The Journal of Modern Craft is currently seeking to put together an issue devoted the theme of Craft and Film. We are keen to range widely and list some possibilities below.
- crafted approaches to filmmaking, taking in the skills aspects of single-screen and expanded or multi-screen practice.
- documentaries that emphasise the ‘production of knowledge’. Many of John Grierson’s GPO documentaries of the 1930s, for example, are very clear and instructive on how objects are made, and they often focus on craft industrial processes (such as Flaherty’s ‘Industrial Britain’, which features glass and ceramics).
- Animation as a specially ‘crafted’ art form, especially in its strongly artisanal aspect, taking in Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye and others.
- The craft of film design from posters to sets to innovative graphic credits.
- Films about craft. These are a strong subset of films-about-the-arts and many of them very inventive and pioneering. Rodney Wilson, now at the BBC, commissioned many of these for the Arts Council from the 70s to the 90s. The collection can be viewed on a website via the University of Westminster, where they have been curated/digitalised by Joram ten Brink.
- the digital revolution and the change of craft skills it has brought, which links to the ‘do-it-yourself’ era, which has brought film and video making and editing into easily accessible software.
- Historical texts that address some aspect of craft in relation to film, as part of our on-going primary text series.