Studying film and TV actors (and their intermediaries). A cultural and industrial approach

International workshop ONLINE
Organized by F✭ACTOR
In collaboration with CUC • Consulta Universitaria del Cinema
Sponsored by NECS • European Network Cinema Media Studies
Live streaming Zoom + Facebook
18 June 2020  5.30-7pm


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In recent years, film and television performers strengthened their role as crucial subjects inside an increasingly convergent and multi-layered media environment. They embody many functions, on both a creative and an industrial level, because of their roles and skills, their professional relationships, and their connections with audiences. By merging a critical with a professional approach, surveys increasingly scrutinize them as cultural industries agents, thus highlighting their role as a pivotal component of a wider network of media professions, logics, hierarchies and goals. The international workshop – sponsored by the NECS Media Industries workgroup and organized in collaboration with the Consulta Universitaria del Cinema – will present some preliminary steps of a national research project titled F✭ACTOR. Forms of Contemporary Media Professional Acting. Training, Recruitment and Management, Social Discourses in Italy (2000-2020), recently funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research. The project aims at analyzing a specific space, Italy, and a contemporary period, the last two decades, in order to map and trace major shifts in acting for film and television. The principal investigator and the unit leaders will discuss the main theoretical and methodological concerns of the research project together with some valued international scholars in the field and with all the workshop participants. How is the performers’ life cycle (from training to casting, from management to social discourses) quickly changing within the contemporary media environment? How can the different perspectives of performance studies, stardom and celebrity studies and media production studies help to make sense of these changes, and how can they be integrated into a systemic view? What are the assets and the pitfalls of different methods and toolkits (empirical data, ethnographical in-depth interviews, primary and secondary sources)? The focus of the discussion will mainly take into account three different levels of contemporary professional acting: training and education; talent management and professional development; PR, promotion and social discourses.

The workshop will be broadcast live on Consulta Universitaria del Cinema’s Facebook page.

Negli ultimi anni, gli attori cinematografici e televisivi hanno rafforzato il loro ruolo di soggetti cruciali in un ambiente mediale sempre più convergente e stratificato. Incarnano molte funzioni, a livello creativo sia industriale, e sono la componente chiave di un’ampia rete di professioni, logiche, gerarchie e obiettivi. Il workshop presenterà alcune riflessioni preliminari del progetto PRIN “F✭ACTOR”. Il principal investigator e i responsabili di unità discuteranno i principali aspetti teorici e metodologici della ricerca insieme ad alcuni stimati studiosi internazionali. In che modo il ciclo di vita degli attori (dalla formazione al casting, dal management ai discorsi sociali) sta rapidamente cambiando nello scenario mediale contemporaneo? In che modo le differenti prospettive dei performing studies, dei celebrity studies e dei production studies possono aiutare a dare un senso ai cambiamenti e possono integrarsi in una visione sistemica? Quali sono le risorse e le insidie ​​dei vari metodi? Il focus sarà principalmente su tre livelli: la formazione; la gestione e lo sviluppo professionale degli attori; i discorsi promozionali e sociali.

Il workshop verrà trasmesso in diretta streaming dalla Consulta Universitaria del Cinema su Zoom (per i soci e le socie CUC) e su Facebook.



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