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Dr Sarah Bowen


Dr Sarah Bowen
Contact Details
Dr Sarah Bowen

Senior Lecturer

School of Film, Music & Performing Arts

0113 81 29291 S.L.Bowen@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Sarah Bowen

Dr Sarah Louisa Bowen is Head of Animation at the Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University, teaching Experimental Film, Research-based filmmaking practices, Animation and Moving Image Theory.

Her practice-based doctorate, supervised by Andrew Kotting and Dominic Rahtz, investigates specific camera movement through cinematic space - contexts, meaning and affect - positing this as a popular trope that communicates the psychological experience of transitional space as described by D.W.Winnicott.

A graduate of the National Film and Television School, she was taught by Jerzy Kucia and Piotr Dumala in UK and Poland and has a keen interest in Eastern European Animation and Experimental Animation techniques.

Current Teaching

  • Animation Theory
  • Dissertation Supervision
  • Animation Filmmaking
  • Experimental Filmmaking and Theory
  • PhD Supervision
  • MA Filmmaking
  • Head of Animation, Northern Film School
  • BA (Hons) Animation - Course Leader

Research Interests

Sarah Bowen's filmmaking practices engage with experimental stop-motion animation techniques to explore movement through cinematic landscape.

e.g In her film 'Walking Albion', a stop-motion camera travels 550 miles across the widest part of England (Cornwall to Norfolk) between Beltane and the Summer Solstice. The camera passes through diverse landscapes connecting significant pre-historic, Christian and pre-Christian sites.

Out of this original journey, came the follow on book 'Awakening Albion' and the film 'Walking Albion'. These helped to establish this route as an official footpath (Michael/Mary Pilgrims’ Way), now waymarked between West Cornwall and Avebury and continuing toward Norfolk.

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