As with all research projects, the Trevor Jones Film-Music Project has an impact agenda and strategy that runs alongside and is integrally related to the project research. Impact is the term that research councils and universities use to describe the ways in which non-academic audiences engage and interact with, and benefit from academic research. Close links have been forged between the Trevor Jones Film-Music Project team and local and national organisations working in the area of film in order to deliver the Project’s impact events, and to ensure that the Project research is brought to bear on the general public. Additionally, contacts are being fostered within the film and film-music industries in order to spread the reach of the research impact beyond the public sphere and into business. The planned project impact falls into three clearly defined areas as follows.
COMMERCIAL SECTOR: Likely commercial-sector beneficiaries include film composers, orchestrators and others in the film-music business. Additionally, those in the film industry, both in the UK and internationally, may be interested in the research since it will enable them to reflect on the development of their own practises and procedures in a rapidly changing industry. Music is perhaps the part of film production least well understood by directors and production companies, and the findings of this project will shed new light on the changing processes, procedures and requirements of the business of film-scoring in the UK. Accordingly, the research will strengthen the position and competitiveness of UK film and those working within the industry (directors, production companies, composers, orchestrators, etc.) within the global marketplace, by helping to develop new insights, ways of working and understanding of what happens during this phase of film production. Musicians employed in other collaborative professional contexts such as musical theatre (in its various guises) or ensemble performance (be it classical or otherwise) are also likely to be interested in, and benefit from this research. The project’s repository framework may also be of value to professionals in the arts for the secure storage and use of their own materials.
PUBLIC SECTOR: The project will capitalise on impact opportunities provided by neighbouring Bradford’s status as UNESCO’s first City of Film, and the CI has met with David Wilson, Director of City of Film (CoF), and Michael Terwey, the Deputy Director and Head of Public Programmes at Bradford’s National Media Museum (NMM) in this regard. CoF is keen to integrate some of the research findings into its education work with high school children through its ‘Learn’ agenda, and also to assist with communicating the importance of the findings to film-makers (as outlined above) via its ‘Make’ strategy. The NMM is a large regional public-sector organisation, and discussions have centred around large-scale, high-profile events to be held as part of the 2015 Bradford International Film Festival (BIFF). These events, which will link into the Museum’s existing cultural and educational programme, will bring the research findings to widespread public attention, and will also help the NMM achieve its stated aim of being the best museum in world for inspiring people to learn about, engage with and create media. Initial discussions have also taken place between the CI and both the Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) and the British Film Institute (BFI), the latter of which is the lead body for film in the UK, regarding exhibitions and events held as part of their respective film festivals based on the project materials, research and findings. Additionally, the materials created in conjunction with CoF may be of interest to the BFI, which runs a series of educational programmes and schemes and also provides resources for primary and secondary teaching.
WIDER PUBLIC: Film is a global enterprise, and the consumption of film is a part of British culture; similarly, the British film industry has been in existence for over 100 years in various forms, and has become a part of our cultural heritage. The wider public will benefit directly from this project through the events run in conjunction with the LIFF, the NMM as part of BIFF2015, and at the BFI, as outlined above. These public events will bring cultural and social benefits to attendees and develop awareness of the way in which the film industry operates within the UK, as well as increasing public knowledge and quality of life. The events will offer a new dimension to the Film Festivals, which normally focus primarily on the visual aspects of film, helping to increase visitor numbers to Leeds, Bradford and London and boosting the economy.
Notice of upcoming impact events, developments relating to the impact plan, and reports of impact events held as part of the project, will all be posted as news stories on this website.