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Protocols of Portability


Protocols of Portability

Wasson, Haidee (2013) Protocols of Portability. Film History, 25 (1-2). pp. 236-347.

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Arguing that technologies of cinema have long been iterative rather than singular, this essay positions portability at the center, rather than the margins, of our working definitions of cinema. By using the American military’s development of the JAN (a portable 16mm projector) during World War II as a case study, this essay shows that ideals of adaptability, ease of operation, and efficiency shaped widespread, postwar technological developments. The implications of this for new directions in film historiography are discussed.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Item Type:Article
Authors:Wasson, Haidee
Journal or Publication:Film History
Keywords:historiography, film projectors, 16mm, portability, American military, World War II, film technology, JAN (Joint Army Navy), design protocols
ID Code:977435
Deposited On:12 Jul 2013 13:19
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:44
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