RCA Moving Image Studio Seminar Series 2011 - Session 2. Delivered by Steven Eastwood.

The cinematic essay is a long-debated form which essentially makes use of the structures and systems at work in film and television to make academic, polemical or poetic assertions rather than default to the narrative means adopted by the traditions of the documentary. In the place of articulating by way of the discourses of sobriety (working towards scientific fact), or producing character-led stories from the lived world, the cinematic essay references a variety of sources to introduce complex ideas about how media operates, how arguments are formed, and how cultures produce meanings.

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