Assembled Illusions is my online portfolio, where I assemble my research outputs and engagements in the fields of media franchising, transmedia storytelling, visual effects, and Hollywood entertainment.

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Tara Lomax is completing a PhD in screen studies at the University of Melbourne, with a thesis that examines the transtextual poetics of franchise cinema. She currently works as a higher education curriculum writer at Collarts in Melbourne. Previously, she has fulfilled the role of Sessional Lecturer in Screen Culture and Aesthetics in the School of Film and TV at the Victorian College of the Arts, with experience lecturing and teaching in screen and cinema studies, media studies, and cultural studies at various other universities across Melbourne.

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Her research publications focus on media franchising and licensing, authorship, world-building, and editing, with particular interest in the Star Wars, Marvel, and Hannibal franchises. She has published in the journals Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Senses of Cinema, and the edited collection Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. With forthcoming publications on supervillany in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, creative licensing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the horror of seriality in the television series, Hannibal.

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Her other research interests include post-production, visual and special effects, and global entertainment industries, with public and academic presentations on Melbourne’s post, digital, and visual effects sector.


Doctor of Philosophy in Screen Studies, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne (in progress, due for completion 2021)

Graduate Certificate in Screen Culture, Australian Film Television and Radio School (2012)

Master of Arts (Film Studies), School of Literature, Art, and Media, The University of Sydney (2011)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), First Class Honours in English, Double Major with Cinema Studies, La Trobe University (2009)