|Image montage from Lou Romano‘s wonderful Cinemosaic website of frame grabs from The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955). Read Bryan Wuest‘s article on space in this film.|
The theme of our newest issue is “space,” which has spawned a range of approaches in cinema and media studies. “Space” is a nebulous concept, but the very difficulty in pinning down how a spatial discussion of media should proceed is why Mediascape thought this would be an appropriate discussion to tease out in our non-traditional format.[‘Introduction’ by Bryan Hikari Hartzheim and Katy Ralko, Co-Editors-in-Chief, Mediascape, Winter 2012 Issue]
- ‘Watching the River: Mise en Scène and Safe Space in The Night of the Hunter’‘ By Bryan Wuest
- Disneyomatics: Media, Branding, and Urban Space in Post-Katrina New Orleans’ By Helen Morgan Parmett
- ‘War Games at Home, Home Games at War: Geography and Military First-Person Shooting Games’ By Diana M. Pozo
- ‘Media Boundaries and Bullet Time: A Hard Boiled Fan Plays Stranglehold’ By Harrison Gish
- ‘Urban Metaphysics: Creating Game Layers on Top of the World’ By Nettrice R. Gaskins
- ‘Revenge of the (Angry Video Game) Nerd: James Rolfe and Web 2.0 Fandom’ By Jim Fleury
- Video Games: The State of the Field – A Discussion with Steve Mamber, Peter Lunenfeld, and Eddo Stern (March 28, 2011). Moderated by David O’Grady
|Framegrab from El Valley Centro (James Benning, 2000). Read Elizabeth Cowie’s article on Documentary Space, Place, and Landscape which discusses Benning’s film, among others. Cowie is author of the new book Recording Reality, Desiring the Real (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011)|
Film Studies For Free brings you openly accessible brilliance from the latest issue of Media Fields Journal. It’s a really excellent issue on documentary and space – a must-read. And however hyperbolically positive (the always hyperbolically positive) FSFF is, it doesn’t always say that. So, do yourselves a big favour and click on the below links without further ado.
- Ryan Bowles and Rahul Mukherjee, ‘Documentary and Space: Introduction’, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Alexandra Juhasz, ‘A Place in the Online Feminist Documentary Cyber-closet’, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Laura Rascaroli, ‘Sonic Interstices: Essayistic Voiceover and Spectatorial Space in Robert Cambrinus’s Commentary (2009)’, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- André Jansson and Erik Gandini, ‘Gitmo Space: A Dialogue about Mediatized Warfare, Documentary Filmmaking and Heterotopic Truth‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Nonny de la Peña, ‘Physical World News In Virtual Spaces: Representation and Embodiment in Immersive Nonfiction‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Erica Stein, ‘The Road to Heaven Twists: The City, Urban Planning, and Experiential Space‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Christina Corfield, ‘Flexible by Nature: Video and the Cultural Production of Concrete Fact‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Dan Fleming, ‘The Staging of Affect and the “Elsewhens” of Documentary Space’, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Sukanya Sen, ‘Encountering Space: Documenting the Topography of the Migrant Home’, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- Maggie Hennefeld, ‘The Geopolitics of Narrative Parody in Ulrike Ottinger’s Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
- ‘Mapping Documentary: Roundtable with Filmmaker Ido Haar and Film and Media Studies Scholar Janet Walker in Conversation with David Gray and Jade Petermon‘, Media Fields Journal, Issue 3, 2011
|Image of Kendra Elliott in Shallow Focus (Majestic Micro Movies, 2010)|
Film Studies For Free trips the light fantastic today as it brings you an entertaining, neo-Godardian, audiovisual introduction to cinematic shot-making in four (themselves luminously shot) parts.
The videos come from Majestic Micro Movies, a filmmaking collective based in Brooklyn and north Texas, “dedicated to touching the wordless secrets only cinema can discover. Its offerings are now rolling out on a computer or portable device near you!” The collective’s YouTube channel is here and its Facebook page is here.
Film Studies For Free was ever so happy to discover that Screen, the leading international journal of academic film and television studies — a journal with which FSFF‘s author has been proud to be associated as an editorial advisory board member since 1995 — has a number of wonderful articles and reviews which have been made freely accessible online in full-text and pdf formats.
This blog particularly liked the essays, linked to below, by Annette Kuhn (a great reflection on screen theorizing on the occasion of Screen‘s 50th anniversary) and by Barbara Klinger in which she revisits film theories of affect as well as the debates around Jane Campion‘s 1993 film The Piano.
This blogpost won’t mean too much to those readers who can take institutional subscriptions to Screen for granted, but FSFF knows it will be appreciated by many others, in lots of different parts of the world, who don’t enjoy that particular scholarly benefit.
Volume 50, Number 1, Spring 2009 (50th anniversary issue)
- Annette Kuhn, Screen and screen theorizing today Screen 2009 50: 1-12; doi:10.1093/screen/hjp001[FREE Full Text][PDF]
Volume 47, Number 1, Spring 2006 (first fully digital issue)
- Charlotte Brunsdon, ‘A fine and private place’: the cinematic spaces of the London Underground’ Screen 2006 47: 1-17; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl001 [Abstract][FREE Full Text][PDF]
- Barbara Klinger, The art film, affect and the female viewer: The Piano revisited Screen 2006 47: 19-41; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl002 [Abstract][FREE Full Text][PDF]
- Gregory A. Walle, Narrating the new Japan: Biograph’s The Hero of Liao-Yang (1904) Screen 2006 47: 43-65; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl003 [Abstract][FREE Full Text][PDF]
- Laikwan Pang,Walking into and out of the spectacle: China’s earliest film scene Screen 2006 47: 66-80; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl004[Abstract][FREE Full Text][PDF]
- Deborah Allison, Multiplex programming in the UK: the economics of homogeneity Screen 2006 47: 81-90; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl005[FREE Full Text][PDF]
- Sylvia Harvey, Ofcom’s first year and neoliberalism’s blind spot: attacking the culture of production Screen 2006 47: 91-105; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl006[FREE Full Text][PDF]
- Don Reddin, The non-democratic regulator: a response to Sylvia Harvey Screen 2006 47: 107-111; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl007 [FREE Full Text][PDF]
- Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Rune Waldekranz: Swedish pioneering film historian Screen 2006 47: 113-117; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl008[FREE Full Text][PDF]
- James Bennett, Inventing Television Culture: Men, Women and the Box • New Media and Popular Imagination: Launching Radio, Television and Digital Media in the United States Screen 2006 47: 119-124; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl009[FREE Full Text][PDF]
- John Corner, The Subject in Documentary Screen 2006 47: 125-128; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl010[FREE Full Text][PDF]
- Julie Light, Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC Screen 2006 47: 129-132; doi:10.1093/screen/hjl011[FREE Full Text][PDF]
For those of you not (yet) following Film Studies For Free on Twitter here’s a meaty round up of FSFF‘s (aka @filmstudiesff) recent top tweeted recommendations of online and openly accessible film and media studies resources of note. They are listed mainly in reverse chronological order, so there are as many must-read recommendations at the foot of the list as there are at the top.
- Two excellent and must-read items from David Bordwell:
- Scorsese, Schoonmaker, and Toback talk to Aaron Hillis at GreenCineDaily about THE RED SHOES restoration (@GreenCineDaily)
- Must-read: Hito Steyerl on the ‘Poor Image’ (and ‘swarm circulation, digital dispersion, fractured and flexible temporalities’) (thanks to @theauteursdaily)
- Excellent Guardian article by Peter Bradshaw (@guardianfilm and @peterbradshaw1) on ‘What Michael Haneke owes to Kafka’
- Fabulous piece on the essay film’s jostling of cinematic pieties by Andrew Tracy for Moving Image Source (thanks to @theauteursdaily)
- At Indian Auteur, a really good interview with Atsushi Funahashi (Deep in the Valley) (Thanks to @niteshrohit)
- Luke McKernan at The Bioscope on recovering obscure histories, e.g., that of British silent era screenwriter Mary Murillo (thanks to @theauteursdaily)
- Check out Ron Reed’s fascinating post on the Coens’ A Serious Man: ‘Questions For Further Study’ @ Filmwell (@filmwell)
- See Ryland Walker Knight’s wonderful work transforming Michael Bay’s images: “Bay Area: A Flare for “Transformers”
- See Matthew Flanagan’s great review of “La danse – Le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris” (Frederick Wiseman) (thanks to @theauteurs)
- A must-read: Henry Jenkins on’ Strange Overtures: Vodaphone, Tchaikovsky, Ernie Kovacs and the “Wowness” of New Media (thanks to @henryjenkins)
- A last post (sob) Mystery Man on Film’s old blog: [HIS] 101 BEST ARTICLES! – Lots of great educational stuff, especially on screenwriting. (thanks to @MMonFilm)
- Excellent essay by Ernest Mathijs, ‘Threat or Treat: Film, Television, and the Ritual of Halloween’ at Flow TV (thanks to @flowTV)
- Truly great stuff, as always, from Michael J Anderson: “Being Above/Being Within: A Taxonomy of the 360° Panorama” (thanks to @theauteursdaily
- The ever excellent Michael Guillén at The Evening Class on LOS SANTOS SUCIOS/THE DIRTY SAINTS (2009) – great Q&A with Luis Ortega (@MichaelGuillen)
- David Cairns (@dcairns) is brilliant on THE HAUNTING ‘Halloween Film Club: Sick Building Syndrome’ at his Shadowplay blog
- Chris Cagle’s done it again – a great overview, this time, of film history textbooks (thanks to @theauteursdaily). It’s a companion piece to his extremely useful review-overview of introductory textbooks.
- Jonathan Rosenbaum compellingly asks the big Bazinian question ‘What is cinema?’ in his essay ‘Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia’
- A Must-read: Srikanth Srinivasan (@justanotheruser) brilliantly posted about Roman Polanski’s second feature REPULSION (1965)