Special Issue: Journal of Popular Film & Television CFP

October 16, 2012
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“New Directions in Screen Technologies”

Call for Submissions for a Theme Issue of Journal of Popular Film and Television

During the last decade there has been a revolution in the way viewers receive media. Digital technologies have transformed virtually every arena of image reception, whether it’s large screen movie theaters or new types of home screens, such as the iPad or smartphone. The 35 mm motion picture theater experience is virtually extinct, replaced by an auditorium capable of projecting everything from live events to digital restorations of 70 mm prints. The concept of the living-room TV set is being radically recast as either a massive home theater or a fragmented multi-screen viewing environment.

Whether it’s the ability of “movie” theaters to now transmit high-definition cultural events from all over the world or the ability of viewers to view media content anyplace and anytime, the advent of new screen technologies has helped to reshape the traditional nature of both the film and television image and how and where it is received.

This special issue of JPF&T is designed to focus on the implications of this transformation, exploring such areas as:

  • How has the new all-digital theater changed the concept of “going to the movies” for filmmakers, film exhibitors, and filmgoers?
  • In what ways has digital projection altered what we see and how we see it on the big screen?
  • What are the major aesthetic and economic challenges of 3-D film and television?
  • What impact has the transition to multi-platform viewing made on TV programming and viewer reception?
  • How has HDTV transformed the meaning and the impact of the television image?
  • What is the relationship of these digital transformations to previous technological changes in film and television?
  • Do digital technologies ultimately erase the boundaries between the film and television industries as well as the film and television viewing experiences?

This issue encourages a variety of academic, historical, critical, analytical, and theoretical approaches, as well as submissions from authors in the popular press. Submissions should be limited to twenty-five pages, double-spaced, and conform to MLA style. Please include a fifty-word abstract and five to seven key words to facilitate online searches. Send an electronic copy no later than 1 December, 2013 to Brian Rose, Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University. E-mail: bgrose@gmail.com


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