Thematic Concentrations: My Research World
In order to be fully successful and sustainable, researchers need to address areas such as ontology and epistemology. With such an understanding, practitioners will ensure that the filmmaking practice is academically rigorous and has full integrity. They need to look inwardly in order to be able to articulate the tacit. What and why are they interested in what they are researching? In order to answer these questions, I examined my own research. As a result of this examination, I have defined five main areas of interest for me that are pivotal to my work. Central to these is the agency of the importance of family stories and photographs and the impact these have had on me as a filmmaker. This interest is inextricably linked with notions of memory and remembering and how these processes have been represented visually. Importantly for my practice has been a fascination with Super 8 film as a medium, in particular in the form of found home movies that I use extensively in my practice. In this chapter, I contextualize these themes which are at the heart of my research and which permeate the book.
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