Staff Profile:Professor John Gibbs

Name:
Professor John Gibbs
Job Title:
Head of School
Responsibilities:

Head of the School of Arts and Communication Design

Professor of Film 

Chair of Standing Committee for Senate on the Arts

Co-Investigator on AHRC/FAPESP-funded project IntermIdia: Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema

Areas of Interest:

My research is concerned with Film Aesthetics and especially with extending the methods and subjects of style-based criticism. Recent work has included bringing together traditions of close analysis with on-set observation and production history in the exploration of a contemporary feature film, writing a history of mise-en-scène criticism, and exploring the possibilities of audiovisual essays for style-based criticism.

I am one of the Co-Investigators on 'Intermldia: Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema, with a particular role in exploring relationships between Brazilian and Hollywood films.

Postgraduate Supervision:

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students interested in working on a wide range of narrative film, on critical historiography, on film aesthetics and on research in film and television by practice as research. Current and recent projects supervised include studies of performance in the post-studio horror film, the films of Otto Preminger, production design in the new cinema of Pernambuco, and practice as research explorations of the long take, of ethics and rhetoric in docudrama, and of different modes of film production.

 

The Phantom Carriage: A Revaluation, Part 1 from John Gibbs on Vimeo.

The Phantom Carriage: A Revaluation, Part 2 from John Gibbs on Vimeo.

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Teaching:

  • Introduction to film and theatre
  • Critical practice in film & theatre  
  • Practical option: film and television
  • Critical Issues in Film Style
  • Hollywood and Beyond 
  • Storytelling in Film
  • Dissertation supervisor/Film project supervision (BA and MA)

Affiliations:

  • Series Editor (with Douglas Pye) of Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Member of Editorial Board of Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism.
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA
  • Member of the Executive Committee of CFAC - Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures
John Gibbs profile pic

Contact Details

Email:
john.gibbs@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 4081

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