Mediating Conversation: The Filmmaker at Work
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This thesis defines the filmmaking process to be one of mediation. By means of the cinematic form, the filmmaker facilitates a relationship between subject and spectator, using the tools and symbols of the domain. In order to provide evidence of this, I examine how my personal filmmaking practices: formal decisions, cinematography, editing methods, and direction serve to articulate subject realities and, therefore, transmit information to the spectator through the filmmaker. This paper also addresses the filmmaker's responsibilities to both the subject and spectator by considering their expectations, and the ethical implications of image making. To conclude, I consider the importance of this mediating process, which creates an inventory of shared experiences that we each reference when we watch films.