Absent - Present

Absent - Present is an experimental filmpoem that explores loss, the fragility of existence and the reliability of memory through images, soundscapes and spoken word.

  • Susannah Ramsay
    Dislocation 2016, West of Dalabrog 2016
  • Susannah Ramsay
  • Susannah Ramsay
  • Susannah Ramsay
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  • Susannah Ramsay
    Short films: Head The Ball (1998), The Big Cheese (1998), Come Again (1998), Oh Minnie! (1999). Formula One Highlights (1999-2003), Make Me A Supermodel, Wife Swap (2005).
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    3 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 22, 2014
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    United Kingdom
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    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Susannah Ramsay

PhD practice-based researcher, filmmaker & Avid Media Composer editor.
BA (hons) Media Production, 1998
MLitt Film Studies, 2014
RSPB Scotland, Artist in Residence 2017

Prior to my doctoral research, I worked as a commercial Avid Media Composer editor. I have worked on short films, plus several sports and reality television programmes.
I work with Super 8mm film and HD video.

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Director Statement

In 2014, I moved into directing through my MLitt Film Studies course, which gave me the opportunity to produce my first experimental filmpoem, Absent - Present. The film was well received and gained a distinction together with my dissertation.
So far, Absent - Present has been selected for 'Short of the Year' 2015 film festival in Spain.
I am a final year PhD researcher and filmmaker in the Department of Communications, Media and Culture at Stirling University and Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. My practice-based research ‘Experiencing the Filmpoem' explores the phenomenological potential of the filmpoem. Through the production and exhibition of my own filmpoems, my research aims to discover how this medium can provide a sensorial embodied experience within either a site-specific gallery space or a traditional screening context.