Beyond Participatory Production : Digitally Supporting Grassroots Documentary

Green, David and Schofield, Guy and Pritchard, Gary and Olivier, Patrick and Wright, Peter (2015) Beyond Participatory Production : Digitally Supporting Grassroots Documentary. In: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems :. ACM, New York, pp. 4753-4764. ISBN 9781450346559

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Although many common tools of media making such as video cameras have become more accessible in recent years, many remain inaccessible. Cinematography, lighting and sound-recording equipment for example can be prohibitively expensive to obtain, complex to configure, and/or require specialist knowledge to operate effectively. These barriers can prevent non-professionals who want to produce highquality media from being able to. Cinehack is an ongoing project to research ways to overcome these barriers. In this paper, we specifically report on Cinehack: Cape Town, a participatory media making project. By co-producing hip hop videos within a community for whom media making is often a ‘means-to-an-end’, we were able gain insights into the kinds of support needed to enable high quality media making by non-professionals. Specifically, we highlight ways to meet users’ needs by embracing informal codes of practice via experimental making and peer-support.

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