‘Black Panther’ Defies Wakanda’s Self-Containment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Wakanda’s isolationism doesn’t separate Black Panther from the Marvel Cinematic Universe—it reinforces its connection. Continue reading ‘Black Panther’ Defies Wakanda’s Self-Containment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Senses of Cinema, World Poll 2017

Every year the online film journal Senses of Cinema calls for written contributions from film critics, scholars, and cinephiles around the world that reflect the most memorable and significant viewing experiences during the year gone by. I would usually read this annual poll with interest and curiosity but also a sense of disconnection with the type of film and viewing practices that regularly appear. Since my … Continue reading Senses of Cinema, World Poll 2017

“That’s Not How the Force Works!” Rebooting the Franchise Mythos in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

In The Last Jedi, rebooting is significant as a transformative strategy because it doesn’t reboot in the ways we usually expect. The Last Jedi pushes the boundaries of rebooting, franchising, and audience expectations by re-negotiating the mythos, or brand essence, of the franchise itself. This is is not a reboot of surrounding ornamentation, but of franchise mythology. Continue reading “That’s Not How the Force Works!” Rebooting the Franchise Mythos in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

“Thank the Maker!” George Lucas, Lucusfilm, and the Legends of Transtextual Authorship Across the Star Wars Franchise

Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling, edited by Sean Guynes and Dan Hassler-Forest. Published by Amsterdam University Press, 2017 I am delighted to have contributed a chapter to this edited book collection on the Star Wars franchise and its role in the history of transmedia storytelling.Download Open Access PDF here.  Paperback available for purchase from Amsterdam University Press and Amazon. Chapter 1: ‘Thank the Maker!’ … Continue reading “Thank the Maker!” George Lucas, Lucusfilm, and the Legends of Transtextual Authorship Across the Star Wars Franchise

On Being Cinematic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Medium Specificity in Transmedia Storytelling and Media Franchising

Conference presentation at the Sydney Screen Studies Network (SSSN) Symposium, University of New South Wales 8 December 2017 It was great to attend and present at the Sydney Screen Studies Network‘s 2017 Symposium earlier this month, focused on the topic “Intersections in Film and Media Studies”. Full symposium program available here My presentation reworked my thesis methodology to consider the role of medium specificity within the … Continue reading On Being Cinematic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Medium Specificity in Transmedia Storytelling and Media Franchising

Feasting on Hannibal: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne 29-30 November , 2016. A year ago I co-convened the international conference, Feasting on Hannibal, with my colleagues, Dr. Jessica Balanzategui and Dr. Naja Later, and since I didn’t have this site set-up back then I thought I’d do a retrospective post about the event. Supported by the School of Culture and Communication and the Faculty of Arts … Continue reading Feasting on Hannibal: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Digital Research Brought to Life: acmi X Pop-Up @ Open Day

Open Day, The University of Melbourne 20 August, 2017 I’m very fortunate to be a resident at the creative industries co-share space, acmi X, which is affiliated with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square in Melbourne. This residency program is the result of a partnership between ACMI and the Faculty of Arts/Faculty of VCA and MCM at The University of Melbourne. … Continue reading Digital Research Brought to Life: acmi X Pop-Up @ Open Day

Post-Hollywood: The Illusion of Location in Melbourne’s Post, Digital, and Visual Effects Industry

I was recently invited to participate in the Digital Studio’s Seminar Series at The University of Melbourne. It was a great opportunity to share some of my research on Hollywood visual effects work in Melbourne, which is part of ongoing research work. Event details here. Abstract No longer confined to the entertainment industry’s geographical hub of Los Angeles, Hollywood visual effects production is now a … Continue reading Post-Hollywood: The Illusion of Location in Melbourne’s Post, Digital, and Visual Effects Industry