Recent research events in Film and Television

2015

Wednesday 9th December, 4pm

Daniel Yacavone (university of Edinburgh)
‘Doubled Visions: Co-Creation as Structure, Performance and Theme’

This seminar paper explored the styles, structures and converging thematics of Henri-George Clu-zout’s The Mystery of Picasso and Lars von Trier’s and Jørgen Leth’s The Five Obstructions, two celebrated and highly innovative documentaries on the creative artistic process in the visual arts and cinema made (or co-made) by renowned narrative cinema auteurs. Each film may be seen to for-ground numerous issues of interest to contemporary film theorists and philosophers of film, as relat-ed to creativity and its constraints, artistic authorship and genius (both idealized and ‘problema-tised’), and the challenges of creative filmmaking as simultaneously a means of personal artistic ex-pression and a collaborative art and enterprise.

Thursday 3rd December, 1-2 pm

Inside Industry: Jez Stewart, Curator of Animation at BFI

Jez Stewart is a curator at the British Film Institute’s National Archive with responsibility for the animation collection. In this talk followed by Q+A discussion, Jez introduced the work of the BFI and its collections, explained how archives are useful for those wishing to know more about the history of film, and offer careers advice for those who may be interested in curatorship and archival research.

Thursday 12th November, 4pm

Catherine Grant (University of Sussex)
Holding Out For A Hero, or What can the ‘portrait-homage’ do for film and moving image studies?

In much of the last decade, Catherine Grant has been exploring the production and circulation of user-generated media forms, like blogs and online video, through personal and professional practice in the contexts of film research and scholarship, and digital cinephile culture. One of the kinds of content that she, along with many others, has been drawn to producing are short tribute videos to stars/celebrities who have (just) died. Grant showed and discussed some of these videos, and reflect on their tributary forms and energies in the context both of related, earlier work by artists such as Joseph Cornell, and of the adoption of creative critical modes (including audiovisual ones) in contemporary film and moving image studies.

Wednesday 28th October, 4pm

Michael Lawrnece (University of Sussex)
'Families, Photographs and Zoos on Screen'

This presentation will examine the function of photographic images, practices and technologies in two recent family-oriented representations of family-managed zoos, the Hollywood feature film We Bought A Zoo (Cameron Crowe, 2011) and the BBC television series Our Zoo (2014), both of which are based on true stories. Drawing on the work of Marianne Hirsch (Family Frames, 1997), the talk will offer an analysis of the function of the ‘family album’ in these ‘feel-good’ entertain-ments, in which the opening or reopening of a zoo serves a thoroughly therapeutic experience for the family involved.

Wednesday 22nd April 2015, 5.00-6.30pm

Dr Aylish Wood (University of Kent)
'Animation software and digital space'

In this presentation, Dr Wood spoke about how to study animation software from a user-friendly non-expert perspective, and showed how knowing more about software allows us to say more about moving images created using software. In particular, it allows us to interpret movements as a consequence of the contours of ‘digital space’ rather than simply being a depiction of physical reality.

2014

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 1.15pm-2.30pm

Nigel Cole (director of numerous feature films and TV serials):
'On directing for film and television'

Nigel Cole, award-winning director whose work includes Cold Feet (1997-2003), Saving Grace (2000), Calendar Girls (2005), Made in Dagenham (2010) and Last Tango in Halifax (2012-), spoke to us about his work as a professional film and television director, and the uneasy balance between pursuing creative ambitions and earning a living.

Wednesday 3 December 2014, 4.15pm-5.30pm

Dr Catherine Grant (University of Sussex):
'Dissolves of Passion: Materially thinking through editing in digital videographic film and moving image studies'

Focusing on a number of videographic explorations of matters of film editing (including several of her own), Dr Grant’s talk asked what such practical, digital and audiovisual modes of research and presentation -- ones which themselves evidently turn on editing -- might add to the study of a cinematic feature that (with a number of key exceptions) has not received much sustained attention to date in written film scholarship.

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 4.15pm-5.30pm

Professor Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University, Canada):
'WHO KNEW TOO MUCH? Painful Indications and the Question of Sight'

This talk explored indication and subjunctivity as possible modes of cinematic experience, with in-depth focus on three films of Hitchcock, North by Northwest (1958), Vertigo (1959), and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).

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