Writing with scissors: a cut-and-paste approach to narrative design

Graham Rawle

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This one-day event - delivered as part of the AHRC funded Tracking IP Across the Creative Technologies project - will explore key contributions to the field of remixing, restyling and repurposing existing audiovisual material (sourced from archives, and both the commercial and public domains) in contemporary filmmaking practice. A panel of creators, academics and IP law specialists from the UK, US and EU will debate the opportunities, challenges and futures of audiovisual content reuse in the context of the currently shifting sands of territory specific intellectual property legislation set against the wider backdrop of the global digital economy. Graham Rawle's talk will focus on the creative repurposing of found material with particular reference to my own collage process. He will discuss considerations made when choosing source material for its ability to communicate various aspects of its original context that contribute to the final piece on both conscious and unconscious levels. He will describe the development of these ideas across my work in illustration, literature and, more recently, film. Woman’s World, a project that began life as a novel collaged entirely from fragments of text clipped from the pages of vintage women’s magazines, is now in the early stages of a work-in-progress feature film using a similar methodology to tell the original story. The film will be montaged from thousands of clips sourced from feature films, commercials, public information shorts and television shows from the late 1950s and early ‘60s. It will experiment with the principles of narrative, montage, sequence and continuity while drawing comparisons between current and contemporary filmmaking techniques. The project will question and explore the laws, conventions and ethics regarding the reuse of copyrighted material in the creation of a new work.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2016
EventCinematic bricoleurs: remixing, restyling and repurposing in contemporary filmmaking practice - King’s College London, London, 8 Jan 2016
Duration: 8 Jan 2016 → …


ConferenceCinematic bricoleurs: remixing, restyling and repurposing in contemporary filmmaking practice
Period8/01/16 → …


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