Authorial Voice and Agency in Film Making
Author: Houtman, Coral
Source: Journal of Media Practice, Volume 5, Number 2, 1 September 2004 , pp. 101-110(10)
Abstract:The aspiring film-maker is in a highly competitive environment where it is very easy to be seduced by narcissistic identification with the rewards of the media industries and become devastated by the failure to develop the skills and competencies which enable a ‘speakability’ within this environment. It is precisely through an understanding of authorship as the psychoanalytic performance of discourse that we can liberate students from the tyranny of the demand to be original and bring them into the expression of the experiential. Film-students as filmmakers need an understanding of their own psychic investments and those of their collaborators so that they can liberate each other from traumatic artistic silence and enable each other to find the unique artistic signifiers that articulate their desires. I look at Lacanian discourse theory to understand how we as educators may help them to achieve this.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Wales, Newport
Publication date: 2004-09-01
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