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The Essay: Remixed for Video

Categories: NER Recommends

Founded and tenderly curated by Catherine Grant, the Vimeo group Audiovisualcy provides a forum for video essays that illuminate, interrogate, and often radically reinterpret film texts.

Venturing into "The Badlands" of Media

Although some Audiovisualcy pieces or series mimic the formats of written expository essays, many videos use cinematic art as a platform for their own creative experiments. Contributors, including Middlebury College professors Jason Mittell and Christian Keathley, mobilize the film medium in order to infuse theoretical insights with refreshing playfulness. Whether matching Herrmann’s Vertigo score to Pixar films or spatially reorganizing a Griffith short, Audiovisualcy not only mines the scholarly side of entertainment, but also reminds us that scholarship may and perhaps should be entertaining, as well.

Particularly recommended are Catherine Grant’s “Touching the Film Object?,” Jim Emerson’s “Close Up: A Critical Essay/Dream Sequence,” and Frederic Brodbeck’s “Cinemetrics.”