My name is Ben Sherriff and I’m the author of this blog. After over ten years as a young actor working in television and on stage I moved to the other side of the lens and have been producing short films and independent content since 2002. For the past five years I’ve been working professionally in all areas of production and lecturing on a foundation degree in Creative Digital Video for Plymouth University and Exeter College. As well as experiential and technical training I’ve studied a BA in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick and an MA in Filmmaking by Theory and Practice at the University of Exeter.
I am currently undertaking a PhD at Exeter University in Film and am researching by practice new digital motion picture technologies i.e making films and writing new theories associated with my work. Here I will write about my passion ‘cinema digital’ – the technology and the use of that technology for creating. My research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and is allowing me the opportunity to pursue the things I find really exciting - creative film making and new digital media theory.
Why Cinema Digital?
The terms ‘digital’ and ‘cinema’ need revisiting given the advances in affordable high definition image acquisition and post production technology. There have also been huge shifts in the way in which these images are post-produced and consumed; a development that leads me to question what the very word ‘cinema’ means in today’s digital landscape. What constitutes a cinematic experience? It is no longer true to say that the only space in which a film truly exists is in the cinema.
Cinema Digital represents my own revolution, an area to Blog about current filmmaking technology, festivals, films that I’m making, and technology I use in both image acquisition and in post production.
This is a term that I proposed in my research outline and it is one that seeks to express the fluid relationship between technology and the moving image production industry. It is offered as a conceptual theoretical framework for my PhD thesis. The terms sets out to describe digital production technology as being in a constant state of flux; through my work I hope to demonstrate that this is of advantage to the contemporary desktop video producer. Furthermore that the advantages of digital acquisition and production are present at all stages in the production process.