Narrative in Found Material.

The intentions and purposes of this project were to investigate different ways to tell a story, exploring issues around narrative; through utilising different points of view and perspectives, the affect that ways of telling have on what is being told were examined.

The research was also an exploration of sequence as a mechanism for delivering narrative through the examination of found narratives. Utilising a collection of amateur Super 8 and 8mm footage the communicative possibilities of imagery were explored by deconstructing the existing filmed sequences into new sequences of images; therefore exploring new meanings and interpretations.

The footage from the seventy films was separated into the three colours: red, white and blue, and from this, three films created. Each film loosely follows a narrative of a lifetime, from birth to old age and possibly beyond, and various milestones for the lives of the British subjects of these films: first steps, a school, a celebration, a family holiday, a car etc. While the narratives for red, white and blue are separate, they also co-exist, sometimes crossing over, sometimes offering a different perspective. With the films placed next to one another, a horizontal triptych, the films offer narrative possibilities both in time and space. Relationships are established, reconsidered, and abandoned as the film continues.

As the research was selecting from an archive of pre-selected found material, the most important aspect was to find a narrative form that could move beyond itself and have a potential for openness; a narrative orientation that could allow the viewer to take the act of selection and therefore produce their own meaning according to their own perspective, which in turn is influenced by their own identity, culture, experiences, and background.