Hey this is my last post before deadline but this blog will be staying live and myself and Natalie have had such great feedback concerning the film and had such fun making the film that we are definitely planning to carry on and keep filming regarding masculinity. We DEFINITELY want to expand the idea and involve women, children and anyone else that has anything to say about the subject. I’m really sad that this chapter is over!!



Easter Holidays

11/04/12- Today we started with 18 minutes of footage. Had to be so ruthless with clips decided that we are going to put extra footage on the blog. So sad that some of our favourite bits have to be taken out 😦

12/04/12- Today we got it down to 9 minutes 15 seconds of footage and had collected it into clusters of themes and had to scrap the initial narrative that we had written as the film didn’t flow and didn’t make sense. We found it really jumpy. Film was in great shape by the end of today. We had pretty much finished film and am waiting to show Cate tomorrow. Both really pleased 🙂 we have realised how heavy our film is in terms of interview. Errol Morris- back to back interview. But its good!

13/04/12- Showed Cate the film, she likes it however we have an issue with copyright as we used “Four seasons Walk like a Man” Cate told us that we could not use the track. Devastated! The opening sequence is a montage of “blooper” style reels to the song. It was perfect, so we had an idea……Our friend Scottie is a musician and singer, this evening we asked him if he could copy the song to avoid copyright and he agreed.

14/04/12- today we took out the original copyright version of “walk like a man” and put in Scottie’s cover of the song we also put him in the credits, thanking him. We did the fine tunings of the film and watched it through many times to check that it all ran smoothly and to try to see if there were any small bits that we were not happy with and watched to amend. Once we had decided that we were completely finished we rendered the film and watched it one last time. Tomorrow we will export the film onto vimeo and DVD 🙂

Tough Guise…

Documentary that really got the ball rolling with finding our guys…..this documentary was posted on a facebook wall and Raki commented on it showing his interest. From there we asked him if he wanted to be a part of the film and he was up for it !

While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has until recently remained largely invisible. Tough Guise is the first educational video geared toward college and high school students to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century. In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that widespread violence in American society, including the tragic school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, Jonesboro, Arkansas, and elsewhere, needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity. This exciting new media literacy tool– utilizing racially diverse subject matter and examples– will enlighten and provoke students (both males and females) to evaluate their own participation in the culture of contemporary masculinity.

Boy raised for 5 years as “gender-neutral”

Found this article and found it interesting as originally we were going to explore the effect of gender stereotypes and how this shapes the way we are as adults. We were going to ask the young boys we were planning to film questions concerning gender. We were going to take them to a toy shop and offer to buy them a Barbie etc and see how they reacted etc..

“Jackassification” of Men

one of our guys  that featured in the film (Charlie)  spoke about an article that he used in one of his essays on gender of he need for men to endure pain in the name of “manhood”

Walsh, F (2010) Male Trouble: Masculinity and the Performance of Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

Breaking bubbles

Weekend of the 2nd/3rd was the Breaking Bubbles conference, which was the first National Anthropology conference that had been organised by undergraduate students. I attended and filmed the event. It was such an amazing weekend. I met some truly brilliant people and we also met one of the men that featured in our film Ben MacFayden.  Ben is an anthropology student from Sussex university and is building his own eco-home in his garden. During the panel questions Ben made a reference to never “feeling like more of a man than when he was digging the foundations for his home” but also the need for the mix of the masculine with the feminine and the fact that he could then pick up blue bell bulbs to plant for the next spring. he felt it was vital for men to “engage with the natural world”

Visual Anthropology………..

This is my blog that will supplement the film that myself and Nat have made and make it all a bit clearer (hopefully!) …we decided to make a film on “masculinity”. We had no aim and nothing to prove,  the film has no plot; we just wanted an insight into how some men feel about being male.