What I have been describing throughout all these small experiments is, in a way, a method to learn filmmaking. Straying from traditional methodologies, my process involved the discovery of the craft of filmmaking using a conceptual quest as a starting point. Exploring the concept of “memory”, I articulated a series of questions meant to be solved not through theoretical or bibliographical research but by artistic practice. The techniques used to answer these conceptual enquiries, in turn, led to the development of a craftsmanship. In other words, my subjective understanding of memory led to a subjective method for the production of images.
All of this research can be read as a test case for the development of audiovisual languages that come from a subjective and personal inquiry. What my method proposes, in a way, is taking a core concept and exploring it through technique in order to develop and learn a craft.
Filmmaking education tends to be an extremely orthodox field. Film students are many times led to the craft of filmmaking through a series of “rules” and “methods” that most of the time come from industrial practices. These industrial practices serve as an introduction for the young filmmaker to future jobs in the industry. Although these motivations clearly have a reason to be, they should never be applied as a universal method to approach and learn the craft.
Filmmaking, throughout this research, is defined as a method to build meaning through the selection and arrangement of an individual´s experiences. The scenes that I have shot clearly reveal a very subjective interest and express a very particular point of view. In that way, the method led to a particular way of approaching the craft. In this sense, I propose that this work could be used as an example of a different path to learning filmmaking, a path that strays away from textbooks, “rules”, and imitations of the “great masters”. I propose to use filmmaking as a technique to explore subjective questions and, throughout the experimentation process, to produce an individual technique.