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South of the west - history and theory: Australian and Brazilian documentary relations

Grant number: 16/14286-1
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: May 01, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Cinema
Principal Investigator:Fernão Vitor Pessoa de Almeida Ramos
Grantee:Fernão Vitor Pessoa de Almeida Ramos
Visiting researcher: Deane Martin Williams
Visiting researcher institution: Monash University, Australia
Home Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The aim of this research is to develop methodological foundations that will make possible a phenomenological analysis of the documentary narrative. We are trying to work with film narrative, highlighting the following vectors: a) the camera 'take' as a condition in which documentary image is formed; b) the 'subjectivity' that holds the camera machine at the 'take', which we call 'camera subject'; c) the world in itself, as it is experienced by the 'performance' of a subject in 'scène', at the context of the mise-en-scène; d) the film experience, which is related to the duration of the film exhibition. We are seeking to examine the 'staging' at the 'take' in its various ways, either through gestural and phisiognomic expressions of its agents (which we define as affection figures), either through the modes of the action on stage. The visit of Prof. Deane Williams will allow us to develop further the theoretical framework of our project. In this direction, it will be important his research with Australian, South African and Asian documentary film and the proposal of film comparative analysis, which methodologically will enrich our goal to work with different national cinemas. Our research has gone recently under news developments, but always focusing on the concept of 'documentary staging'. The current project focus on three types of experience in the take, in forms of staging, conceptualized as (1)'built staging', (2)'direct staging' (both detailed in the project) and (3)'a-staging' (still incomplete). This visit will open new frontiers to enrich our field of work. The goal is to apply our theoretical concepts beyond documentary film production centered in Brazil, North America and Europe. (AU)