Videographic Criticism

Write-up by Jacob Oller on Film School Rejects
Published on FilmScalpel as part of their Alfred Hitchcock dossier.
Presented at the 2018 Middlebury College Student Symposium.



Projects

Seeing Truffaut's Hitchcock

Seeing Truffaut’s Hitchcock is a Scalar book project comprised of video essays about François Truffaut’s 1966 interview with — and study of — Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock. The project is an audiovisual companion to Truffaut’s text, featuring short video essays that explore concepts and ideas discussed in the text. To learn more, click here.


Other Videographic Work

In the summer of 2019, I worked as the teaching assistant at the Scholarship in Sound & Image Workshop at Middlebury College. The workshop is two week program where established scholars learn the theory and technical skills necessary to produce videographic criticism. During the course of the workshop, participants conceive and produce film & media criticism via digital sound and moving images.

As the sole teaching assistant and residential assistant, I: served as mentor and technical assistant to the 14 scholars who participated; provided feedback on projects in one one one, small and large group settings; assisted in teaching participants basic skills in Adobe Premiere and videographic theory; lived in a dorm with all residents and helped coordinate logistics for the workshop.

Below are the videographic exercises I made at the workshop. They focus on the HBO miniseries,  John Adams.

In the fall of 2017, as part of Jason Mittell’s “Videographic Film Studies” course at Middlebury College, I made a series of videographic exercises about Rio Bravo (1959). Watch them below.

Below are other videographic experiments about the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock.


Writing About Video Essays

Video Essay Guides Written For Film School Rejects:
A Video Essay Guide to Jimmy Stewart
A Video Essay Guide to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo
A Video Essay Guide to Citizen Kane
A Video Essay Guide to Paul Thomas Anderson
A Video Essay Guide to Your Favorite Cartoons
A Video Essay Guide to Pixar 
Five Must Watch Video Essays For Hitchcock Fans

Articles About Individual Video Essays For Film School Rejects:
The Difference Between Marilyn Monroe’s Public and Private Personas
Why We Love the Old, Grainy Face of Film
When Francois Truffaut’s Life Imitated His Art
How Walter White Became a Weapon
Paul Thomas Anderson Really Loves Frames
Connections Expand the Saoirse Ronan Universe
Why Hitchcock Altered the Opening of Notorious
How Guillermo del Toro Uses Color