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MPhil Studentship - Perception & Interactive
Cinema, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

The School of English Literature, Language, &
Linguistics and the Informatics Research
Institute at the University of Newcastle upon
Tyne invite applications for a 1-year MPhil
studentship based at the University of Newcastle
upon Tyne's Culture Lab commencing October 2006 (or sooner).

The original conception of "interactive cinema"
was that it would allow viewers to play a role
in the showing of films. Both conceptually and
technologically the field is in its infancy. As
initially conceived it aspired to create
productions in which users might directly
influence narrative flow, but instantiations of
these ideas for actual film proved to be little
more than sets of pre-generated linear sequences
(for obvious technical reasons).

This research project proposes to explore a
notion of interactive cinema that reconnects
with, and exploits, traditional film making; by
harnessing the full creative potential of modern
digital filmmaking practice. Rather than offering
viewers capabilities to manipulate narrative
progression, we aim to furnish them with access
to control over portrayal through a real-time
interactive editing process; that is, editing
while viewing. The goal of this project is to
provide the viewer access to these "lost" edits
through a seamless interaction paradigm driven by
the process of viewing itself. In simple terms
our goal is to explore the issues in film
perception through the creation of a production
in which the very manner a film is viewed has a
real-time and dynamic impact on its unfolding content.

Funding includes fees (ÂŁ3,250) and a studentship
of approximately ÂŁ4,750. Applications are
invited from committed individuals wishing to do
research in a practical film and interactive
media context and who have a 1st class or upper
2nd class honours degree or equivalent in arts,
media, social sciences, psychology or a related discipline.

For further information please contact Tina Gharavi or Patrick Olivier.

Details on how to apply are available from our application website
Application deadline 31/5/2006
On the application form please quote 'MPhil
Studentship - Perception & Interactive Cinema'.



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