Below are four recent films, showing, in order, the following different techniques:¬†Zoom interviews; video diaries; a series of interviews conducted in one place on one day; and individual in-depth case studies filmed in people’s home environments.

Experiences of work during the pandemic, for older people with long-term health conditions / CfAB + IES

This is a summary film, based on three separate themed videos. After the participants submitted initial video diaries, the final films were made entirely from Zoom interviews, and divided into: Different approaches to work; Continuing work whilst managing health; Having the right support to continue working. The films were produced as part of report by the Institute for Employment Studies, commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better.



This is from a longitudinal year-long study, involving monthly video diary submissions. It’s the first video of five, produced at the six month mark. This video reflects on the impact of the pandemic; the other videos were divided into: Life in general; Energy use; and Relationship with supplier. We also conducted Zoom interviews at the start and end of the year, which went into the first and final stage of films. [Nb. this video is confidential and not for public viewing].

Community impact of a housing & employment charity / Power To Change

This is a shorter, Twitter-length edit of a longer film, that shared the experiences of people who had benefited from the work Emmaus Dover does. It involved on-site filming – where interviewees were in the same place, on the same day – and some drone shots, plus the addition of music, to create a more engaging edit for social media.

Experiences of ‘informal voluntary contributions in the community’/ Centre for Ageing Better

This is a one-min compilation video for Instagram, as an intro to four separate longer ethnographic case-study videos. Each film involved spending a day with a different person, in their home and in community. You can see the full individual films here.