Mobilising stillness: From database to story, via still and moving-image
Author: Mason, Wyn
Source: Journal of Media Practice, Volume 13, Number 2, 4 September 2012 , pp. 143-162(20)
Abstract:The article explores the concept of 'database film-making' (i.e. first compiling a creative database of images in order to later construct a narrative in post-production, rather than following the more traditional pathway of film-making via scriptwriting), arguing that approaching a film from a database perspective can potentially increase its cinematic qualities. The article builds upon 'Database as a symbolic form' (2001) by Manovich, along with cinematographic writings by Kracauer, Bresson and Tarkovsky, and presents a schema for mapping a spectrum of film-making practice from script-based to database. The author takes his own short film Crossing (2008) - co-directed with film-maker/photographer Ian Wiblin - as a case study of an image-led fiction film. The film's database consisted of both stills and moving-images, which were juxtaposed in a variety of ways; the article reflects upon this methodology, listing the variety of techniques utilized and how the meanings generated could only have emerged from adopting a database approach to storytelling.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Glamorgan
Publication date: September 4, 2012
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