UCLA's Mediascape - On Technology and Media

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Theatre, Film, and Television

The last decade has witnessed a transformation in electronic visual media. Film, television, video games and user- generated- content (UGC) are increasingly commingling. This has facilitated significant changes in the traditional models of production and consumption, leading to new practices and relationships as divergent production communities operate together.

The META section of Mediascape is looking for essays and/or video essay submissions related to Film Technology. This may relate to topics of production or exhibition, with a focus upon how advances in technology have altered longstanding practices and philosophies related to media creation as well as introducing new capabilities. This might also include the effect that the introduction of new technologies has had on narrative and form. Cinema, Television, Video Games and other forms of digital media.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

-The current age of the professionally produced fan film as well as its increasing convergence (and potential conflict) with commercial media.

-The increasing use of computer generated imagery in creating increasingly detailed and temporally transcendent works. An example of this would be the digital inclusion of Peter Cushing and a young Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Rogue One (2016).

-There is an ever-increasing requirement for production personnel at all levels to document their professional creative work on social media. How has this new reality based upon the need for self- promotion through the conjunction of frequently marginal employment changed production practices from the standpoint of the practitioner?

-The strategies of streaming video services, such as algorithms and real time customer data for choosing projects for internal production as they seek to cultivate their own IP.  

-How the prevalence of increasingly high quality cameras in smartphones together with networked social media platforms has changed the documentary form towards a more egalitarian structure.

The META section encourages the use of video essay or other digital media, but this is not a requirement. Submissions should be in the range of 1,000 to 3,000 words.

If you have questions about META submissions, or wish to submit a paper or project for consideration, please contact Josias Troyer at Mediascape.Meta@gmail.com with the subject header “Mediascape” META" by June 30, 2017.