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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

Book chapter

...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

Book chapter

...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

Book chapter

...“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

Book chapter

...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...

Home Movies and Amateur Film as National Cinema

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...There is little doubt that the mid-1990s was a watershed moment for archivists and scholars in the discovery and appreciation of amateur films and home movies. In her 1994 study of film archives, Penelope Houston noted how “many...

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...

Home Movies in the Age of Web 2.0: The Case of “Star Wars Kid”

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Introduction: The age of Web 2.0 “Web 2.0” was initially coined by electronic information consultant Darcy DiNucci in 1999, and was described as something that “will be understood not as screenfuls of text and graphics, but as a transport...

Towards Mobile Filmmaking 2.0: Amateur Filmmaking as an Alternative Cultural Practice

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Over the last decade, mobile documentary filmmaking has evolved from an underground and art-house practice into an egalitarian moving-image one. In an international context, mobile films and mobile documentaries or “mobile-mentaries...

Becoming YouTube’s Grandad: Media, Age, and Generation in a Virtual Community

Susan Aasman

Susan Aasman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. As a media historian and active researcher, she has written extensively about the history of amateur media and the history of documentary filmmaking. Since 2012, she has served as the chief editor for the Dutch Journal for Media History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Materializing Memories : Dispositifs, Generations, Amateurs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...This contribution explores the iconic video collection of the YouTube vlogger Peter Oakley, better known as “Geriatric1927.” During a period of eight years, Oakley, born in 1927, posted more than 400 vlogs. Over the years he would receive...

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...