1st Edition

Filmmaking in Academia Practice Research for Filmmakers

By Agata Lulkowska Copyright 2024
    176 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Evaluating the existing position of film as research, Filmmaking in Academia offers clear guidance and practical advice from the planning and conception of research films to the making, evaluation, dissemination and impact of practice-based research.

    This book aspires to serve as a guide for new and current researchers in screen-based media and creative practice. It seeks to explore the scope, definitions, methodologies, and interdisciplinary (and post-disciplinary) nature of film research projects. Author Agata Lulkowska focuses on how to manage potential challenges when artistic creativity meets research requirements, emphasising how finding the middle ground that serves both purposes often requires redesigning brand-new methodological approaches. Looking specifically at the publication routes for research films, the book highlights current dissemination practices and raises the question of impact throughout to re-contextualise current publication methodologies for practice-based projects.

    This exciting new work provides key reading for graduate students, academics, and filmmakers looking to move into academia.


    1. What is (Filmmaking-based) Practice Research?

    2. How to tame your inner artist: creative practice versus practice research

    3. Navigating Interdisciplinary Quagmires

    4. How to design effective (and ethical) methodologies?

    5. How to balance practice, theory and reflective evaluation?

    6. What's next? How to disseminate your filmmaking-based research?

    7. Whose Impact is it?

    8. Conclusion, or building an effective support system




    Agata Lulkowska is an interdisciplinary art and practice-based researcher at Staffordshire University, UK. Lulkowska is the head of the Film as Research Practice group at Staffordshire University, and her most recent research film, The Voice of Sierra Nevada, was shortlisted for the prestigious AHRC Research in Film Awards and has won the Excellence Award at Docs Without Borders Film Festival. Lulkowska is the Editor of the International Journal of Creative Media Research and co-founder and director of the Communities & Communication International Conference and Festival.

    'This timely book brilliantly addresses the rising significance of creative practice research. Even beyond filmmaking disciplines, its rich theoretical insights and practical discussions offer immense value. Stemming from years of hands-on experience and profound conceptual engagement, it's an essential read for newcomers and seasoned researchers alike. A commendable addition to the debate.'

    Roy Hanney, PhD, associate professor, Solent University, Southampton

    'Finally, a book on film practice as research arrives. Rebellious research is a truly original, through-provoking study on creativity and interdisciplinary in film practice. It can serve both students and veteran scholars well in their future projects.'

    Dr. Murat Akser, PhD, film and screen production lecturer, Ulster University