Sunday, November 20, 2016

Peer-Reviewed Publication Update

Derek Dubois' essay, "Imposition to Sight: Sign's Visual Technique" will be appearing in upcoming issue 2.1 of the peer-reviewed film journal Mise-en-Scene.

Article Abstract: M. Night Shyamalan’s film Signs regularly creates obstacles that impair – or deny – vision to both the film’s characters and to spectators. This motif functions as both a way of generating immense suspense as well as creating a more subjective spectatorial experience that conflates lack-of-sight with the inner turmoil of the film’s protagonist.

More information on Mise-en-Scene | The Journal of Film & Visual Narration as taken from their website: "Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration (MSJ) is the first of its kind: an international, peer-reviewed journal focused exclusively on the artistry of frame composition as a storytelling technique. With its open-access, open-review publishing model, MSJ strives to be a synergistic, community-building hub for discourse that begins at the level of the frame. Scholarly analysis of lighting, set design, costuming, camera angles, camera proximities, depth of field, and character placement are just some of the topics that the journal covers. While primarily concerned with discourse in and around the film frame, MSJ also includes narratological analysis at the scene and sequence level of related media (television and online) within its scope."

Please visit the journal's website HERE

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


On Monday, November 7th, Derek Dubois taped an interview with RIIFF's George Marshall to be aired on an upcoming episode of RI PBS's DoubleFeature.  For more about the program, please click HERE.

This post will be updated with the date and time of airing once the episode has been scheduled.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Feature Length Script takes First Place Award

Derek Dubois' feature-length screenplay Miss Diagnosis was just awarded a FIRST PLACE prize at the 2016 Rhode Island International Film Festival in the festival's VORTEX HORROR/SCI-FI category.

More information on the festival's award winners here:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sinners on Saturday Night Shorts

The fabulous podcast, Saturday Night Shorts, focuses on Sinners as its most recent film of the week. SNS is a podcast devoted to the craft of short filmmaking; led by two very engaged commentators who spend significant time carefully reviewing and dissecting short films.

Their comments on Sinners are appropriate and inspiring.  Both hosts lauded the film's sound-design and compositional choices.  They also highlight key areas of opportunity in relation to unnecessary insert shots and some disagreements with character motivation.  All in all, the conversation is stimulating and insightful.

In fact, the podcast led Derek to revisit the film for the first time in two years.  Looking at what had been the final edit with fresh eyes, a new director's cut has emerged which shaves a full minute off of running time!

See the updated Sinners below.  Check out the Podcast HERE.