Author Archives: Jacob Dodd

About Jacob Dodd

Jacob A. Dodd is an independent filmmaker and educator who creates short films in 35mm, 16mm, and Super 8mm motion picture formats. He specializes in personal memoir documentary and fiction filmmaking and combines traditional production techniques with experimental practices. Dodd has an MFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts from Ithaca College. Dodd's fascination lies in the linkage of time periods to examine private histories. He uses traditional film techniques to bring forth a feeling of nostalgia, a transcendence of time, and a sense of the familiar. Dodd is an Assistant Professor of Cinema and Screen Studies at Oswego State University of New York. Dodd's films have been screened nationally and internationally, and have garnered several awards. Some notable film festivals include the Sharjah International Children's Film Festival in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Lahore International Children's Film Festival in Lahore, Pakistan, the Children's Film Festival of Bangladesh, Portobello Film Festival in London, UK, Virginia Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Rosebud Film & Video Festival, James River Film Festival, Johnstown Film Festival, Jacksonville Film Festival, and the DC Independent Film Festival.

Joining Celluloid: The Art of Film Editing

FILM IS THRIVING….BUT WHAT ABOUT FILM SPLICING With the recent critical releases of La La Land, Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences, and Hidden Figures, audiences are witnessing the beauty of film at the cinema.  Add in Kodak’s new Super 8 Camera (image below) and the return … Continue reading

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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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