Mason’s New TV Studio
Arlington, Virginia has a new TV studio, and this one is at George Mason University’s Arlington campus.
Let’s say you’re a Mason professor being interviewed by a national news media outlet and you need a place to do it. Now you can hop off the Virginia Square Metro, do your interview, and jump back on the Orange Line. Maybe you need a place to record the Youtube piece you want to share with your students, and your office walls are just a little too thin. This is another reason to book Arlington campus’ studio.
The studio opened with the opening of the new Founder’s Hall building in 2011. While there are two cameras in the studio, crews can bring their own, along with any other equipment they want.
The studio isn’t just for the Mason community: it’s available for booking by anyone. To find out more or book the studio, contact Arlington Campus’ Director of Events Management, Patrick E. Ledesma at email@example.com. Patrick can also arrange events and book the two large rooms shown below, so he’s a great resource in general for your Arlington event planning.
The DVDs are moving
The DVDs in the Johnson Center Library are moving upstairs to the second floor. They will be stored in the compact shelving with the other media.
Loan periods and other policies have not changed.
Reserves remain at the Circulation desk.
Please contact us with any questions.
New World Cinema is now live!
New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present is a collection of online streaming films from Alexander Street Press. It includes approximately 200 full-length feature films from distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and the Global Films Initiative.
Alexander Street Press Interface Changes
Starting in May, Alexander Street Press (ASP) will be changing the interface for many of its collections.
ASP collections affected include:
Classical Music in Video
Classical Music Library
Contemporary World Music
Dance in Video
Jazz Music Library
Opera in Video
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Theatre in Video
VAST: Academic Video Online
Permalinks and embed codes are supposed to stay the same, so you should not need to re-do them.
To read more information about the upcoming changes, go to:
New Alexander Street Press Interface FAQ
Please contact the Media Services Librarian with any questions.
What I Discovered: Short Cinema Journal Series & the Short Cinema Series
My favorite DVD of shorter-than-feature length moving images is the Shots series. When I discovered the Short Cinema Journal and Short Cinema series on the other day, I was excited to learn that there may be another serial DVD series with Shots’ same high production values, creative themes, and commercially marketable influences or intent.
Short Cinema Journal has 11 total discs, released roughly from 1997-2001. Each issue has a theme: for example, Issue 1:2 Dreams includes both a documentary on the making of Jane Campion’s Portrait of A Lady (1996) and her film A Girl’s Own Story (1983). That’s pretty cool to me, first because in collecting two works made thirteen years apart, Dream shows how a filmmaker develops her medium at the same time that she continues a theme. It’s also cool because Portrait of A Lady (1996) was made right after her 1993 film The Piano for which she was awarded the second ever Best Director nomination for a woman.
Issue 1:2 Dreams also contains documentaries “on director George Hickenlooper, Orson Welles’ The Big Brass Ring (with Malcolm McDowell)” and “La Jetee (directed by Chris Marker; the inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys),” according to the Wikipedia page for the Short Cinema Journal.
I only have a few links to share with information about the series. Feedback from others who have discovered more on this topic is invited.
Other Sources of Information
Short Cinema Journal (Wikipedia)
The Wikipedia page for Short Cinema Journal and Short International Release includes a table which lists all of the issues in the two series.
Short 1:5 – Diversity (1999) (Amazon)
The Amazon.com link for Short 1:5 contains a description and reviews focusing on Vin Diesel’s film Multi-Facial.
Multi-Facial (Diesel, 1995) (Wikipedia)
According to Wikipedia, Vin Diesel based his film on his experience as an actor of mixed ethnicity.
Note: The Cannes’ Festival Archive page does not list Multi-Facial, though Variety articles do mention it playing there.
Media Librarians Gathering, 12.14.2012
Media librarians in the DC/VA/MD region recently gathered to ask and answer shared questions in their field.
Here are some of the questions asked:
1. Do you stream? What do you stream? Do you integrate with course management systems?
2. Do you preserve your VHS tapes? If so, how do you catalog these? [A discussion with the project VIDEO AT RISK: Strategies for Preserving Commercial Video Collections in Research Libraries helped facilitate this]
3. Do you use a subscription leasing service like Swank?
4. Is your collection open or closed shelving? Is it part of the general circulation collection?
Librarians participating were:
1. Chris Lewis, Media Librarian, American University
2. Carleton Jackson, Head, Nonprint Media Services Library, University of Maryland
3. Beth Campolieto Marhanka, Head, Gelardin New Media Center, Georgetown University
4. Matt Ball, Media and Collections Librarian, University of Virginia
5. Laura Jenemann, Film Studies/Media Services Librarian, George Mason University
6. Mary Hanlin, Media Collection Development Librarian, Tidewater Community College
7. Nell Chenault, Research Librarian for Film and Music, Virginia Commonwealth University