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Introduction: Amateur Filmmaking: New Developments and Directions

Laura Rascaroli

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Laura Rascaroli is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at University College Cork. She is the author of The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (2009) and the co-author (with Ewa Mazierska) of From Moscow to Madrid: European Cities, Postmodern Cinema (2003), The Cinema of Nanni Moretti: Dreams and Diaries (2004), and Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (2006). She is also the co-editor (with Patrick O’Donovan) of The Cause of Cosmopolitanism: Dispositions, Models, Transformations (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Gwenda Young

Gwenda Young is Lecturer in Film Studies and Co-director of Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, Ireland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Barry Monahan

Barry Monahan is lecturer in Film Studies at the University College Cork, Ireland. He has published Ireland’s Theatre on Film: Style, Stories and the National Stage on Screen (2009), and also written on Irish cinema from different theoretical and aesthetic perspectives in various collections of essays, including Screening Irish America (2009), Genre and Cinema: Ireland and Transnationalism (2007), and Viewpoints: Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Visual Texts (2013). He contributes regularly to Estudios Irlandeses, the Spanish Journal of Irish Studies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Recent years have witnessed a new interest in the home movie among scholars and the broader public alike. With the publication of such volumes as Reel Families (Zimmermann 1995), There’s No Place Like Home Video (Moran 2002), and Mining...

The Home Movie and Space of Communication

Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The aim of this chapter is to show how the notion of “space of communication” can assist an understanding of the functioning and the evolution of the home movie as well as what happens, from a communicational point of view, when the home...

Shooting for Profit: The Monetary Logic of the YouTube Home Movie

Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...“Is this real life?” seven-year-old David DeVore asks his dad from the backseat of a car. “Yes, this is real life!” his father replies with a chuckle. David’s eyes roll back as he spins his head in circles. Leaning forward in his seat, he...

Change of Scale: Home Movies as Microhistory in Documentary Films

Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...In the last two decades, a significant number of documentary filmmakers have used home movies to create films that can be termed “historical,” insofar as they use domestic footage to provide portrayals of past times and societies...

How to Grasp Historical Media Dispositifs in Practice

Andreas Fickers

Andreas Fickers is Professor of Contemporary and Digital History at Luxembourg University, Luxembourg. His research ranges from transnational media history to the European history of technology and theory of digital history. He is the co-editor in chief of the open access online journal VIEW – European Journal of Television History and Culture and the author, most recently, of Communicating Europe: Technologies, Information, Events (Palgrave, 2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...This contribution’s point of departure is the search for alternative ways to draft historical statements on past media practices. The main concern centres on how historical objects of media technology can be used as sources...

Representing the Past and the Meaning of Home in Péter Forgács’s Private Hungary

Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Since the 1980s, Hungarian filmmaker Péter Forgács has been working with old home movies and amateur films, using them as the foundation upon which to create his extraordinary narratives of twentieth-century European, mostly Hungarian...

“That would be wrong”: Errol Morris and his Use of Home Movies (as Metalanguages) in Feature Documentaries

Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...And so, here’s Abu Ghraib, the filmmaker [Errol Morris] continued, where you have these people actually saying these things, saying, “That would be wrong.” And yet they’re in the middle of this insane muddle. (Dollar 2008)Abu Ghraib Prison,...

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention, or Morder’s Amateur Toolkit

Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Joseph Morder is one of the most prolific filmmakers in France. He started filming in 1967 after receiving his first Super 8 camera—a little Instamatic—for his eighteenth birthday, only two years after its release by Eastman Kodak. Since...

The Home Movie Archive Live

Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Overture The live music, multimedia, spoken-word project, Memescapes (U.S.A. 2007), produced by Ann Michel and Phil Wilde in collaboration with the Human Studies Film Archives (HSFA) of the Smithsonian Institution, was a special commission...

Joseph Morder, the “Filmateur”: An Interview with Joseph Morder

Amateur Filmmaking : The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Dominique Bluher: I would like to devote this interview to the notion of the “amateur,” not only because it is particularly meaningful with respect to your work, but also because in French the word “amateur” does not only mean a hobbyist...