Draft Research Essay
The project is to generate a coherent documentary out of fragmented footage and material, or found footage, with which I had no control over the production. The material was shot by non-filmmakers, about a specific subject, but with no coherent line of narrative or clear structure (essentially a series of anecdotes). Through research and study of fragmented narrative structures, found footage practice and cinematic theory surrounding documentary and montage, I will devise a structure and outcome that suits this material and subject. This process will provide insight into the making of documentary cinema and the problems it faces in the contemporary media climate, as well as explore innovative techniques for documentary story telling.
So I thought I’d come up with four relevant sub-headings. The idea is to fit my research so far, plus what I will generate over the next week, into the headings. At 500 words each I will be able to complete my 2000 word draft…I’m not so sure about the fourth point, but it probably relates directly to all the course work we do…
The Nature of Found Footage – Previous examples of approaches and solutions
Fragmentation and non-linearity
Contemporary Media Climate???
One important first step may be to consider these headings and to get them as clear and concise as possible…