University of Lincoln: Research Showcase
In the last few years more and more clients are coming to us to commission not a single film but a number of films as part of a series. Recent commissions such as our films exploring the work of a number of artists commissioned by Transported Arts Project for their initial “artist-led” consultation is testament to this new trend within our work. For that project we were commissioned to create eight individual films and although this may seem like a sizeable undertaking, which it is, last year we were approached by the University of Lincoln to create a series of over 30 "Research Showcase" films. These films were to profile some of the great research activity that has been going on at the University over the past few years across all of the different colleges and schools. Though initially a commission to create over 30 films of different subject matters was a little mind boggling, always ready for the challenge we jumped at the chance to get involved and we were excited we we got the commission.
This projects saw us tackle subjects across a wide range of academic research, from scientific endeavours such as creating the worlds largest CMOS sensors for use in medical imaging devices, to the development of Pheromonatherapy to encourage desirable behaviour in domestic pets. A number of arts projects ranged from cultural studies exploring Comics in World Wars, to the work of contemporary playwrights and the preservation of historic interiors. Within the social sciences we profiled projects that investigated reform in the House of Lords, Academic Freedom in Europe and studies to improve the quality of emergency pre-hospital care in the NHS.
The project was a challenge not only in terms of the scale and the range of subject matters but also in that the research was often highly complex and dealt with knowledge and subject matters outside of our areas of expertise.
Our brief was to outline the project succinctly and to explore the wider impact that the research has had. Impacts varied greatly and in many cases were had very significant impacts from informing organisational policy, to bringing about changes in national laws, to the development of new projects and services and creating greater understanding and debate on various issues. We had to not only present this work in an easily digestible way but also present each film on such diverse subject matter with a consistency of approach. This was all whilst also enticing the audience to seek out more information on the project from the University Research website
Using a standardised template and structure for the films they results are a series of films with branded as University of Lincoln Research that have a consistency of look and graphic stylings that echo the University of Lincoln’s branding.
The films are now being used by the University and academics involved in the various projects to promote their work and to disseminate these studies further and are proving to be very successful.
To take a look at this series of films visit the University of Lincoln’s Research Showcase website and explore the wide array of research activity that occurs at Lincoln. This site will continue to be updated as since the new year we have already begun the production of a new batch of research films for the University of Lincoln on yet more diverse research activity being undertaken by the academics and scholars across the many schools of the University.
UoL Research Films:
Directed by Neil Baker & Steven Hatton
Shot by Neil Baker, Steven Hatton & Ami Petch
Edited by Neil Baker & Ami Petch.