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Bob Rehak

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Bob Rehak is an Assistant Professor in Film and Media at Swarthmore College. His scholarship has appeared in Cinema Journal, Film Criticism, the Journal of Fandom Studies, Science Fiction Film and Television, and Information, Communication and Society, as well as in the edited collections The Video Game Theory Reader, Videogame/Player/Text, The Cybercultures Reader, Spreadable Media, and the Screen Decades and Behind the Silver Screen series. His monograph More Than Meets the Eye: Special Effects and the Fantastic Transmedia Franchise was published by New York University Press in 2018, and he is currently writing Video Games Go to the Movies for Routledge. He is co-editor, with Dan North and Michael S. Duffy, of the anthology Special Effects: New Histories/Theories/Contexts (BFI/Palgrave, 2015)

Areas of Focus

special effects history and theory, miniatures, practical/digital effects, vfx in science fiction, video games, animation

Relevant publications

More Than Meets the Eye: Special Effects and The Fantastic Transmedia Franchise

Special Effects: New Histories, Theories, Contexts

Ubiquitous Animation (1990-2016)

Shooting Stars: Chesley Bonestell and the Special Effects of Outer Space

2003: Movies, ‘Shock and Awe,’ and the Troubled Blockbuster

Adapting Watchmen After 9/11

The Migration of Forms: Bullet Time as Microgenre

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