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Film as a Research Method

Film as a Research Method
A Practice-based Guide

December 2025 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This applied text provides students and researchers with a practical, step-by-step guide to using film to produce research.

Despite the recent explosion in the use of digital technologies like smartphones, there has been huge lack of practical information for researchers who want to use film in their work. Until now.

Each chapter in this guide uses case studies to provide practical advice and recommendations, including advice from film professionals. Explanations of the necessary theory are provided throughout to give in-depth context to your research. In two sections - on method and on output – this guide explains film as a visual methodolog, covering:

  • technologies of film - equipment and software
  • constructing the sound and the image
  • filming - using your camera in the field
  • editing - from the first cut to post-production
  • impact and the audience

 This highly-informative resource - including web-based materials - provides anyone with a smartphone in their pocket with the tools to use film in their research. From the qualitative issues of film as a method to the practical issues of film as an output, this is the social science researcher’s A-Z.

Film as a visual research method
Technologies of film
Filming (workflow i)
Editing (workflow ii)
Editing to out (workflow iii)
Impact and the Audience
Conclusion – Text and the film

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