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Sun, Oct. 23rd, 2011, 05:42 pm
Octopus Journal Blog Post

Just wanted to let people know that I was live-tweeting and blogging about the "Culture, Space, Violence: the Neoliberal Imaginary" conference over at the Octopus Journal page.  Happy reading!

Sun, Aug. 14th, 2011, 11:14 pm
Back from VividCon!

I'm pretty tired, so this is going to be brief, but an update had to happen: the interviews are concluded!  VividCon was really fascinating, and I was lucky enough to have many people want to share their time and thoughts with me.  Between that and Anime Expo, I think I've got enough to work from to make a good online questionnaire, certainly, and I'm excited at the threads I see emerging already.


Fri, Jun. 24th, 2011, 11:50 pm
Call for Interview Volunteers!

Having just received my official IRB approval from the University of California at Irvine, I'm excited to launch a research project on fan video-making!  If you’ve ever made a vid or an amv, I’d love to talk with you—I’m hoping to get lots of different viewpoints from people with all levels of experience, so please don’t feel like this is an “experts only” call.

I’m starting off with in-person interviews at Anime Expo and VividCon.

I’m calling for participants now to pre-schedule interview times so that you (and I!) can go to all of the events and panels that we want to attend at the cons. There will be an online survey as a second phase of the study, but I’m hoping to receive some input through the interviews about what questions about video-making are interesting to fans and what could be put better or doesn’t really make sense.

How to Volunteer

If you’re attending VividCon or Anime Expo and would like to volunteer for an interview, please email me at sclose at uci dot edu or message me on livejournal here. Use the email you’d like me to contact you at for the purposes of setting up an interview time. The interviews will take half an hour.  The interviews will take place in a private space away from the main con areas. I’m hoping to arrange all interviews in advance, but if you’re attending the con and the spirit to participate strikes you, I’ll definitely try to find a time for anyone who approaches me and wants to volunteer.


In this study, I’m really interested in the craft of video-making as a kind of sampling. The interview questions will be about that process, such as “how do you come up with an idea?” or “do you usually make videos from shows and movies you enjoy watching?” I will also ask a few questions about your sense of the make-up of the fan video-making community. This is not meant to be exclusive of what you can talk about (as your video-making might very well intersect with some of your other experiences as a fan or with source material, and I’m excited to hear about that) but to give you an idea of what to expect.

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Sun, Sep. 6th, 2009, 05:18 pm
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Sun, Sep. 6th, 2009, 04:25 pm
Animation II

In my own practice, I would both agree that control is an important facet of animation and disagree that we actually do have complete control over our animated creations. 

Sun, Sep. 6th, 2009, 03:58 pm
Animation I

Word etymology and animation might sound like two fields with very little to offer each other. 

Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009, 03:40 pm
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Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009, 03:27 pm
Modeling II

That may or may not be true, but I’d like to argue that the realities of the production process also exert a strong influence on the end product.

Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009, 02:55 pm
Modeling I

“The clothes make the man” is often considered a trite saying, but in modeling it’s also (usually) technically true. 

Fri, Jul. 10th, 2009, 01:33 am
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