Digital Cinema and New Media
Computer graphics, the Internet, mobile media players, and social networking (e.g. blogs or YouTube) have transformed the way movies are made and consumed. New genres and styles have been born. Movies—if that term is still applicable—are consumed in new and more varied ways than ever before. Production and consumption have even begun to blur as the tools for making, remixing, and distributing media are democratized. This course will attempt to take account of these changes, looking at a wide range of media from computer animation to videogames to the varieties of made-for-internet media. We will also look at the changing landscape of film distribution and exhibition from iTunes and the iPod to YouTube to cell phones. Readings will be drawn from an interdisciplinary range of approaches to understanding new media.