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The Sequel

Part 1 Project 2020
Thomas Rowntree
Birmingham City University | UK
The two-part series begins with the Sequence that explores and analyses movement in Digbeth, Birmingham and continues research in film theory by monitoring speed, direction and time through film and key-framing. The Sequel resolves fields of movement exploration in response to the social challenge and stigma towards ex-convicts. Grounded by design exploration, the thesis investigates how we can use film framing and sequences of spaces to speed up or slow down the rate at which ex-convicts reform.

A metaphorical timeline anchors the construct in forming a monument that tells the story of the ex-convict in their first 12 months of rehabilitation. The building utilises my exploration to create a journey that widens, narrows, diverts, meanders, opens, and closes in demonstrating the confusing path ex-convicts take in adjusting to society. An intricate sequence and module formation creates slits that portrays contrast between light and dark with concrete acting as a canvas to add to the internal experience; emphasising the dark mental and physical journey ex-convicts take. Using film as a critical method of graphic communication, the thesis is a unique film experience into the life of those oppressed by society.

Thomas Rowntree


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