Secrets of Blockbuster Franchises – Project Tempest Podcast

Project Tempest Podcast Episode 15 I had the pleasure of joining the Project Tempest Podcast to talk about blockbuster franchising, creative development, and the multiplatform potential of a story idea. In this discussion, we talk about blockbuster entertainment properties, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars, smaller scale independent application of the franchise model, and the opportunities that franchise development can offer emerging … Continue reading Secrets of Blockbuster Franchises – Project Tempest Podcast

Superheroes on Screen – Primal Screen, 3RRR

Host Flick Ford is joined by guest reviewers Dr Tara Lomax and Dr Andrew Lynch for a look at superheroes on screen. They review Ryan Griffen’s 2016 Indigenous superhero story CLEVERMAN and Taika Waititi’s new release THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Continue reading Superheroes on Screen – Primal Screen, 3RRR

Eternal Variation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has attracted increasing attention as an exemplar of blockbuster franchising over the past decade, with milestones that include a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Black Panther (2018) and a (momentary) highest-grossing release of all time with Avengers: Endgame (2019) (a mantle since retaken by the re-release of the 2009 blockbuster, Avatar). The ‘MCU’ is undeniably popular and continues to engage … Continue reading Eternal Variation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Senses of Cinema, World Poll 2018

The Senses of Cinema World Poll has come around again and I’m happy to have contributed to this significant and extensive project for another year. As with my 2017 contribution, I focus only on franchise instalments because I consider franchise cinema to be an important mode of contemporary entertainment and worth acknowledging in any celebration of cinema and cinephilia. In 2017, I ordered my list … Continue reading Senses of Cinema, World Poll 2018

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)