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On zero-to micro-budget filmmaking: a workshop with William Brown

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In the digital age, it seems that ever-growing numbers of people can and do make films. In this workshop, then, we shall discuss zero-, micro- and low-budget digital filmmaking, including how to do it and some of the pitfalls involved in it. What is more, we shall reflect upon how film is not simply an object of academic study, but increasingly an academic process in its own right – and the way in which both low-budget filmmaking and the practice of making academic video-essays are enabled by digital technology and the ways in which this relates or otherwise to processes of participation and democratization.

The workshop will also include a screening of Circle/Line (2017, 85 mins). Are you happy? This is the question that we ask people outside or near the stations of London Underground’s Circle Line. Circle/Line is, then, a documentary comprised of vox pop interviews with ‘everyday’ people – from the homeless to the hopeful, from the ambitious to the activist, from task-driven Londoners to tourists. Inspired by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin’s classic documentary, Chronique d’un été/Chronicle of a Summer (France, 1961), Circle/Line enjoyed its world premiere at the East End Film Festival in London in 2017.


William Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Roehampton, London. He is the author of Non-Cinema: Global Digital Filmmaking and the Multitude (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Supercinema: Film-Philosophy for the Digital Age (Berghahn, 2013). He also is a maker of zero-budget films including En Attendant Godard (2009), Common Ground (2012), Selfie (2014), Circle/Line (2017) and This is Cinema (forthcoming). He is also currently co-writing a book on cephalopods and cinema with David H. Fleming called Kinoteuthis Infernalis: The Rise of Chthulucinema.


April 11
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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