‘From Film Practice to Data Process: The Transitional People, Tools and Labour of Digital Film Production’
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2012 was a key transitional moment in the history of filmmaking, where both the film industry and film production practices were poised between the two distinct medium polarities of film and digital. In this talk I draw on a wealth of first hand research materials including visual and aural records of interviews with professionals across the entire spectrum of feature film production which were gathered through an intensive period of embedded engagement and privileged access. Through a close examination of the production of Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa during 2012, I reveal how film and analogue motifs and nomenclature were inscribed and sustained throughout the entire production process. Through the examination of embodied practices, onset processes and protocols, including hardware design, software and interface aesthetics, I trace the origins of the often-perplexing skeuomorphic vestiges of traditional film and celluloid materials and practices. I consider the reasons for their persistence which at once appear to seek to mask the use of the digital medium whilst simultaneously attempting to erase all traces of the analogue. Dr Sarah Atkinson is Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures at King's College London and coeditor of Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Sarah has published three books and numerous articles on the impacts of digital and networked technologies on film & cinema audiences and film production practices. These include her recently published monograph ‘From Film Practice to Data Process: Production Aesthetics and Representational Practices of a Film Industry in Transition’ (Edinburgh University Press 2018) from which this presentation draws its material.