Framing The World Through My Photographs

Assignment 2 – Brief

151MC Creative digital practice

Assignment 2

The grade will be 25% of your final grade.

“The capacity of photographs to evoke rather than tell, to suggest rather than explain, make them alluring material for the historian or the anthropologies or the art historian, who would pluck a single picture from a large collection and use it to narrate his or her own stories. But such stories may or may not have anything to do with the original narrative context of the photograph, the intent of the curator, or the ways in which it was used by the original audience.”

Martha Sandweiss

Digital photography currently sits in a very diverse field, it is quite common for practioners to be making moving images (a photo film) as well as still images. This assignment is designed to add to your pre-existing photographic skills and introduce how digital technology can open up new forms of visual representation.

Using the technical and creative skills acquired when making your show reel during the skills instruction workshop with Bex’s, you are required to make a 3-5 minute photofilm, which examines and challenges the idea of representation. NB Sandweiss’s quote and consider how you can creatively and depict one the themes below in an interesting and poetic way.

A successful small business
Personal hobbies – the need for a balanced work life balance An inspirational person
A personal obsession

As well as your film you will need to present your research and progress of your project on your blog. Chart the development of your ideas, your research. Your script and how it relates to other contemporary practioners working in the same way.

Practical advice

I am sure Bexs will have already told you but sequencing for filming is different than taking stills photographs and requires much more planning.

Plan your film before your start, and if it helps, script your film and shoot to script. Remember you need a lot of film footage/found data within film footage to make a film. Write yourself a proposal to clarify your ideas.

Be realistic and think of an achievable way to make your film.
Who are the character/s and can they give you the access you need? Do you have permission to shoot in a particular location?
All this points should be clarified before you start making your film.

You will need to factor in the use of equipment when making your film. Pre-book your equipment and remember to share with it with your friends and colleagues.


The marking criteria for this module includes evidencing your research and preparation for the film, critical analysis of your film and demonstrating an understanding of where you work sits historically and within a contemporary photographic practice. You will be able to demonstrate development of your ideas in a reflectively written blog.

You will need to hand in your finished film on disk at reception in ET building on March 8th by 4pm, along with a coversheet (NB coversheets can be downloaded from the 151MC moodle homepage) and your archived blog. You will also need to upload your video onto the CU vimeo channel for a class viewing Tuesday March 12th.

If you fail to hand in your film, you will get zero grade. If your work is deemed of low standard you will have an opportunity to resubmit your work. In which case CM will discuss this with you directly, NB submissions are capped at 40%. If you are unable to meet the deadline you can apply for an extension via the administration department. CU you has a strict policy on hand in dates, extensions are only given in extenuating circumstances and will need to be supported by 3rd party evidence.


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