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:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Derek Dubois - Feature Length Screenplay - Quarterfinalist

Derek Dubois's feature length screenplay, Miss Diagnosis, has just been announced as a Quarterfinalist for the 2017 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest.

More about the contest:

The 15th Annual 2017 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest continues a long tradition of discovering up-and-coming talent and connecting them with top producers, agencies, and managers across studio and independent markets. This process has proven enormously successful, with numerous screenwriting contest alumni finding elite representation and gaining crucial introductions to otherwise impossible-to-reach industry execs.

View the ScriptPipeline site:

Semi-finalists will be announced on June 26th.