A Future Of Architectural Film

Exploring the role of film in shaping the narratives of architecture.


Film is an effective tool for communicating the value of design capturing the knowledge and the experiential processes involved in the art of architecture within the format of film, opens the potential to provide a bridge between architectural praxis and public understanding. The experience of space is difficult to convey to people who are not afforded the opportunity to benefit from an embodied encounter.

Spatial agency is unique to each design. Film becomes a means of revealing the exchange of activities and emotions within a space. It can become an investigation into what a space provides and means to its users. This medium enables the vicarious experience of space whilst providing a means to document various perspectives and layers, allowing spatial idiosyncrasies to unfold before the camera lens. Designers deal primarily with spatial qualities, whilst often overlooking the raw, serendipitous moments in architecture that resonate with users. It is these intangible

experiences which can be captured and illuminated through film. This format helps makers and viewers to discover and explore architectural spaces and shapes the narrative of each new building. Every space tells a different story. Therefore, the determination of the key architectural informants and the manner in which these can be intelligibly shared within a framed perspective guides the story of a space for viewers.

Filmmaking involves planning how to record the space in a two dimensional format; the articulation of that information through the camera; and editing. The possibilities of discovering new design opportunities through a comparative analysis of the original storyboarding and the final production, offers rich potential which will be explored by the proposed.


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Research Lead: Dr. Britt Baillie

Marc Thomas