On March 17th, 2015, U.S. filmmaker and critic Kevin B. Lee gave a Masterclass on his work at the School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex, UK. This podcast offers the audio recording of the whole of his talk (video versions of sections of it are available here: http://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/conversations/; and here http://filmstudiesforfree.blogspot.com)
Lee is a renowned pioneer of the online video essay form (creative, critical digital remixes of footage from the audiovisual works they treat), with well over 200 such works to his name. 
Recently, he and others at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have developed a form of filmmaking they call Desktop Documentary, which uses screen capture technology to treat the computer screen as both a camera lens and a canvas. Desktop documentary seeks both to depict and question the ways we explore the world through the computer screen. 
The Masterclass straddled a screening of TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE (2014), Lee’s innovative essay film in this idiom. The ‘Premake’ produced and studied viral fan footage of the making of Michael Bay’s blockbuster TRANSFORMERS 4: THE AGE OF EXTINCTION and examined the ways in which this operated as a public publicity vehicle for the film.
TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE is online here: http://www.alsolikelife.com/premake/.
In this talk Kevin discusses (and plays an excerpt from) the following video: "What Makes a Video Essay Great?" which can be accessed online here: https://vimeo.com/115206023.
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Welcome to the podcast channel for the Film Studies For Free website. Founded in August 2008, FSFF is a pluralist, pro bono, and purely positive web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on, online, Open Access, film and moving image studies resources of note. FSFF is lovingly tended (in a personal capacity) by Catherine Grant, of Film Studies at the University of Sussex.