From now through April, the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival will present “Film Studies in Motion”, a Web Series curated by Volker Pantenburg and Kevin B. Lee. This series, available on the festival’s website and Facebook page, presents weekly selections of analytical video essays on the web, in preparation for Pantenberg and Lee’s presentation “Whatever happened to Bildungsauftrag? – Teaching cinema on TV and the Web”, scheduled for April 28 at the festival.
Week Five: Auteur Studies
As auteur theory remains a central component of film studies, the medium of online video generates new perspectives and approaches to understanding the director’s vision and process. One remarkable aspect that can be found in this selection of videos is the extent to which the format allows the video creators to personalize their appreciation of a director’s work. These videos convey the creator’s individualized perspective through their narration or editing techniques, as well as the act of appearing on screen, even as they consciously incorporate or mimic the style of the director. This interplay between the creator and their subject gives video auteur studies a unique quality of its own.