Making photofilms @ ILRI



  • ILRI produces photofilms, which are multimedia forms that combine photographs and audio recordings, to tell stories.
  • Photofilms can be used to document project stories that include the voices and pictures of people and experiences in the field.
  • Useful for showing how research connects with people‚Äôs lives.
  • Photofilms range from between 2 and 5 minutes in length.

Required tools
- An audio recorder to record high quality audio files of interviews and other sounds. e.g. Zoom H2 Handy Recorder
- A DSLR camera to take photographs e.g. Canon 450d
- Audio editing software e.g. Adobe Audition, Audacity or Soundtrack Pro
- Compute software to organize and add effects to the final pictures and audio files e.g. iMovie (for Mac computers) and Movie Maker (PC's).
- Photo editing software e.g. Photoshop (not a strict requirement).

Making a photofilm
  1. Start by identifying a possible story to cover.
  2. Where possible, set up a team of two to make the Photofilm i.e. in recording interviews and taking pictures.
  3. Collect additional sounds and images related to the setting of the interview. e.g traditional music or farm sounds.
  4. Using audio editing software, edit audio files to shorted to between 2 and 5 minutes, add background music etc.
  5. Select best pictures that compliment and highlight the interview (a Photofilm requires at least 25 good quality photos, more pictures if longer)
  6. Combine audio file and pictures in iMovie or Movie Maker.
  7. Add appropriate titles and credits to the film
  8. Export final compilation as a high quality video file for uploading to different web platforms.

Required information for finalizing a photofilm:
See 'required information' guidelines for using YouTube at ILRI):

View a playlist of ILRI photofilms.

More information:To find out more about photofilms at ILRI and how you can use them contact Paul Karaimu, Muthoni Njiru or Apollo Habtamu.