LEO BERKELEY
FILMMAKER

Four colleagues and I, who have all recently completed our doctorates involving the production of a film, have got together to compare our experiences. We decided to write about our PhDs/DCAs in relation to:

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At this year’s ASPERA Conference in Brisbane in early July, Tim Thomas from the University of Canberra presented a paper called The Bass Girl Research Project.  The focus of the paper was on how Tim and his colleague Susan Thwaites used the production of a short film to conduct a research experiment into what is known in screen production as ‘crossing the line’ or the 180 degree rule.  This is an approach to filming screen action designed to convey a consistent sense of spatial continuity. 

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One of the interesting papers at the 2012 ASPERA Conference in Brisbane earlier this month was Gill Leahy from UTS talking about her experiences raising money for a film using crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding is one of those seductive web 2.0 developments that seems like a struggling independent filmmaker’s fantasy, so it was good to hear from someone who’s been through the process.  I think on the whole Gill felt it was a legitimate new source of funding for independent productions but with a few notes of caution:

Don’t underestimate the amount of work involved in communicating with would-be and actual pledgers;

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