This is a video essay produced as part of my doctoral research and presented at Minding the Gap: Reflections on Media Practice & Theory
In this 15 minute reflective film I consider how I might develop the documentary film form into a method of “writing” with video to articulate a more complex understanding of the world. My professional career and more recent academic practice has led me to consider two strands in my practice as a film-maker:
(1) the meaning of evidence in the use of documentary video;
(2) the value of documentary video as a creative academic research tool.
Currently I am examining these aspects by considering the application of ambiguity, stilling, and silence in my practice-based doctoral research project: a worked-through example of an original historical investigation which began as a broadcast project but has developed into an exploration of the creative use of documentary video across a range of platforms. I will suggest that by moving away from the limited formulaic, traditional constructions of broadcast documentary practice, film-makers can adopt the more complex notions of truth familiar to artists and academics operating within a post-modern framework marked by competing narratives. The current challenge I face is to let go of my own broadcast training and conventions and view the material in new ways which are informed by the rigour of scholarship.
This video essay was screened at:
Minding The Gap: a one-day training symposium for Postgraduates & Early Career Researchers
Reuters Institute, University of Oxford
Saturday 12th May 2007
Trevor Hearing trained as a cameraman at the regional ITV company Tyne Tees Television in 1980 before becoming a producer, director and executive producer. Still with a camera on his shoulder, he set up an independent production company in Newcastle and has made programmes for the BBC and Channel Four as well as ITV. He is currently a senior lecturer in television production at Bournemouth University.
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