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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Do You Believe in Magic? A Detailed Look into the films of Melies

George Melies is typically given credit for discovering the narrative potential of film. He lived from 1861-1938, with most of those years being spent living and working in Paris, France. As a Broadcasting major, with a keen interest in editing, special effects, and producing, I decided to delve into the work and contribution of Melies for my thesis. I will be concentrating on: moving and changing images and how they are perceived, how Melies controlled continuity through framing and action, and how he dealt with limited technology to do so. Also, I will compare early editing techniques to Final Cut Pro (the new program used by professionals), and how time can be expanded, compressed, or taken away through the use of editing. I will sum up my paper/presentation by discussing how Melies used trickery and magic to change audience perception and transform the overall movie theater experience.

Presenter: Stephanie Cummings (Undergraduate Student)
Location: 204 Holmes
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)