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Tanine Allison

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Tanine Allison is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Emory University and author of Destructive Sublime: World War II in American Film and Media (Rutgers, 2018). She has published on performance capture, video games, digital animation and visual effects, the war genre, and issues of digital realism. She is currently writing a book on how motion capture and other visual effects express concerns about humanity and identity, especially as regards race, gender, disability, and sexuality.

Areas of Focus

motion capture, facial animation, digital de-aging, digital modes of performance, industrial and cultural discourse, how visual effects intersect with aspects of identity (gender, race, etc.)

Relevant Research

Race and the Digital Face: Facial (mis)recognition in Gemini Man

Digital Film Restoration and the Politics of Whiteness in Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old 

More than a Man in a Monkey Suit: Andy Serkis, Motion Capture, and Digital Realism

Blackface, Happy Feet: The Politics of Race in Motion Capture and Animation

Virtue Through Suffering: The American War Film at the End of Celluloid

Visual Effects: The Modern Entertainment Marketplace (2000-Present)

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