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Cinematic Writing


 Cinematic writing is an emerging genre, which could be described as writing with images, sounds and movements. There is a direct link between this articulation and how the term cinematography is explained by Ed Sikov. Cinematography originates from two Greek words ‘kinesis (the root of cinema), meaning movement, and grapho, which means to write or record’. Therefore, Sikov suggested, ‘Writing with movement and light – [is] a great way to begin to think about the cinematographic content of motion pictures’1. From this point of view, writing with images, sounds and movement can be termed cinematic writing.

Cinematic writing is a method of gathering, organizing, analyzing and representing research data for learning projects. The Ripples model of teaching and learning is bound up with digital means of knowledge production, which are inherently connected with a notion of their privatization. Historically, the learner's ownership of the means of production is an unprecedented event. Therefore, the learner in the Ripples model is an active constructor of their individual repertoire of knowledge, therefore, so the learner becomes the knower.

In cinematic writing, the knower is encouraged to gather as much data as possible from their natural and social surroundings. The Internet data is used for frames of references, contrasting and comparing individually and collectively gathered data. The knower uses ePub or other similar digital formats that allow them to organize and manipulate recorded data, such as photo, audio and video files, using annotations, diagrams, illustrations and animations to manipulate data.

ePub and other similar digital formats provide an opportunity for incorporating the five learning dimensions of the Ripples learning – critical self-reflection ; multimodal communication ; collaboration ; distributed agency and do-it-yourself (DIY) creativity .

In cinematic writing, the content format become driving operational forces of the process of knowing that stimulate, provoke and question each other . While organizing and analyzing content within a multimodal format, new categorizations and relationships between the objects under examinations may emerge, and new properties of the objects' interactions may be revealed.

1 Sikov, Ed (2010). Film Studies: An Introduction [Kindle version, loc. 953]. In Film and Culture Series, A. Orman & J. Belton (Eds). Columbia University Press.

Cinematic writing – writing with images, sounds and movements, a multimodal approach to the process of learning.

The knower – is the role that a learner acquires in the learning process associated with cinematic writing.
Within the parameters of a set learning task, the knower is concerned with
the connection of their personal interests and abilities with the assigned learning the objectives.

Content format – in cinematic writing these are two operational forces that continuously move the process
of knowing.

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