Workshop | Patrick Keating

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:30pm - Friday, September 21, 2018 - 5:30pm


Patrick Keating

Close Analysis through Audiovisual Criticism: A Workshop

Open to graduate students. Preference will be given to Cinema & Media Studies Graduate Certificate candidates. RSVP to Nicola M. Gentili.

This two-day workshop introduces the theory and practice of audiovisual criticism. Also known as the “video essay,” audiovisual criticism is an emerging form of film scholarship, using digital editing tools to make creative arguments about film and television. Emphasizing the format’s potential as a tool for close analysis, I will show and discuss my own essays, as well as some essays made by my undergraduate students. Then I will lead a hands-on workshop, covering basic skills in editing with Adobe Premiere. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have one day to create a short video essay using scenes from Notorious and Vertigo. (Digital files of the films will be provided.) The following day, all participants will show their videos and discuss the challenges that they encountered, and I will cover some more advanced editing skills. By the end of this two-day workshop, participants should be ready to produce their own works of audiovisual criticism.

Patrick Keating is an Associate Professor of Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he teaches courses in film studies and video production. He is the author of Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir (Columbia University Press, 2010), which won the Best First Book Award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, and the editor of Cinematography (Rutgers University Press, 2014). His forthcoming book, The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood, received support from the Academy Film Scholars Program and the American Council of Learned Societies, which sponsored a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.

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