Volume 1, Issue 34: What do new practitioners think?

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A few months ago I received an email from Shant Bayramian, who runs the great website www.theavessayist.com, inviting me to chat about video essays and what we as relatively new practitioners think about the form.

As an admirer of Shant’s work (subscribe to his YouTube page!), I was honored to be asked. It was also great to chat with someone who is asking themself many of the same questions I ask myself each time I put out a podcast and newsletter. Shant and I are also at similar stages in our careers, so it was great to talk about our respective work and how our interest in video essays is shaping our professional and personal pursuits.

You can find our conversation, plus some great visual extras Shant added to the videos, below. Let us know what you think!




Episode 24. John Gibbs, plus Douglas Pye on Victor Perkins

NOTE: I first posted a version of this episode with the audio out of sync (sorry John & Doug!). I switched the files shortly after learning of the mistake, but it is possible one might have dowloaded the first version. If that is the case, please re-download and/or refresh the episode. Thanks!

On the latest episode of the show, I sit down with John Gibbs, Head of the School of Arts & Communication Design and Professor of Film at the University of Reading, to discuss style-based criticism, his videographic work, and more. We discuss John's video essay, "‘Say, have you seen the Carioca?’," published as part of the AHRC/FAPESP-funded project, "Intermldia: Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema." We also talk about Liz Greene's "The Elephant Man's Sound, Tracked" and "The Strange Streets of a Strange City: The Ambersons Montage" by Patrick Keating. 

Douglas Pye also joins the show to discuss his new edited collection, V.F. Perkins on Movies: Collected Shorter Film Criticism, from Wayne State University Press. We discuss the book, the work of Perkins and how it relates to videographic criticism.

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