Do you love exploring other cultural worlds and making friends in other cultures?
Do you want to learn how to make videos like this?

Creating a travel video can be a fun way to share your travel experiences with your friends and family, but it can also be a great way to deepen your experience and deepen your relationship with locals.

Last month I traveled to Vietnam for a Cao Đài mother goddess festival, and created the video above.  After posting it I was inundated with friend requests, offers to attend other rituals, and a tremendous amount of community good will.

All of this reminded me that ethnographic video is not just a final product. It is an integral part of the ethnographic process itself, especially in today’s social media world.  It builds relationships, creates opportunities for collaboration, and opens up your work-in-progress for feedback from the community.

This summer I will be offering a class in Orvieto, Italy as part of the K-State in Italy Arts & Culture program.

In my class you will learn how to

  • use ethnographic techniques to create interesting and engaging travel videos
  • immerse yourself in local culture and build relationships with locals
  • “see” culture, and ways to capture stories and experiences on video

We will do ethnographic sketches, culture maps, sensory ethnographies and use many other ethnographic techniques to enrich our experience.

All “class” time will be out in the world, learning how to see and feel the place, and how to convey our vision and feelings into video form.

If you need a camera, I have several kits that I can lend out for the trip.

Let me know if you are interested, or go straight to K-State in Italy to sign up.


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