Filmmakers' research perspectives: an overview of Australian and UK filmmaking research

Callaghan, Joanna and Kerrigan, Susan (2016) Filmmakers' research perspectives: an overview of Australian and UK filmmaking research. ASPERA Screen Production Research: The Big Questions, The University of Canberra, Bruce, ACT, Australia, 5 - 7 July 2016. Published in: Kerrigan, Susan, Dooley, Kath and Frankham, Bettina, (eds.) Refereed Proceedings: Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association Annual Conference 2016. 2016 1-16. Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association, Australia. ISBN 9780994336538

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Filmmaking research is part of the broader practice research paradigm – known as practice-led, practice-based and creative practice research – where films are created as research outputs in fiction, documentary and hybrid forms. Filmmaking researchers’ enquiries into production practices, techniques, modes and genres used in cinema, television and online have been successfully conducted using filmmaking as a primary research method. This paper sets out to explore the approaches used in filmmaking research that have been adopted in Australia and the UK, to identify the similarities and differences between the two research environments by looking at nine sample research projects.

The sample projects illustrate the diversity of films as research outputs, where some are made as a means of exploring theoretical perspectives, like “The Brisbane Line” (Maher 2011) and “Love in the Post” (Callaghan 2014). Others were created as part of larger interdisciplinary research projects, for example “Using Fort Scratchley” (Kerrigan 2008a) saw communication and history academics work together. With the series “Reducing Bullying: Evidence Based Strategies for Schools” (Wotherspoon 2006), social scientists and film production academics created a series of films used to initiate classroom discussions around acceptable social behaviours. The common element in the sample projects is that filmmaking was used as a research method, even though each project used a different methodology.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: filmmaking research, filmmaking, practice research, practice-based research, film
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: A General Works > AI Indexes (General)
T Technology > TR Photography > TR0845 Cinematography. Motion pictures
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Depositing User: Joanna Callaghan
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2018 11:07
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 14:10

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