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ERIC Number: ED142203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 8
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Buttonpusher or Partner? Two Contrasting Models of Film Production in a University Setting.
Pfaff, Gunter
There are two distinct models of film production. One model, characterized as assembly line production, is the most prevalent in commercial settings and in universities. The project is initiated through management and progresses in an ordered flow of assembly through the hands of the specialized film workers; power is from the top down. The alternative model deals with film production as a natural process rather than as a mechanical assembly. As with film in the documentary tradition, it is concerned with the unstaged, unscripted, natural processes and rhythms of life rather than with power and control. As the model is currently used at the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, three entities (client/subject/film maker) interact equally toward production goals. A fourth entity, the audience, is ultimately included for an evaluation phase. This partnership model calls for responsible participation by all entities and allows for their mutual satisfaction. If the function of the university is to explore reality and nature and look for truth, the partnership model is more appropriate. (DAG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Culture and Communication (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 1977)