sociology, media anthropology, media literacy pedagogy, and film studies have argued that a praxis combining media production and reflexive analysis can help us to better understand “backstage” realities that are less accessible to textual analysis and audience research methodologies. Who or what “authors” a film? Working as a scholar–producer can usefully complicate notions of authorship in the field of media studies, moving the field from an implicit auteur model (the media “text” as “authored”) to more complex understandings of the collective and institutional processes involved in most filmmaking, and in media production more broadly. Production-oriented methods are advancing as new media scholars, accustomed to making media, enter the academy.

Subjects

  • Mass Communication
  • Media and Communication Policy

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