IAP 2001 Activities by Sponsor

Comparative Media Studies

Adapting Linear Storytelling in an Interactive Age
Henry Jenkins , Sande Scoredos, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Thomas Hersehy, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Mon Jan 22 thru Fri Jan 26, 09am-05:00pm, 2-105

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 10-Jan-2001
Limited to 40 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: None

Join us for a week of lectures and workshops where student teams will consider and develop story concepts for emerging media, including motion picture visual effects and computer games. Sponsored by the Program in Comparative Media Studies (CMS) and Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI), this is a non-technical activity that will focus on the theoretical, historical, cultural, social, and aesthetic elements of narrative structures. Morning sessions will include lectures about linear and non-linear storytelling across media, as well as presentations on game theory, and interactive techniques to increase the depth of interactive console games and enhance storytelling. Screenings from Sony's motion picture libraries will be included. Afternoons will be coordinated in workshop format where participants will work in teams to design an interactive story scenario to be presented during a final session on Friday afternoon. Participants will interact with faculty and graduate students from Comparative Media Studies, as well as with professionals from Sony Pictures Imageworks and game developers. Internship opportunities with participant companies will be also be discussed.
Contact: Alex Chisholm, 14N-430, x3-6447,

Beefcake: Physique Photography and Representations of Gay Desire in the 1950s
Chris Pomiecko
Thu Feb 1, 07-10:00pm, 2-105

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up

This talk will examine the history of male physique photography and films which climaxed as an expression of hidden gay male desire in the 1950s and 1960s, when it was supplanted by explicit erotic images. We will trace the aesthetic and cultural impact of The Athletic Models Guild, one of the most accomplished physique photography studios. If available, the film Beefcake (1999) will be shown.
Contact: Chris Pomiecko, 14N-430, x3-3599,

Revolutionary Girl Utena Anime Series
Philip Tan , Ray Vichot
Mon-Fri, Jan 8-12, 15-17, 05-07:00pm, 2-105

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session

We will present the entire 39-episode Japanese anime series which won both the Kobe and Best TV Animation awards at Animation Kobe '97. From Be-PaPas, Saito Chiho and Ikuhara Kunihiko (Sailormoon) comes a magnificently stylized blend of shadow play, dark humor, Greek choruses, sword duels, Japanese pop music, brilliant landscapes and unforgettable characters. Japanese dialogue with English subtitles.
Contact: Philip Tan, East Campus Box 306, x5-6328,

The Cinematic Philosophy of Alfred Hitchcock, with Illustrations
Irving Singer
Fri Feb 2, 02-04:00pm, 2-147

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event
Contact: Irving Singer, E39-351, 253-2649,

The Tenth Annual Salute to Dr. Seuss
Henry Jenkins
Tue Jan 30, 07-10:00pm, 6-120

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up

Gather around, boys and girls of all ages, for a celebration of the sublime and wacky world of Doctor Seuss. You will hear Prof. Henry Jenkins read from his works and talk about Seuss's relationship to Modern Art and popular culture. We will also screen his remarkable live action feature film, "5000 Fingers of Dr. T." An MIT Tradition marches forward.
Contact: Henry Jenkins, 14N-437, x3-3068,

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