“Too Busy Building a World to Tell a Story”: Between World-Building and Storytelling in the Cleverman Storyworld

Journal article publication in a special dossier on Australian superheroes and the Cleverman television series, published in Senses of Cinema to coincided with the Superheroes Beyond Conference and the affiliated Cleverman exhibition at ACMI Continue reading “Too Busy Building a World to Tell a Story”: Between World-Building and Storytelling in the Cleverman Storyworld

The Legacy of Superhero Film Serials: Early Adaptations, Crude Licensing Agreements, and the Case of Republic Pictures’ ‘Captain America’ (1944)

Presentation at the Superheroes Beyond Conference, convened by the ARC-supported research group Superheroes & Me and hosted by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, Australia — 6–8 December, 2018. Continue reading The Legacy of Superhero Film Serials: Early Adaptations, Crude Licensing Agreements, and the Case of Republic Pictures’ ‘Captain America’ (1944)

Making it in Post-Production: Special/Visual Effects Distinctions and Digital Disruptions in the Screen Production Process

Presentation at the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) annual conference, at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne. Continue reading Making it in Post-Production: Special/Visual Effects Distinctions and Digital Disruptions in the Screen Production Process

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’