A Lecture by Benjamin Wright and Screening of THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

October 27, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque108 and ZdC invite you and a guest to a special lecture by Benjamin Wright about the social organization and stylistic practices of re-recording mixers working in the contemporary American film industry, followed by a screening of

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Directed by Paul Greengrass
Screenplay by Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns and George Nolfi

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About the Event

The talk will explore the social organization and stylistic practices of re-recording mixers working in the contemporary American film industry. A place of collaboration and conceptualization, Wright will explore how the dubbing stage is also a site of experimentation, improvisation, and -- more often than not -- routinized programming. In particular, the talk will address how mixers go about the job of organizing the sounds for large-scale action/adventure films using an array of technologies, techniques, and other professional strategies. Examples from The Bourne Ultimatum will demonstrate how certain mixing decisions helped to shape the tempo of the action and guide our experience of the film from moment to moment.

About Benjamin Wright

Benjamin Wright received his PhD in Film and Cultural Studies from Carleton University in 2011. His dissertation addressed changes in contemporary Hollywood sound practices by exploring how the art of sound production is tied to current institutional demands, commercial expectations, stylistic norms, and technological options. Specifically, it examined how sound editors, mixers, designers, Foley artists, and engineers in the “sound chain” go about the job of creating sound for film. His essays have appeared in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, Offscreen, and the Journal of Popular Culture. He also maintains a personal website (www.wrightonfilm.com) where he publishes short essays on issues of film and television history and style.

About The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Highly trained assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is on the hunt for the agents who stole his memory and true identity. With a new generation of skilled CIA operatives tracking his every move, Bourne is in a non-stop race around the globe as he finally learns the truth behind his mysterious past.

35mm print provided courtesy of Universal Pictures. Rated PG-13. Running time: 115 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


About ZdC

Critical Studies is the School of Cinematic Arts’ largest division, and ZdC is here to sponsor professional development and interaction. We hope to promote social interaction among Critical Studies graduate students, and make it a little easier to understand the current scholarship being conducted at the School of Cinematic Arts. Through our presence, we hope to facilitate communication amongst students by encouraging an active academic community, as well as provide an important link with the department. We currently host over 30 doctoral candidates in the division of Critical Studies, and along with the 35 students comprising our Master’s program, the scholars here represent an interest in a diverse range of topics.

Additionally, We host an annual graduate student conference and a colloquium series, which aim to bring together graduate students and faculty from around the country and the world to engage in discourse around issues relevant to the current state of cinema studies. For more information about us or our upcoming events, please see our website at http://zdcusc.wordpress.com/, or find us on Facebook.

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the pubic.

About Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu