Andy Lawrence and Paul Henley established Filmmaking For Fieldwork in 2009 to concentrate on the development of cinema practice as a research method. After Paul's departure Andy developed this into F4F™ and now works with Kieran Hanson, an independant filmmaker and educator and Martha-Cecilia Dietrich, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bern, to deliver courses and project work. F4F™ offers a set of modular training courses in audio-visual research methods and documentary filmmaking to a wide variety of participants. We emphasise the central principles of our methodology through hands-on practice, introducing participants to basic skills in camera operation, sound recording and editing. We also offer production assistance on your own filmed research projects. In 2018 we were overjoyed to receive the prestigious AHRC Research Film of the Year award for our collaboration with Stephen Linstead (F4Fparticpant 2013) on his film Black Snow and as a mark of our efforts in establishing cinema as a research method. Our team is unique because we work at university research level and as professional filmmakers.

Our flagship course, the F4F Summer School, is an introduction to documentary making particularly suited to those wishing to direct and produce, with an emphasis on the ways filmmaking can be used to explore and represent academic research subjects.  The F4F Summer School guides participants through a series of structured workshops, practical exercises and screening events leading to open discussions on methodologies, ethics, technology and more. This ‘hands-on’ practical course will introduce you to all aspects of professional documentary film production with a particular emphasis on the research environment. By the end of the Summer School participants can expect to have foundational skills and the confidence necessary to make their own documentary films. Our other courses offer refreshers to those with some prior knowledge of filmmaking and research methods, or give guided assistance to those wishing to complete their own film project.

We also teach F4F at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester in the UK; at the University of Bern in Switzerland; at the Free University in Berlin, Germany; and regularly at the Yunnan University in Kunming, China.