Author Archives: Jacob Dodd

About Jacob Dodd

Jacob A. Dodd is an award-winning independent filmmaker who creates short films in 35mm and 16mm. In 2009, Dodd completed Darkness There, a visual poem that explores Edgar Allan Poe's dark romanticism through the blending of Poe's life and stories with authentic historical artifacts. Dodd's fascination lies in the linkage of time periods to examine both private and public oral histories. He uses traditional film techniques to bring forth a feeling of nostalgia, a transcendence of time, and a sense of the familiar. Dodd's work has been recognized by the Athens International Film Video Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Rosebud Film & Video Festival, the James River Film Festival, and the DC Independent Film Festival. Dodd received his M.F.A. in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. He is an Assistant Professor of Cinema Production at SUNY Oswego in Oswego, NY.

The True Cost of Filmmaking in the 21st Century

Myth As a college professor teaching filmmaking students in the “digital age,” I often encounter many misconceptions as to the true cost of shooting and finishing a film on celluloid.  Students mistakenly believe that if it was not for the … Continue reading

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The Art of Practical Effects

As noted by my other entries, I am biased towards natural cinematography shot on motion picture film.  If it’s shot through a lens onto celluloid, count me in!  Recently, I have been thinking about a list of films with flawless … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: James River Film Festival 2011

I am always surprised at the films the festival brings to our wonderful city.  Each year I am amazed and this time is no exception.  Last night I watched an incredible 35mm restored print of Taxi Driver and was blown … Continue reading

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David Williams’ “Thirteen” and “Dreams in the Night”

This past Friday evening, I had the privilege to see two works by Richmond Filmmaker and VCU Photography and Film alum, David Williams.  This was an experience that I had waited six years for!  I have known David since enrolling in VCUarts … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Natural Color Cinematography

Computer generated imagery unfortunately continues to gain more prominence in mainstream films.  From the latest animated “cash ins” to big epics like Avatar and 300, it seems that the art and brilliance of photographic cinematography is being pushed away.  When … Continue reading

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Warm and Smooth: The Sound of Analog Audio Recordings

Analog When most people think of analog audio they might think of the compact cassette tape.  A modest technology that pushed the realm of portable sound and forever changed the landscape of human interaction with recorded music.  The Sony Walkman … Continue reading

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The Revelation of Ultra 16mm

Introduction 16mm has gone through many wonderful changes over the years.  It was originally created in 1923 by Kodak as an amateur format, but today it holds its own as a professional gauge right along side 35mm and 65mm.  No longer restrained to industrial, … Continue reading

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The Honest Reality of 35mm

Introduction 35mm motion picture film has reliably been there to capture and preserve the art of moving images since the very beginning!  Without it we would not be able to witness the early experiments and milestones in cinema like Edwin … Continue reading

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