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This project enabled students on the DIT Conservatory’s BA in Drama (Performance) to create five short films on a subject of their own choosing, drawing on their own personal experience. Using methods derived from Jerzy Grotowski and Anne Bogart, the students worked in small groups to workshop ideas and, with the support of two co-directors, to develop their scripts. A professional production team was assembled to shoot the films. After post-production, there was a public screening and the films were made available online. The project addressed two questions: 1. Through devising, to what extent can actors be more empowered in the creative process? 2. Through film-making, to what extent can the programme help students to be better prepared for film and television work and to promote themselves in the performance industries? The aims of the project were threefold. Firstly, the project aimed to position the students as creative artists, drawing on personal material to create content. Secondly, the project aimed to provide students with experience on a film set with professional practitioners. Thirdly, the project aimed to provide an artistic product that could be distributed to industry representatives.
McDermott, P. The personal made public: an actor-led devised film project. DIT, Learning,Teaching & Technology Centre, 2013.