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Video of the Day: ‘What is neorealism?’

What is neorealism? by kogonada for Sight & Sound analyzes the differences between Vittorio De Sica’s Terminal Station (1953) and David O. Selznick’s recut of the same film, released in the U.S. as Indiscretion of an American Wife.  The video essay examines the differences between De Sica’s original work and the re-construction done by Selznick, one of the most prominent producers in the history of American film. The two versions of the film visualize a clear distinction between Italian neorealism and the 1950’s Hollywood standard; put simply, De Sica’s film seems to poetically linger on moments and characters that his American counterpart cut short. This broad examination concludes with a final argument: “To ask ‘what is neorealism?’ is to ask ‘what is cinema?’”

Exploring “Twin Peaks”

In honor of Twin Peaks Day, I’m reposting this video essay I made on the series last spring. Enjoy, and please feel free to share any feedback! For my final project for CTCS 587: Television Theory, a graduate Cinema & Media Studies course at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, I elected to do a video essay on Twin Peaks. In “Exploring ‘Twin Peaks’” I take a brief look at the production history of the series, as well as the show’s hybridization of genres. Because this was my first attempt at creating a video essay it certainly has its issues – but despite some technical and conceptual roadblocks, I truly enjoyed working on this project. In retrospect, I realize that I underestimated the amount of effort video essays require. From conducting research, to writing a script, recording voiceover, gathering clips, and assembling them into a cohesive format – it’s quite a time-consuming undertaking! All in all, I’d describe making a video essay as a labor-intensive, but immensely fun endeavor. I’m interested in exploring the video essay genre further, so any constructive criticism or feedback is welcomed. Incase you’re interested, here …