The Videographic Essay: Practice and Pedagogy

Multiscreen PechaKuchas

Shane Denson did something totally unexpected with the multiscreen format: rather than engage with one or two participants’ films, Shane used everyone’s (plus one extra, selected by Ethan Murphy), organising all the PechaKucha assignments into a sixteen-panel grid. Interestingly, we all assumed that he had manipulated the sound tracks, elevating some and lowering others at various moments throughout— but he hadn’t. The effect was certainly cacophonous, but managed to create an overall macro rhythm that spoke to the tendencies of the PechaKuchas as a whole, rather than the construction of any individual film. Given that Shane’s selected film, Frankenstein (James Whale, U.S.A., 1931), concerns the assembly of pieces into a new whole, the Franken-PechaKucha oddly evoked many of the themes he had been exploring in his film.

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