Colloquium presents insights on filmmaking

The College continues to share its academic resources with the community through its School of Arts and Letters faculty colloquium series, starting Sept. 18.

Free and open to the public, the hour-long presentations are held at 3:40 p.m. on the third Friday of each month in Tower Hall 4119. Nathan Carroll, associate professor of Film Studies in the College's Department of Communication, Theatre & Art, starts off the series with a look at filmmaking.

Titled "A Short History of the Long Take: Digital Cinema & the ‘Infinite Cut,'" Carroll's presentation investigates how digitalization creates new possibilities as well as limits in film. Using illustrative clips, he will trace the historical significance of "the long take" in cinema as a marker of cinematic craftsmanship.

Carroll will examine a subset of single-take narrative digital features. This sub-genre includes titles like "Timecode" and "Russian Ark" and edited films like "Birdman." Aesthetically, these are designed to provide the viewer with a fully immersive theatrical experience and create the illusion of movies without walls. Film clips will include some material that may not be appropriate for all viewers.

Now in its ninth year, the colloquium series provides visibility to diverse research projects by faculty members in St. Scholastica's School of Arts and Letters. Refreshments will be provided.