Familiarity, Proficiency and the Authorial Endeavour in Digital Filmmaking

By Deric Olsen.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Through reflections on my own creative work, this paper explores how theories of film authorship and genre can inform and influence the film production process and how those theories can be employed as an attempt to reconcile the artistic paradox between the director as the author of a film and the collaborative endeavor that filmmaking is in actuality. My filmmaking practice attempts to follow a singular artist methodology and although it has not proven to be a sustainable production model, the insights that serve as the substance of this paper have brought into focus the idea of identifying areas of production best served by an individual filmmaker and those where creative collaboration with other skilled artists and artisans may be more effective. With digital filmmaking, a skilled generalist filmmaker can seek collaboration not out of necessity but for meeting a creative objective. The Phoenix Agenda, the feature-length film that serves as the basis of my analysis and examination, was an actualization of these principals in my filmmaking practice and, an identification of areas of film production stages, from story development to marketing and distribution, that have a substantial influence on how films are read.

Keywords: Digital Filmmaking, Genre, Authorship, Auteur, Collaboration, Director, Independent

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 10, pp.153-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 503.741KB).

Prof. Deric Olsen

Lecturer, Department of New Media, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Montana, USA

Deric Olsen received a B.F.A. in Multimedia from the University of Lethbridge in 2003 and completed an M.F.A. in Media Production and Studies from the University of Regina in 2007. Regarded as an innovative independent producer of narrative drama, Olsen seeks to enlighten as well as entertain. He brings to the world around him new ideas and unique, timely stories. His films are intelligent and have an imaginative visual style. An Assistant Professor at Montana Tech of the University of Montana, he connects with his students through his challenging courses in video production and new media design and technology, while at the same time following his own passion in pursuing cinematic and digital artistry. Olsen has a number of productions completed or in various stages of development. The present motivation in his work, is in exploring the concept of borders and boundaries as they relate to identity and character, both in dramatic narrative and non-fiction. He continues to write and do research on a number of film and media related topics including, genre, authorship, and representation.

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