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The Depth of Adventure, the Volume of Discovery: Feeling 3D Space

[This blog is based on my 2016 SCMS presentation] Stereographer Brian Gardner (Coraline, Life of Pi) describes creating “an emotional undercurrent” through depth and volume. He writes: “when the 3D goes deep behind the screen, you get this large empty … Continue reading

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Seriality, Seriality, Seriality Section 12: To End Yet Again

I was recently invited to join the closing panel discussion at Seriality Seriality Seriality: The Many Lives of the Field that Isn’t One, the final conference of the tremendously productive Popular Seriality Research Unit, funded by the German Research Foundation. The … Continue reading

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Matinee Melodrama Video Lecture

That book project I announced all those years ago is finally finished! To mark the occasion I’m posting a short video lecture that illustrates the book’s discussion of a fight scene from the Republic Serial Daredevils of the Red Circle.

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Cinema and Seriality 2016 CFP, September in Paris!

Serial Scholars?! Below is the CFP for what looks to be a terrific conference in Paris this September (2016). See You There? [PDF of the Full Call linked below] Cinema and Seriality 22nd Sercia Conference, Sept. 8-9-10, 2016 Université Paris … Continue reading

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The Important Umbrella

Not long ago a journalist asked me to name what I considered the most important film of the last 15 years and I somewhat perversely suggested Pixar’s short The Blue Umbrella (2012) directed by Saschka Unsled. I’m not really a … Continue reading

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The Great Severity of Howard Hawks

Bemoaning the state of Soviet film in the early 1930s, Sergei Eisenstein asked if the term “sound-film” meant that “what you see while you’re listening does not deserve attention?” He demanded a return to silent cinema’s “great severity of form” … Continue reading

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“Digital Seriality” — Panel at #SCMS15 in Montreal Posted by Shane Denson on December 3, 2014 At the upcoming conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (March 25-29, 2015 in Montréal), I will be participating in a panel on “Digital Seriality,” … Continue reading

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Digital Seriality

Here’s a panel that I’m participating with during the SCMS meeting next March in Montreal. Shane Denson has posted all the info on his blog:   http://medieninitiative.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/digital-seriality-panel-at-scms15-in-montreal/

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Republic Lands the Punch: Art of the Serial Dust-up

Fisticuffs were an obligatory component of almost every serial, but Republic gained distinction for developing the form into a precise articulation of force and agility. Columbia and Universal serials tended to cede pacing and presentation of fights to casually organized … Continue reading

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Pi Eyed

The problem with writing an aesthetic history of the present is that the present has a nasty habit of always changing (even more than the past). Last year I published an essay on 3D in a special issue of Film … Continue reading

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