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Videographic Epigraph for Adaptation

by Videographic Criticism

For this ‘videographic epigraph’ assignment, we asked participants first to select a favorite quotation from some critical text that could serve as an epigraph—possibly related to the media object they were working on, but not necessarily. The quotation could not be more than ten sentences long. Next, the participants were to select a continuous scene or sequence from their film object and alter it in some way—through slow motion, image manipulation, or some other visual or temporal effect. The source soundtrack was to be replaced or significantly altered via effects. The selected critical quotation was then to appear as text on screen in some dynamic interaction with the images in the scene.

Jason Mittell's epigraph, quoted from Michel Foucault’s seminal essay ‘What Is an Author?’, in conjunction with the film Adaptation (Spike Jonze, U.S.A., 2002), explored how the film’s representation of writer’s block can be reread as a manifestation of the very dissolution of the author as a figure. In this version, the character of Charlie Kaufman fails to write, while his typewriter produces Foucault’s words that both mock his lack of authorial identity and seem to validate his failure as the byproduct of changing notions of authorship itself.

Adaptation Videographic Epigraph

A Videographic Epigraph for Adaptation

from Adaptation (2015)
Creator: Jason Mittell
Posted by Videographic Criticism