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Hasmik Gasparyan


Thesis - Investigating the Making of Cinematic Silence

My PhD by creative practice explores the notion of cinematic silence after late 1960s. I am examining the directorial approaches and sound techniques applied by selected filmmakers in making cinematic silence. This study based on the analysis of  case-studies/ films by Michelangelo Antonioni, Michael Haneke, Stanley Kubrick, Andrei Tarkovsky, Abbas Kiarostami, Coen Brothers, Frederick 
Wiseman and Chantal Akerman; and interviews by prominent film practitioners. My research will expand on the notion of cinematic silence, as a strong narrative device that can contribute to the 
representation of human experience and bring attention to questions such as ‘how do filmmakers approach silence on screen?’, ‘is there a tendency to always “fill the gap”?

My thesis will be presented through the production of an original film, a dissertation and a reflection on my creative process.

Supervisor: Dr Sandra Pauletto

My research is partly funded by TFTI Department, University of York and Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).



I hold an MA with Merit in Screen Documentary (Goldsmiths, University of London, 2010-2011) and an MA in Feature Film Direction (Armenian State Pedagogical University, Yerevan, 1993-1998). I worked as a television director and independent documentary filmmaker for more than ten years in Armenia. I worked as volunteer film previewer at the Sheffield Doc/Fest for three years and film curator at the Armenian Cinema Salon, Armenian Institute in London. My works have been presented at international festivals and art events in UK, France, Japan, Turkey and Armenia.



Research Interests

Film sound, filmmaking, film narrative in practice, audience’s perception of silence and film post-production.

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Ms Hasmik Gasparyan
Department of Theatre, Film,Television and Interactive Media