Re: hypermedia

From: Gene Youngblood (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Apr 01 2010 - 08:32:18 PDT

Good points, Chuck. I was of course talking about material to which the publisher has rights. Which would include every movie on DVD unless I'm missing something. Which is why I used Potemkin and Brakhage as examples. The supplementary features on the disc would include the kind of analysis I described, or it would be on a website. Permission to do the website would of course have to be negotiated.

There are always limitations. Several years ago I proposed to Criterion a project in which I would analyze the use of negative space in cityscapes in 1960s Italian cinema. It would be a one-hour supplement on their DVD of Antonioni's "Eclipse," using the techniques I described in my post here. They loved it, but we ultimately decided not to do it because permissions would have been too expensive, and I was not willing to restrict my analysis only to films for which Criterion had rights. But so what? I'm going to do it anyway someday as an anonymous guerrilla intervention, and put it on Karagarga just for the thrill.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Chuck Kleinhans
  To: email suppressed
  Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 9:41 PM
  Subject: Re: hypermedia

  On Mar 31, 2010, at 10:02 AM, Gene Youngblood wrote:

    I suspect that no one, in fact, is doing these things in film analysis (outside of the classroom), and if you think about it, that's astonishing. Such an obvious thing to do, and so powerful.

  I think it's not so astonishing given that copyright and ownership intrudes here. While it would be possible to do this with really old films that were out of the range of copyright, the fact of the matter is that anyone "re-issuing" something in the public domain usually tries to establish their own ownership over it. (Yes, yes, I know all about "fair use"--a nice claim until you have to pay a lawyer and court fees to make your stand for it.)

  Probably the best you can do at this point is YouTube and Ubuweb.

  Related to this and somewhat similar to Bordwell's work, but on television for the most part:

    Jeremy Butler

    Professor - TCF Dept. - U Alabama

  Chuck Kleinhans
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