MPhil/PhD Scholarship Weathering The Digital Maelstrom: Decisions, Workflows and Processes for Film Production in the Digital Age.

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Digital technology has been responsible for revolutionising film production. What was once an acutely expensive undertaking has been reduced in cost in most areas of practical operations: hardware for capturing and software for editing make claims for reducing time through speed of processing and accessibility through low cost hardware.

This has led to new methods for film production, from the absence of storyboards to the acquisition of vast quantities of footage, or the software-driven editing processes that allow revisiting films thought of as ‘complete’. These changes determine the character of the films we see.

This studentship is proposed as an investigation into how this new environment changes the production process, from the generation of ideas to the way in which films are shot and post-processed. How has the availability of digital technology changed the process and results of film production?  What implications does this have for how we consider the film as an artefact or means of expression?  How have the conventions of film been affected by the changes in cost and access?

The successful candidate will receive a £13726 bursary (years 2 and 3 linked to RCUK Doctoral Stipend rate) plus a contribution towards tuition fees of up to the equivalent of the university’s Home/EU rate for the duration of their scholarship, subject to performance.

Applicants must hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (UK or UK equivalent) in a relevant discipline. 

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Applications are sought by the indicated closing date for starting in September 2013.

For further information please contact the supervisor: Professor Gregory Sporton 0208 331 8001.

For additional information about the studentship and links to the application form please go to: 

The application form should be completed and returned to:  and include: a comprehensive CV and a one page covering letter explaining your interest in the project and how it relates to past experience and present motivations. Attachments should be in PDF or Word format.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 UTC on Tuesday 11 June 2013

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