The impact of filmmaking research

Callaghan, Joanna and Kerrigan, Susan (2018) The impact of filmmaking research. Media Practice and Education, 19 (3). ISSN 2574-1136 (Accepted)

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The introduction of impact as a criteria for research assessment has been of interest and benefit to academics producing research in film. Through a simple search of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 impact case study database, the terms ‘film’, ‘video’ and ‘filmmaking’ were mentioned in 20% of the case studies. The proliferation of these terms points to the variety of ways they are used to describe research activities, outputs and new knowledge. A further analysis has found that film and video have been used to describe a medium, a technology and a cultural and creative product and have been produced to disseminate new knowledge and understandings about life and society.

The assessment of impact is of great interest to filmmaking researchers as film is a populist medium and it can be effectively use to disseminate research, for example ‘Act of Killing’ (Oppenheimer, 2013) which was nominated for an Oscar began its life as an AHRC funded project. There are a number of other filmmaking practice research success stories, and this research examines them by drilling into the REF 2014 database. The results identify ways to improve filmmaking research impact narratives for REF2021.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: filmmaking, film, filmmaking research, practice research, practice-based research, practice outputs, research impact
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: A General Works
A General Works > AI Indexes (General)
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Depositing User: Joanna Callaghan
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2018 11:46
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2018 08:11
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Filmmaking Research NetworkG1986AHRC-ARTS & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCILAH/P005713/1