International Journal of Film and Media Arts Vol. 4 No. 2 (2019): Truth of Matter: Process and perception in expanded animation practice

Guest Editors: Birgitta Hosea, Pedro Serrazina and Tereza Stehlikova


This issue of the International Journal of Film and Media Arts presents selected papers from the fourth Ecstatic Truth symposium held at the University of Westminster, London, in May 2019.

This annual symposium was founded in 2016 to explore issues arising from the interface between animation (in all its forms) and documentary (conceptualised very broadly as non-fiction), with a particular interest in the questions raised by experimental and practitioner perspectives.

According to Werner Herzog, mere facts constitute an accountants reality, but it is the ecstatic truth (a poetic reality) that can capture more faithfully the nuances and depths of human experiences. Given that animation (or manipulated moving image in all of its expanded forms) has the freedom to represent, stylize or reimagine the world, it lends itself well to this aspirational form of documentary filmmaking.

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