Kath Dooley

Kath Dooley
University of South Australia | UniSA · UniSA Creative

PhD

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Publications (32)
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The Future of Houses: Designing for a Circular Economy, is an interactive, educational VR experience born out of a larger project at Curtin University, Western Australia, that seeks to communicate scientific research into ‘Energy Futures’. Produced in a tertiary environment in 2021 by Kath Dooley and collaborators working across disciplines, the pr...
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This article interrogates the localized experiences of present-day workers who identify as women in Australian postproduction sectors, including editing, visual effects (VFX), and animation, exploring sexism and perceptions of change in the age of #MeToo. Considering the significant numbers of women working in these sectors, and the scant research...
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With reference to traditional film theory and frameworks drawn from fields such as screenwriting studies and anthropology, this book explores the challenges and opportunities for both practitioners and viewers offered by the 360-degree storytelling form. It focuses on cinematic virtual reality (CVR), a format that involves immersive, high quality,...
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This chapter interrogates the relationships between cinematic virtual reality viewer, characters and other story agents, to define and analyse the specificity of spectatorship in 360 degrees. With reference to key concepts such as immersion, presence, embodiment and proximity, the author explores questions of viewer positioning and role within a sy...
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This chapter includes reflections on key aspects of cinematic virtual reality and its place in the XR market going forward. The author questions the format’s balance of narrative and spectacle, the tension between immersion and interactivity and the possibility of a social CVR experience in future.
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This chapter interrogates approaches to the making of cinematic virtual reality (CVR) experiences, highlighting the challenges associated with creating narratives in 360-degree space. The explored CVR films offer an authored narrative but also give the audience agency to choose their viewpoint of the action. This calls for creators to strike a bala...
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This chapter examines the writing and development of a cinematic virtual reality (CVR) documentary titled Impact: Beyond the Night Sky (2020), that was written, directed and co-produced by the author. The chapter adopts an exegetical style as it reports on this creative research project, providing an opportunity to explore the concepts presented in...
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This chapter examines the approaches of contemporary cinematic virtual reality (CVR) practitioners, with a focus on development techniques and methods of collaboration. Due to an identified blurring between CVR writing and production, this calls for an exploration of ‘project’ development, a process that encompasses ‘script’ development, that invol...
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This chapter explores the role of character/viewer proximity within the 3DoF 360-degree Cinematic Virtual Reality (CVR) environment to highlight the impact of spatial relationships, body direction and character gaze on viewer experience and empathy. The author looks to the study of proxemics as theorised by anthropologist Edward Hall (A system for...
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This chapter examines the conceptual work of cinematic virtual reality (CVR) practitioners, expressed in written/visual form, be that with pen or paper or in a variety of digital formats. The author interrogates a range of project-planning documents such as screenplays, story-world bibles, shooting diagrams, storyboards and mock-ups, so as to explo...
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“What happens when viewers become the centre of virtual worlds that they can interact with in real time? Kath Dooley raises essential questions about the uniqueness of virtual reality as a storytelling medium, masterfully exploring the triggers that suspend our disbelief and opening the door to swan dive inside stories.” — Fred Volhuer, Co-Founder...
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In recent years, a new wave of virtual reality (VR) and immersive media forms have gained popularity with both viewers and creators around the globe. This article presents the argument that the emerging nature of this current wave of practices makes this a site of particular importance for research by both academics and students. We explore the nat...
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In recent years, a new wave of virtual reality (VR) and immersive media forms have gained popularity with both viewers and creators around the globe. This article presents the argument that the emerging nature of this current wave of practices makes this a site of particular importance for research by both academics and students. We explore the nat...
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Since around 2015, the 360-degree cinematic virtual reality (CVR) form has grown in popularity. Unlike traditional screen media, the narrative experience offered in the CVR format is not confined within a rectangular screen. As such there are no ‘close ups’ or ‘long shots’ in the sense of traditional filmmaking, and established notions of screen gr...
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After fifteen years of successful operation, in 2018 the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) cemented its position as Australia’s leading festival supporter of virtual-reality (VR) screen media. This mostly biennial international festival, which is held over two weeks in October, was the first in the country (and arguably one of the first in the world) to...
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This handbook is an essential creative, critical and practical guide for students and educators of screen production internationally. It covers all aspects of screen production—from conceptualizing ideas and developing them, to realizing and then distributing them—across all forms and formats, including fiction and non-fiction for cinema, televisio...
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Since around 2015, an abundance of cinematic, short narrative virtual reality (VR) projects utilizing an immersive 360-degree format have emerged at film festivals around the world and on online platforms. While this medium is one that is increasingly being adopted by established, traditional 2D filmmakers, the specificity of the form gives rise to...
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Writer/director Catherine Breillat’s most recent film, Abus de faiblesse (2013), explores an important moment of bodily transition: the change from able to disabled body. This semi-autobiographic film follows the story of film director Maud (Breillat’s alter ego), who forms a destructive relationship with a conman, Vilko, after she suffers a disabl...
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With reference to three recently produced Australian case studies, this article explores approaches to the conceptualization and writing of short narratives for the emerging medium of cinematic 360-degree virtual reality. Storytelling for this format involves a user-focused engagement with time and place. Whereas the viewer of classical narrative m...
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This article examines the use of digital tools to create audio-visual resources that can both inspire and inform the development of the contemporary feature film screenplay. With reference to Martin, Millard, Price and practitioners Waldo Salt, Raul Ruiz and Mike Leigh, I define this activity as a form of ‘underwriting’. This term refers to the cre...
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p>Recent research undertaken in Australia and abroad suggests that the development of effective collaboration skills is a significant factor affecting the successful employment of graduate screen practitioners. This article outlines the results of a study that examined student response to the explicit teaching of collaboration skills in an Australi...
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This article explores the development of corporeal themes in a screenplay by analysing the initial developmental stages of a feature film tentatively titled Fireflies as case study. In early 2015 I decided that I wanted to write a screenplay about two teenage girls’ experiences of negotiating social media and dating apps such as Tinder. In doing so...
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In 2004 French writer/director Claire Denis remarked that her films are sometimes unbalanced, a comment made with reference to her eighth feature film, L'intrus (2004), which like the earlier Trouble Every Day (2001), and her most recent film Les Salauds (2013), features protagonists involved in graphic acts of murder and/or torture. Denis offers l...
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This overview will explore the role of the female screenwriter or scénariste in France, from the silent period to today, when the proportion of female to male screenwriters is one of the highest in the world.1
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52 Tuesdays (2013) is an ambitious and distinctively structured feature film that explores family relationships and one teenager's coming of age in contemporary suburban Australia. The story centers on 16-year-old Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) who is surprised to discover that her beloved mother Jane (later known as James) wishes to transition from...
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French director Catherine Breillat has gained notoriety for her distinctly personal portrayal of gender relations and intimacy. With the inclusion of sexually explicit scenes, such as those featuring loss of virginity and/or rape, her films explore subjects of emotional, as well as visual, taboo. In this article the author examines Breillat’s prepr...

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