Through a program of practice-based research, I investigate how the documentary photo-essay can be translated into a video form. Undertaking such a project will enable me to both combine the approaches of a still and moving-image practice, as well as exploring the integration of interaction and the spatial arrangement of video. Three interactive non-fiction video works will be designed and produced, each directly informed by the aesthetic and narrative affordances of the photo-essay. The making of these prototype ‘video-essays’ will be used to develop a model for further engagement with non-fiction video, in my own practice. In a broader context, this research will provide alternative approaches towards digital video production and publication.
From the exegesis (available below as a pdf):
The video I shot of Miek Dunbar talking us through the templates is now online. As I mentioned in class they are mainly talking head stuff and not screen shots, so your mileage may vary in terms of their use for you. They run for nearly 50 minutes, so my advice is that if you are not sure, listen and watch it again in its entirety.
Many people are unaware of the stories of those who have worked at Melbourne's Docklands throughout this city's long industrial history. Neglect or disinterest means many people can't appreciate an important element of Melbourne's heritage — the seaport and the industry it has provided.
Melburnians would benefit from a visual portrayal of these personal stories from our waterfront's history through a series of mini documentaries which would be on permanent public display at the forthcoming Melbourne Maritime Museum visitor centre.