Macià Florit, teacher of the Field School “Making a Archaeological Movie“
Tell us a little bit about your course.
Last year the program was based on the realization of one project by students, about ten minutes long. This year we changed the approach and we have expanded it to three videos to explore different genres that can help us to expose archaeology. It’s about working in a very dynamic way and learning from many sources.
How do you organize your classes?
We started with two days of theory, learning basics of visual language and genres in which we will work. The third day we explain the approach and activities, and after a couple of days of shooting, we start editing. The following week we make a couple of projects using everything learned in the first one.
Which genres are you going to study and how can they be used by students after the completion of the course?
We go through the archaeological documentary, the newspaper reports, the promotional video, the recreation… The use of these formats is extensive and it serves to transform the way you present the findings and explain a particular excavation. Through them you can make videos with very dynamic academic content. For example, through recreation you can very directly expose the situation that surrounded a particular site or a found piece.
What kind of students can we find?
In general, there are two types. First, archaeologists, historians and anthropologists who see visual communication as a good tool to disseminate their future work. And secondly, those who already have notions in the audiovisual field and want to focus on history and archaeology.