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Filming process: Questions and considerations

Allain, Paul (2023) Filming process: Questions and considerations. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, . ISSN 1944-3927. E-ISSN 1944-3919. (doi:10.1080/19443927.2023.2166577) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:99450)

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Online resources in theatre and performance have increased greatly since even before the pandemic, including those that document process: rehearsals, workshops, training or teaching. In spite of this growth, how to film process is not well understood. The article offers 6 areas and related questions to consider in advance of recording such a film document: how to engage with temporal and spatial aspects of the practice; ethical dimensions in relation to all participants; what needs to be captured live and what could be added/changed post-production; relationships between audio and visual elements, here called the Content Ratio; how the film connects to or reflects the live process; and what the camera and film should focus on. It examines these ideas in practice using specific examples of warm up exercises by Frantic Assembly as well as on the National Theatre YouTube site, amongst others. It analyses what these do well and how they might better capture aspects of the process. The article offers some questions and considerations for those documenting their own or others’ process for training and educational purposes.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/19443927.2023.2166577
Uncontrolled keywords: Documenting, film, process, training, warm up
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Paul Allain
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 10:16 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2023 08:41 UTC
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