The Videographic Essay: Practice and PedagogyMain MenuThe Videographic EssayTable of ContentsIntroduction, Acknowledgements, and Further ReadingScholarship in Sound & Image: A Pedagogical EssayPedagogical essay authored by Christian Keathley and Jason MittellDissolves of PassionIn Dialogue: Eric Faden and Kevin B. LeeBecoming Videographic Critics: A Roundtable ConversationA conversation among practitioners curated by Jason MittellStar Studies in TransitionBut Is Any Of This Legal?Videographic ExercisesGallery of All ExercisesCreditsChristian Keathley0199b522721abf067a743773a226b6064fe22f8cJason Mittell06e96b1b57c0e09d70492af49d984ee2f68945deCatherine Grantc9eab209ad26b2e418453515f6418aa2cbe20309
Kevin B. Lee
12016-05-03T14:27:04-07:00Jason Mittell06e96b1b57c0e09d70492af49d984ee2f68945de75433structured_gallery2019-12-20T15:22:59-08:00Jason Mittell06e96b1b57c0e09d70492af49d984ee2f68945deKevin B. Lee teaches Crossmedia Publishing at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, and is a prolific independent critic and filmmaker. Lee speaks with Eric Faden about their journeys as videographic critics, including a discussion of Lee's videos "John Cassavetes: Spaces of Seduction" and "Transformers: The Premake."
12016-05-03T18:21:33-07:00Jason Mittell06e96b1b57c0e09d70492af49d984ee2f68945deTRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE (a desktop documentary)1OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2015 Berlinale International Film Festival Critics Week; 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival; 2014 Viennale International Film Festival; 2014 Cologne Unlimited Shorts Festival. More info at http://www.alsolikelife.com/premake Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment of the Transformers movie franchise directed by Michael Bay, will be released June 27 2014. But on YouTube one can already access an immense trove of production footage recorded by amateurs in locations where the film was shot, such as Utah, Texas, Detroit, Chicago, Hong Kong and mainland China. Transformers: the Premake turns 355 YouTube videos into a critical investigation of the global big budget film industry, amateur video making, and the political economy of images.
The Premake utilizes a “desktop documentary” technique that acknowledges the internet's role not only as a boundless repository of information but as a primary experience of reality. It creatively depicts the process in which we explore a deep web of images and data to reach moments of discovery and decisive action. In a blockbuster cinema culture rife with insipid remakes of franchise properties, The Premake presents a critical counter-image in which personalized digital media asks what Hollywood is really doing in the world.
Note: This is the complete version of TRANSFORMERS THE PREMAKE. The video will be also released online episodically as follows:
1 - "Remember Chicago" starts at 0:00 2 - "A World Full of Adventure" - starts at 4:53 3 - "Bringing Cultures Closer" - starts at 11:01 4 - "Get What Nobody Else Can" - starts at 15:43 5 - "Finale: Openings" starts at 20:15plain2016-05-03T18:21:33-07:00Vimeo2014-05-05T21:47:12video94101046Kevin B. Leetransformersage of extinctionpremakedesktopdocumentaryJason Mittell06e96b1b57c0e09d70492af49d984ee2f68945de