Embedding impact in collaborative filmmaking processes: a case study

Bendon, Helen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0600-8524 and Lukic, Vesna ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2685-0153 (2022) Embedding impact in collaborative filmmaking processes: a case study. Media Practice and Education, 23 (2) . pp. 188-194. ISSN 2574-1136 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/25741136.2022.2056792)

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Working with two community partners, Barnet Mencap and Why me? (a restorative justice provider), we were invited, with our students from the BA Film programme at Middlesex University, to participate in a knowledge exchange project. The aim of this project was to make the processes of restorative justice more accessible to individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism. We produced and delivered four short educational/campaign films, which are now available online, including on our partners’ websites. While the anticipated impact of the films was clearly defined, positioned from the outset of the project and will be monitored over time, we wish to shift our focus in this article away from the outcomes and explore the notion of impact in relation to the process of making these films. We worked collaboratively with our students, challenging hierarchical assumptions both in an educational setting and in the context of a filmmaking crew. Most importantly, the collaboration also entailed working with a group of neurodivergent actors, who contributed, apart from their acting, through improvisation and interventions to the script. In this context, our project provides for an insightful framework for thinking about impact in relation to a more accessible and inclusive filmmaking process.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 35900
Notes on copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
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Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2022 12:44
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2022 15:34
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/35900

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