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Exploring Flexible Production in ‘Original Content’ Television (2020)
Presentation / Conference
Lees, D., & Sexton, M. (2020, January). Exploring Flexible Production in ‘Original Content’ Television. Paper presented at Methodologies of Screen Industries Research, Bristol, UK

For many media departments within academia, the integration of theory and practice represents a ‘problem’ requiring attention (S. Maras, 2005). This paper proposes how production processes may be aligned with the poetics of storytelling and how the... Read More about Exploring Flexible Production in ‘Original Content’ Television.

The Burning (2019)
Digital Artefact
Lees, D. (in press). The Burning. [Digital film]

‘Modes of Creative Practice’ in fiction filmmaking: towards a new Theory of Film Practice (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Lees, D. (2019, December). ‘Modes of Creative Practice’ in fiction filmmaking: towards a new Theory of Film Practice. Paper presented at Sightlines: Screen Production and the Academy, RMIT Melbourne, Australia

In this paper, I present the concept of the ‘Modes of Creative Practice’, a theoretical construct that provides us with a new form of taxonomy of film. I will explain how the practice research conducted through the making of The Burning illustrates... Read More about ‘Modes of Creative Practice’ in fiction filmmaking: towards a new Theory of Film Practice.

Fargo: Seeing the significance of style in television poetics? (2019)
Journal Article
Sexton, M., & Lees, D. (2019). Fargo: Seeing the significance of style in television poetics?. Critical Studies in Television, 14(3), 343-361. https://doi.org/10.1177/1749602019853792

This article explores the adaptation of the original film to television and how a strain of art or independent cinema contributed to the development of the first series of Fargo (2014–present). By making this comparison, the transition to television... Read More about Fargo: Seeing the significance of style in television poetics?.

Many ways of directing a film: Teaching the ‘Modes of creative practice' (2019)
Book Chapter
Lees, D. (in press). Many ways of directing a film: Teaching the ‘Modes of creative practice'. In S. Semerdijev (Ed.), 21st Century Film, TV and Media School Book – Volume 2: DirectingCILECT

This chapter examines the creative practice of fiction film directors and seeks to identify patterns of difference that can be sorted into coherent schemes of practice. I then apply these findings in order to propose pedagogic innovations in film edu... Read More about Many ways of directing a film: Teaching the ‘Modes of creative practice'.

Improvisation as a research methodology: Exploring links between filmmakers’ practice and traditions of enquiry across the academy (2019)
Journal Article
Lees, D. (2019). Improvisation as a research methodology: Exploring links between filmmakers’ practice and traditions of enquiry across the academy. Media Practice and Education, 20(2), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/25741136.2019.1605675

This article concentrates on one form of creative practice, improvisation, considering how it has been used as an experimental method within filmmaking as well as in research enquiry. Drawing on my professional experience in the field of narrative fi... Read More about Improvisation as a research methodology: Exploring links between filmmakers’ practice and traditions of enquiry across the academy.

Becoming independent: Distribution after the multiplex (2017)
Book Chapter
Lees, D., & Sexton, M. (2017). Becoming independent: Distribution after the multiplex. In A. Weinstein (Ed.), Perform: Directing for the ScreenRoutledge Focail Press

This chapter provides an overall understanding of how online distribution has impacted on directing for independent films. It seeks to offer insights into the opportunities for directors to find distribution online, analysing new strategies that can... Read More about Becoming independent: Distribution after the multiplex.

Cinema and authenticity: Anxieties in the making of historical film (2016)
Journal Article
Lees, D. (2016). Cinema and authenticity: Anxieties in the making of historical film. Journal of Media Practice, 17(2-3), 199-212. https://doi.org/10.1080/14682753.2016.1248190

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The practice of representing history on film brings the filmmaker into collision with a cluster of concerns around the authentic. While recent articles have considered the historical doc... Read More about Cinema and authenticity: Anxieties in the making of historical film.

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

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 i... Read More about Practice as research in the making of historical film drama.

Cinema and the creation of collective memories (2014)
Presentation / Conference
Lees, D. (2014, April). Cinema and the creation of collective memories. Paper presented at to ‘Journeys Across Media 2014’: ‘Memory and Imagination’

In this paper, I link the concept of memory as a visual, mutable process with how we create collective memories. My area of research is narrative film, so here I concentrate on the role of the filmmaker as a key voice in describing the shared memor... Read More about Cinema and the creation of collective memories.

Outlanders (2009)
Digital Artefact
Lees, D. (2009). Outlanders. [Feature Film and DVD]

After his father's death, Adam hitchhikes to London from his hometown in Poland to find his older brother, a former Polish football star, now supplying illegal migrant workers to the booming construction industry in London. To the impressionable youn... Read More about Outlanders.


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