Interactive Spectatorships

Media Viewing Practices in the Digital Age

Project Blogs

The progress of this project will charted in blogs written by the project leader Dr Dario Llinares and student researcher Ellie Goodwin as well as guest contributors. Blogs will cover the theoretical underpinning, development of the research model, explore and discuss the initial outcomes, and analyse potential links to the wider context of spectatorship and digital culture.

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Social Cinema at #GAGLDN 12th July, 2013

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (1)

On Thursday the 12th of July I spoke at a social media and networking event entitled #GAGLDN hosted by The event was pitched as, "celebrating social media innovation in London’s creative industries, for an evening exploring the film industry and how it engages peoples’ passion for cinema." The other three speakers on the panel alongside me were: Dan’l Hewitt - from premier youth media company and original online video destination, VICE.COM; Tiina Heinone...

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Interactive Screening of In Bruges at Bedford College

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By Neil Fox


As part of a BTEC Film Studies lesson that looked at audiences and spectatorship I showed my students the short documentary made by Falmouth University students on Dario Llinares’ research on Interactive Spectatorships and the students really wanted to try it as a way of analyzing screenings. So, for the last lesson of the term we agreed to give it a go and I worked with the media technician here at Bedford College to set up an interactive screening of ...

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3rd Pilot Screening: Moon

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In this blog I want to discusses the third pilot screening of the interactive spectators project which took place on the 16th of May. With this final screening there was a deliberate intention to broaden the potential audience beyond specifically film students. This was essentially for two reasons: first I wanted to collect data and reactions from as wide a group of participants as possible and analyse how a greater demographic range (academic staff, students and non-academics) of respondents...

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Pilot Screening 2 - Jackie Brown

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In this, slightly belated, blog I’m going to write about my initial impressions from the second pilot screening of the interactive spectatorships project. The first screening of Catfish raised as many new questions as it answered regarding the logistical set-up of the project, its value as a pedagogic tool, and wider conceptual implications of trying to marry old and new media in this way. Taking place on Wednesday the 9th of May this screening was made up of an audience primaril...

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Pilot Screening 1 - Student response

Posted on May 12, 2012 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (3)

After being part of the organisation process for the first interactive screening of Catfish (2010) at University College Falmouth, I have had several of my own personal discoveries about the project. After immersing myself in the participant questionnaires, and having in-depth discussions with fellow students, perhaps the most interesting discovery is how a way has been found to overload even a digitally immersed student’s mind. &#...

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First Pilot Screening: Initial thoughts.

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (2)

Last Wednesday (2nd May, 2012) was the first screening for the interactive spectatorships project. This started an investigation and analysis of film and social media that will continue for at least the rest of the year. The information and feedback gained from this first screening I have yet to barely even glance at, however, the very process of organising and experiencing the first in a series of pilot screenings has given me a great deal of food for thought concerning the lo...

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Students out of Sync with Film Screenings?

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

After a 90 minute lecture followed by a ten-minute break, my fellow film students and I settle down to watch a feature length film. With complete concentration we are expected to process and analyse the ‘important’ aspects of the film, our thoughts invited to become part the basis for discussion in seminars, which can occur on the same day or up to a week later. This is the 'standard' format of film studies delivery. However, a film screening, in reality, does not lend itself to b...

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The 'problem' of the screening

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Why don’t film students attend screenings and when they do what form of spectatorship are they expected to adopt? Perhaps these questions hold an implicit generalisation about the practice of certain students, which of course doesn’t apply to all. But as a film studies lecturer in higher education one is always reassessing the organisation and delivery of film in light of every changing attitudes to spectatorship and the very culture of cinema. The raison d’&#...

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Social media and learning: Student perspective

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (3)

Being part of a research project into the potential of social media, especially twitter, founded a new interest in how my generation lives. The fact that I, and most my peers, use social media sites every day to document our lives is a slightly scary phenomenon. However, I found the concept intriguing that this social media take over could actually be used as a positive part of our education. That instead of it being taboo to be on Twitter during a lecture or screening it could be actively de...

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Some initial context and questions

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (2)

What does it mean to be film spectator in the digital age? It is undoubtedly the case that ‘traditional’ notions of communal viewing are being challenged by the encroachment of technologies into both the physical and cognitive space of the cinema auditorium. The increasing ubiquity of the smartphone (nearly one in three adult now use them) allows the text, the email, the tweet, the facebook update and the information search, to be made at any time and from any location. The notion...

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