Lisa Bode is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at The University of Queensland. The author of Making Believe: Screen Performance and Special Effects in Popular Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2017), she has also published on the cultural reception of YouTube deepfakes, synthespians, the digital re-animation of deceased screen actors, prosthetic makeup effects, and performance capture. She is a member of the Digital Media and Culture research network at UQ. She is on the editorial board of Bloomsbury's Animation: Key films/filmmakers book series, and the editorial board of Animation Studies, the peer-reviewed, open access journal for the Society for Animation Studies. In 2021 she co-edited a special issue of Convergence: The International Journal of Research Into New Media Technologies. Lisa is currently writing a book, Deepfakes and Digital Bodies for Rutgers University Press, tracing the cultural and aesthetic history of the digital human from 1970s cinema to deepfakes on media platforms. She is also working on a project with Lisa Purse, researching a history of cinematic digital visual effects.
Areas of Focus
deepfakes, synthetic human images, YouTube and platform VFX, performance capture, film history, prosthetic makeup effects, creature fx, digital face replacement, synthespians, industrial and cultural discourse, histories, cultural reception, realisms