Bristol Film Factory

This short film explores the outputs from a second semester MARCH 1 Studio project. Over the course of the project, students were asked to explore how filmic syntax and techniques might be used to both analyse and inform their projects. The project played with a range of digital and analogue media and introduced the students to divergent tactics for collaging media through an atmosphere-focused project.

“The initial collage was produced by using materiality samples and precedent projects that were cut and positioned in unique ways that were new from the original, to change the scale, meaning and density of a lot of the pieces. To form the collage itself, pieces were selected for qualities that could represent atmospheric conditions or a material quality that was desired for the project. As the elements slowly pieced together, there was a symbiotic evolution between the spatial design being developed in my head, and the growth and depth of the collage on the paper. Once the collage was complete, it became a strong visual aid to reference the qualities the project is aiming to achieve. This was then taken further with the use of the ‘Divergent Cards’. These cards acted as prompts to complete seemingly random or unorthodox actions with my collage, and with full faith and an open mind, I followed several of the cards’ instructions with great success. The instructions that were followed were initially to write a narrative three times and then to cut up elements and then rearrange random sections to form a new perspective on the text. The next instruction that was followed was to draw in shadows. This produced a subtle output on the collage, however the method and process of engaging with it helped provide a conscious consideration of the location, intensity and quality of light desired in the building.”

Dan Finnerty

The context for the project is the industrial area to the East of Bristol’s city centre known as St Philip’s Marsh. The specific site area selected is bounded to the North by the railway (constructed 1840s) and to the South by the Feeder Canal (constructed 1809). Prominent existing structures on the site include the St Vincent’s Iron Works (Later John Lysaght’s) (1839-1960) and Bristol Gas Company (1800s-1960). Students were asked to select a site within this area by analysing the sites historic and cultural context using film.

Celebrate the film making process and consider the evolving position of film within contemporary society.
Consider carefully its impact on the local context in terms of cultural and environmental impact.
Consider carefully how the facility will impact upon Bristol as a national venue for Independent Film production and screening.
Show respect for the physical, environmental, social and cultural context of the site and its wider context.
Use the surrounding environment to its advantage and aim for low energy consumption.

March UWE students:

Fred Bayntun
Helen Beresford
Oliver Berry
Dan Finnerty
Matthew Tseu
Alexandra Wye