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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Audio: Talking to Chuck Tryon, Author of 'Reinventing Cinema'

Over the last week, I've been reading the really excellent new book "Reinventing Cinema: Movies in the Age of Media Convergence." The author is Chuck Tryon, a professor at Fayetteville State University who also runs the always-enjoyable Chutry Experiment blog.

We caught up by phone yesterday for a conversation about some of the ways that new technologies are changing cinema. Among the topics we covered:

- The shift from print to digital movie criticism
- Will studios remain power players in the future?
- With democratizing technology, will there simply be too many movies available from up-and-coming indie filmmakers?
- The notion of the "endless film" - the movie that is never finished (with a hat-tip to Ted Hope)
- Can filmmakers ever transcend their desire for total control over their product?

You can download the MP3 (it runs just under 20 minutes) here, or just click "play" below.

From the publisher's official overview of the book...

    For over a century, movies have played an important role in our lives, entertaining us, often provoking conversation and debate. Now, with the rise of digital cinema, audiences often encounter movies outside the theater and even outside the home. Traditional distribution models are challenged by new media entrepreneurs and independent film makers, usergenerated video, film blogs, mashups, downloads, and other expanding networks.

    Reinventing Cinema examines film culture at the turn of this century, at the precise moment when digital media are altering our historical relationship with the movies. Spanning multiple disciplines, Chuck Tryon addresses the interaction between
    production, distribution, and reception of films, television, and other new and emerging media.Through close readings of trade publications, DVD extras, public lectures by new media leaders, movie blogs, and YouTube videos, Tryon navigates the shift to digital cinema and examines how it is altering film and popular culture.

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  • Bloggers have a distinct advantage over traditional media in that their tireless and passionate work is borne of a genuine desire to blog rather than a paycheck (in theory). As for credibility--having an advance degree in film studies means you probably write reviews that go over everybody's head Chuck! Film analysis skills don;t mean jack when it comes to relating to the existing audience and how people relate to films in the here and now. Screw elegant and fuck authority! I'll take a review from one film fan to another over a reviewer (movie critic) any day. I'm tired of bitter movie reviewers who sit back and pick films apart with impunity--having already failed at their own attempts to become like one of the numerous long-departed film Gods they worship (and losing their sense of creative individuality in the process).

    Miles Maker
    Friend, Fan and Filmmaker

    By Blogger Miles Maker, at 6:14 PM  

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