Now that the semester is a little over a week old, things have settled down a bit, and hopefully I’ll have time to blog more consistently. Here are some of the things I’ve been reading, watching, and thinking about over the last few days:
- Jonathan Gray has been blogging about the job search process for academics in media studies. Thankfully, I’m not on the market this year, but I think this would have been incredibly useful for me when I was a graduate student. His most recent post explains the very long and protracted time line for most searches, a process that almost makes electing a president seem efficient. He introduces the series here.
- I’m becoming increasingly fascinated and amused by the story about the Academy of Motion Pictures awarding Jean Luc Godard an honorary Oscar, alongside of Francis Ford Coppola (among others). First, it’s nice to see Hollywood reward the director behind such challenging work, even when that work has often positioned itself in stark opposition to the Hollywood system. But now that the news is out, the Academy can’t seem to find Godard, who has yet to comment on the recognition. I can’t really imagine him actually attending the Oscars but will enjoy seeing this story play out.
- Ralph Macchio (and others, including Molly Ringwald and Micheal Lerner) have fun with Macchio’s nice guy image in this Funny or Die video. The “intervention” scene at the beginning is especially clever.
- Cinematical has the latest on YouTube’s experiments with delivery of full length motion pictures. The latest: it appears they are making more of an effort to enter into the Hulu model of “free” access to ad-supported movies.
- On a related note, Anthony Kaufman announces a series of articles that will address whether new modes of delivery can save the mid-level indie film. As Kaufman points out, there are no easy answers here.
- Via Chris Becker’s indispensable “News for TV Majors,” Judy Shapiro’s discussion of our “six-screen” future, as screens multiply beyond today’s TVs, PCs, and mobile screens.
- Anne Thompson passes along the very cool announcement of the launch of SnagLearning, a platform of approximately 125 documentaries for classroom use at the middle and high school level. On a quick scroll through, many of these films are well-tailored to students and worth reviewing for teachers and others interested in education.
- Thompson also mentions two other links that may be of interest: a short documentary on the future of digital distribution from Game Industry TV and a discussion of the rise (in the visibility of?) of non-profit micro-cinemas. Hoping to review both of these in the future for a longer post.