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Documentary training by Visual Box

by Annelies Kusters


In this film, you will get an impression of the course that Visual Box, a Flemish sign language media agency, gave to five potential deaf cameramen with the aim of preparing them to record an ethnographic documentary on deaf-hearing visual communication in Mumbai (see project description). These five deaf young men have experience with making their own movies, but haven't yet had experience with filming full-length documentaries or in working with a (semi-)professional camera. During the course, we spent a lot of time in the city practicing how to record visual communication between deaf and hearing interlocutors. Research assistant Sujit acted as deaf research participant. In addition, we learned how to hold various kinds of interviews with or without a sign language interpreter and how to capture the environment. This course culminated in the pilot which you can see in the next film.