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The Burning

Lees, D. (2022) The Burning. [Video] (Sightlines: Filmmaking in the Academy Issue 4 2022)

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The concept of ‘Modes of Creative Practice’, developed during my doctoral research (University of Reading, 2013-19), seeks to loosely delineate the different approaches that filmmakers adopt when creating fiction films. The theory identifies specific changes in creative practice between individual directors, enabling a conceptual grouping of practices into separate Modes. Three such modes have been described in detail: the ‘Performance-Centred Mode’, the ‘Social Realist Mode’ and the ‘Design-Centred Mode’. This taxonomy is developed with reference to two key factors: the creative intentions of the director; and the nature of the creative practices adopted by the director in making their film. The making of The Burning used practice research to investigate the third of these modes, in which a filmmaker’s attention shifts significantly towards a film’s design. Certain genres of film sit firmly within the Design-Centred Mode: fantasy, science fiction and historical film are good examples. The Burning was developed as its historical setting, Tudor England, necessitates a concentration of creative intention and practice on issues associated with the film’s design.

Item Type:Video
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:104996
Uncontrolled Keywords:Film, practice research, creative practice, historical film, costume, modes of creative practice, production design.
Publisher:ASPERA Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association
Publisher Statement:Dominic Lees’ 20-minute short film The Burning is a compelling historical drama that deploys practice research to investigate the author’s theory around ‘Modes of Creative Practice in fiction filmmaking’. According to the accompanying research statement, the work submitted uses film practice to explore the ‘design-centred mode’. This is part of a project developed by Lees to investigate ‘how filmmakers create films’.

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