I am PhD candidate jointly enrolled in the University of Melbourne (Media and Communications) and the University of Auckland (Film, TV and Media Studies). My research is on change, adaption and innovation in New Zealand Aotearoa’s documentary production ecology:
The Production Ecology of Documentary in Aotearoa New Zealand:
A study of a creative and cultural industry in transition.
Media industries are currently experiencing significant economic, political, social and technological change on a global scale. Because of its small size, geographic isolation and unique cultural mix, New Zealand’s screen production ecology is fragile and subject to frequent upheaval. The documentary production ecology is even more volatile, dependent on cultural subsidy and the expectation of fulfilling a public service function, but ultimately required to be cost-effective and highly commercial. The economic, cultural and technological changes that affect media industries globally are experienced in the New Zealand production ecology in distinct ways.
Over the next 18 months I will be interviewing documentary practitioners, funders, broadcasters, distributors, industry organisations and anyone else contributing to New Zealand documentary who can provide inside into how this production ecology functions and how it is adapting to significant changes in the media environment.
This research will provide valuable insights into factors that support the adoption of new platforms and technologies, and innovative creative and business practices, and seek to identify factors that inhibit or support development and innovation.