Friday, June 8, 2018

Wax Museum with a Pulse: Aesthetics, Reflexivity and Intertextuality in Pulp Fiction

Derek Dubois's article for the peer-reviewed journal Film International entitled "Wax Museum with a Pulse: Aesthetics, Reflexivity, and Intertextuality" has just been published in the journal's latest issue (16.1).

The essay is a detailed analysis of aesthetics, reflexivity, and intertextuality within the Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife segment of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.  


The essay argues that Tarantino oscillates between modes of Classical Hollywood and Art Cinema film-making with the dual-purpose of creating a world populated with psychologically complex characters as well as crystallizing his auteurist style. 

Link to Film International journal HERE

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Supernatural Spectacle: Film Style Within the Prologue of Black Swan

Derek Dubois's article for the peer-reviewed journal Supernatural Studies entitled "A Supernatural Spectacle: Film Style Within the Prologue of Black Swan" has just been published in the journal's latest issue.

Article Abstract: Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky is well-known for a dynamic film style that showcases characters who self-destruct in visceral, kinetic ways. His Black Swan (2010) concerns a talented but infantilized ballet dancer whose quest for perfection in her renowned company's performance of Swan Lake leads her down a darkened path of self-mutilation. The film externalizes this threat through the introduction of supernatural elements—most specifically—through the emergence of the double. This essay argues that Aronofsky establishes his key themes and genre elements through the techniques of art cinema immediately within the film’s prologue.

You can read the article in full HERE

Link to Supernatural Studies journal HERE

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Breakneck Hill

Derek Dubois' latest short film Breakneck Hill has just been named an Official Selection of the 2017 Oasis Short Film Festival.

The film concerns David Allan Hugh is a lonely, middle-aged man on disability who loses his cat one day. The journey to find his lost pet takes an unexpected turn and changes the course of his life.

It is the shortest film Dubois has made to date, featuring a predominantly wordless performance from frequent collaborator Robert Casey, Jr and a great score from Flexotracks, LLC.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Imposition to Sight: Visual Technique in M. Night Shyamalan's Signs


Derek Dubois's article for the peer-review journal Mise-en-Scene: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration has just been published in the journal's second issue.

The article, Imposition to Sight: Visual Technique in M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, analyzes the first ten minutes of the film and connects form to function by demonstrating how Shyamalan's key techniques generate implicit meaning; especially through the motif of hindered sight.

You can read the article in full here:  https://journals.sfu.ca/msq/msq/index.php/msq/article/view/35/pdf