THE CMIR PROJECT
The Centre for Moving Image Research (CMIR) is situated in the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE) at University of the West of England (UWE). The role of CMIR is to develop and theorise the new practices that are emerging in the moving image sector, to investigate the histories, theories, culture, politics, and industrial practices in the light of the new. Professor Terry Flaxton directs CMIR with visiting professor Andrew Spicer, Professor John Cook, Visiting Professors Chris Meigh Andrews, Geoff Boyle FKBS and Roberto Schaefer ASC, AIC and Dr Sarah Sparke and Dr Steve Presence helping develop the necessary strategies to ride the wave of the tsunami of digital change. Our partnerships and affiliations include Bristol Vision Institute (at University of Bristol), BBC research and Development, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, IMAGO, the federation of Cinematographic societies - plus many researchers from universities around the world. Centre Personnel.
Moving Image Triptych: 'The Intersection of Dreams'
NY and Bristol Cathedrals, (Bristol until 20th April)
This 3 screen moving image triptych is opening at Bristol Cathedral and the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York at the same time (and remains open for three months in NY). As you’ll see from the picture the centre panel is a restaging of Dali’s Crucifixion by Terry Flaxton (2 side panels show high res portraits of Bristol's youth). The work is being opened by the Deans of both cathedrals and by Deputy VC of UWE Jane Harrington (Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor of UWE co-funded the work with Sir Eric Thomas, Vice Chancellor, University of Bristol). Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy VC of University of Bristol will also join Jane in opened the installation.
CMIR BURSARIES AND RESEARCH
PIN HOLE LENSES ON 4K CAMERAS (see 'Aperture' below)
Lucy WIlliams CMIR/RWA 2014 Bursary Winner, helped by a technical team from UWE and CMIR, created colour moving images using pinhole photography with a Red One Camera - We believe this is a first use and creation of 4k lensless moving images. The CMIR RWA Bursary pieces (including this one) have been exhibited at the RWA, and were screened again there from 25-30th Nov 2014.
TALKS AND CONFERENCES
25th February 2015 CMIR brought the Jarman award winning moving image artist , Jon Smith, to the Arnolfini
February 7th and 8th 2015: CMIR hosted the inaugural conference of the Radical Film Network (RFN), with our partners at Birmingham City University. See the website for more details or contact Dr Steve Presence.
September 2015 CMIR are be co-organising with the Watershed the Bristol International Festival of Cinematography as well as organising a key conference on changes in moving image training in the UK - please see 'events' button at the top for more information on what we're doing.
October 2015: CMIR are commemorating the 40th anniversary of the First Festival of British Independent Cinema at the Arnolfini as part of the Bristol Radical Film Festival's annual event.
RECENT AWARDS FOR CMIR PERSONEL
Alex Nevill's cinematography wins Best Experimental Award at ASFF
Alex is a new PhD Candidate with CMIR. 'Léthé' (Above) recently won the Best Experimental Award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014 for his 16mm cinematography in collaboration with director Harald Hutter. The film follows a man with no apparent destination until a chance encounter with a strange young girl sets in a motion a series of events that will challenge his perception of reality.
WHAT WE'VE JUST COMPLETED
Terry Flaxton gave a lead presentation on 'The Future of Moving Images' at 'The Mediated City' Architectural Conference in Los Angeles early October 2014
23rd September we presented what CMIR do at Bournemouth's BFX Symposium - with keynotes by Lev Manovich and Sean Cubitt
On 20th Sept Chris Meigh-Andrews presented a new 360 projection version of one of the time lapse animations from his Monument Project at the 23rd Internationale Panoramakonferenz in Altötting, Germany, (with specially composed music by Chris Bush, post-production by Stuart Moore) http://www.meigh-andrews.com/archives/4419.
19th September CMIR staged a symposium, Aesthetics/Politics/Activism/Art: What is Radical Now, at Bristol's Arolfini as part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2014. For the duration of the festival CMIR and Bristol Vision Institute of University of Bristol also ran an HDR Capture and Display Lab.
On 12th September Terry Flaxton exhibited a new installation 'Reflection on Water' attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Bristol Cathedral at their event 'Standing Room Only
Books by CMIR personnel and Affiliates:
Digital Cinematography: Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques and Workflows
David Stump, Affiliate Cinematographer
A History of Video Art Chris Meigh-Andrews, Visiting Professor
Software Takes Command: Lev Manovich, Affiliate Academic
THE CMIR STUDIO
To take our project forward we have recently moved to the CMIR Studio at Spike Island where we have an office and creative space where we are enabling 3 of the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training Phd students to engage with investigations in the moving image. Our commitment as with any artists studio is to research, practice, exhibit, and on an academic level with practice as research in mind, critically reflect in peer reviewed journals and bring our results to conference. As we grow, we are developing an advanced innovation environment for all involved with CMIR to practice within.
APPLIED RESEARCH - 2015 CML/CMIR Camera Tests
On 24th and 25th January 2015 we tested the highest level cinematographic equipment from manufacturers from around the world. CML camera tests are a key source of kit information for cinematographers world-wide. Sarah Sparke (CMIR), Dave Neal (UWE Media Centre) worked closely with Geoff Boyle (CML, and CMIR Visiting Professor to produce the tests, in which a series of 12 cameras were tested using a controlled set of variables. The results of the tests are available here - CML/CMIR Camera tests 2015. In 2014 we began a partnership with the Cinematographers Mailing List to investigate the claims of manufacturers in their latest and often prototype next generation Cameras. In Spring 2015 the results of our camera and HDR tests will be reported to the Industry at the 2015 NAB conference and event. More Information on previous tests.
LATEST RESEARCH - HDR CAPTURE AND DISPLAY
CMIR are proud to announce that at our recent Higher Dynamic Range Laboratory we achieved production of HDR Capture and Display at both the intermediate position between Rec 709 and Rec 2020 (9 F stops) but we also created the preliminary pathway for 20 stop HDR images - we'll be publishing results shortly. Professor Flaxton addressed the Science and Technology Committee at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to speak on this subject. See HDR Laboratory. See Also: 'The Production of Higher Dynamic Range Video' Price et al and also our affiliate from Stuttgart Media University's work, Stefan Grandinetti
RECENT AWARDS FOR CMIR PERSONEL
Adam Laity, Winner of the 2014 DepicT! RPS Cinematography Award
Adam created 'The Peace of Wild Things' (Below) which recently won the the 2014 DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award. Adam Laity is one of three CDT PhD candidates to have joined CMIR very recently, funded by the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training a collaboration between UWE, Falmouth and Plymouth Universities. Alex Nevill also joins CMIR and Dani Landau joins Digital Cultures Research Centre.
WOLF HALL CINEMATOGRAPHY & AHRC AWARD
Currently on TV is Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, with some beautifully lit candlelight night interior scenes by Gavin Finney BSC. In 2007 Professor Martin White of University of Bristol was funded by the AHRC to investigate the use of candlelight in Jacobean Theatre. He asked Professor Terry Flaxton to technically direct and light the capture of a series of Jacobean play excerpts under candlelight (as Flaxton had tested the Panasonic Varicam on its arrival in Europe under candlelight) and then to construct an interactive DVD. Whilst investigating the area, White discussed with Dr Gordon Higgot, some recently found drawings of a Jacobean Playhouse that eventually became the Sam Wannamaker Theatre. This theatre is recently built next to Shakespeare's Globe where White advises on Tudor period plays. Peter Kosminski, director of Wolf Hall on seeing a production under candlelight was inspired to ask his DP, Gavin Finney to utilise the look. To view some of the original 2007 production click this link: The Chamber of Demonstrations.
Papers and Theses by CMIR personel and Affiliates:
The Future of the Moving Image Flaxton
The Production of Higher Dynamic Range Video Price et al
Without Thresholds: Contemporary Artist’s Video: Diversity of Form, Possibility and Potential Meigh-Andrews
The Social Construction of the Meanings of Price Sparke
The Contemporary Landscape of Video-Activism in Britain Presence
Visualising Vertov, Manovich L
Maintaining a Critical Eye: The Political Avant-garde on Channel 4 in the 1990's Presence
Films Affiliates have worked on:
Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner Roberto Schaefer ASC AIC
The Mutant Chronicles, Dark Country Geoff Boyle FBKS
X-Men, X-MEN2 David Stump ASC Visual FX DP
My Week with Marylin, Belle, Ben Smithard BSC,
Thor: the Dark World Green Zone Jonathan Smiles
Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 Sharon Calahan
The Wrong Trousers, Aardman Animations, Nick Park
CML/CMIR Camera Test
Higher Dynamic Range Research
Upcoming Conference: Political Cinema for the 21st Century
CMIR Conference: Digital Cinematography and its opportunities
Lead by Terry Flaxton CMIR Moving Image Research Centre of Moving Image Research The Future of the Moving Image Research High Definition 4K stereoscopy 3D Higher Dynamic Range Higher Frame Rate Augmented Reality New Media super Hi Vision
Marie Curie Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions UWE ACE CMIR