Vitor Candeias, PhD in the Arts

Films are traditionally shot (filmed) and cut (edited) in a specific manner. They may be perceived and interpreted by audience members in various ways. But the actual films are designed to be screened as a consequence of shots or scenes that were put in a specific order under the director’s decisions. Even an experimental film with no clear narrative has been structured by a director/editor who developed a specific pattern, with a beginning, middle and an end. In the past, there have been some attempts to change such forms of linear film making, but so-called interactive television or interactive films only offered a limited number of possible narrative variables (for instance: one or two alternative endings).

In the recent past, computer technologies and the arrival the Web 2.0 have opened up prospects for novel, more radical models of evolutionary narratives, which can be created and reconfigured with the assistance of databases. Simultaneously, digital communication technologies made the non-linear streaming of image and sound possible. Both developments pave the way for creating a new medium (EyeScape) for cinematic expression and the expansion of modalities for cinematic experience.

This PhD project, building upon my previous work, aims to create and disseminate films by using databases, computing features and digital media resources. There have been some experiments in this domain already, but there is still ‘uncharted’ territory for research and practice to explore the artistic potential enabled by such powerful cross-media attributes. The study establishes a methodological approach for adapting film production models to Database Cinema specifics, in order to develop its potential use for the production and online distribution of cinematic objects. Theoretical research on this subject will be applied to an artistic creation seeking to emphasize the role of the spectator in the process of cocreating narrative(s) and meaning(s) in film. The result, or rather the results, are multiple-narrative films that are watched online (through the EyeScape platform) and that change constantly.

  • Supervisor: Dr. Roel Vande Winkel (KU Leuven / LUCA)
  • Co-supervisor: Dr. Maarten Vanvolsem (KU Leuven / LUCA)

Research unit Intermedia

Duration: 2015 - 2020