Low and Slow: Notes on the Production and Distribution of a Mobile Video Ethnography

The present article is a brief reflection accompanying Low and Slow: a 26 min ethnographic video documenting the occupation of commercial floatplane pilots, with a particular focus on their skills, technologies, sense of place and knowledge of weather. The video was independently produced, directed and edited by the author of this article. To date the video is slated to air in the fall of 2016 on the Canadian TV channel Knowledge Network. The paper offers a reflection on the video’s objectives, its production and distribution in order to encourage others to practice video-based mobile methods, to edit their audiovisual work, and to disseminate it more widely than video-based research has been disseminated so far. To this effect, the article offers reflections on the fruitful intersection between mobile methods and ethnographic video, on precisely how Low and Slow was produced and distributed, and on why mobility students and scholars should view the use of video documentation as an important methodological research tool.


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  • Accession Number: 01630776
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2017 5:08PM