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Practice as research in the making of historical film drama

Lees, Dominic


Dominic Lees


This paper focusses on the practice of costume design, and the role of costume in the semiotics of historical drama. Addressing the issue as a filmmaker and scholar, I investigate the clothes that the actors wear and how their significance impacts in a film’s design. The paper discusses how cinematic meaning is developed through filmmakers' costume choices, and looks at the role of the performer in this decision-making process. The paper discusses theoretical issues of verisimilitude and authenticity in the costume and design in historical filmmaking.


Lees, D. (2016, June). Practice as research in the making of historical film drama. Paper presented at ‘Out of Practice’ Conference

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name ‘Out of Practice’ Conference
Start Date Jun 8, 2016
End Date Jun 8, 2016
Acceptance Date Jun 8, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords historical film, filmmaking practice, costume design, authenticity, practice research
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : ‘Out of Practice’ Conference, University of Birmingham, June 8th 2016


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