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.
The first part of Benjamin Sampson's video essay which he edited in 2009 while studying cinema and media studies at UCLA. Read his introduction and watch part two.
Volker Pantenburg is assistant professor for moving images at the media faculty of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.