Archives for May2014

Amateur films, Australian troops and the Vietnam War

See Stephanie Boyle (2009), ‘Amateur Film and the Researcher: Alternative Perspectives of Australian Soldiers in Vietnam’, Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 40:3, 223-233.

‘Amateur films, home movies, home videos – whatever they might be called – have been described as providing authentic, alternative, and personalised views of life, on subjects ranging from simple family rituals to cataclysmic events such as natural disasters and war. The importance of these records as resources for historical and social research is increasingly being acknowledged by the academic community, as well as by commercial program makers who have long been aware of their potential. This paper focuses on one collection, the amateur films shot by Australian troops during their deployment in Vietnam. These films present a view of the Vietnam War distinctly different to the perspective offered by official records and other sources of information, and they offer an insight into the soldiers’ own perspective which is not necessarily available elsewhere. As such, they represent a significant research resource in their own right, providing rich primary material for a wide range of researcher activities.’

Skype Connections and the Gaze of Friendship and Family

Skype Connections and the Gaze of Friendship and Family
‘This is a mini academic conference, sponsored by Skype and MSR, into research on video-mediated communications in private and domestic life. It is particularly interested in the interactional properties of these communications – the forms of talk, gaze and mutual attention rather than the HCI and design aspects (which future events might look at). It will be held on Jun 3rd and 4th at MSR Cambridge, UK.


Rare volume on Catalan amateur filmmaking

“El cinema amateur a Catalunya” by Jordi Tomàs i Freixa and Albert Beorlegui i Tous (Filmoteca de Catalunya, 2009).

Amateur footage of Cambridge student life during WWII

Captured on film: footage of Cambridge student life during WWII: ‘Previously unseen archive footage has been made available online which shows student life in Cambridge at the start of the Second World War.’

“No story, no camera’

‘Escuela Audiovisual Infantil‘ (Colombia) is a unique open-house educational and media project for children (8-16yrs old) who are encouraged to make (amateur) films based on their own stories. For more information see the project’s Facebook page and a detailed article and interview here.

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