Bon voyage to Todd Chappell

We wanted to take a break from our normal programming to wish a fond farewell to our colleague Todd Chappell. Todd has been with the AU Library and Media Services since 2010, and his tenure as New Media Center Coordinator led to a customer service boom. Todd is departing the AU Library to further his … Continue reading “Bon voyage to Todd Chappell”

We wanted to take a break from our normal programming to wish a fond farewell to our colleague Todd Chappell. Todd has been with the AU Library and Media Services since 2010, and his tenure as New Media Center Coordinator led to a customer service boom. Todd is departing the AU Library to further his career in web development, and we wish the best of luck on his new adventures.

In deference to Todd’s sensibilities, we present a 23-minute montage of 80s cartoon intros. Godspeed, Mr. Chappell!

Same as it ever was? Neurological study explains why we miss film goofs

Spotting continuity errors can be both one of the most fun and one of the most annoying parts of the film-watching experience. Sometimes, odd mistakes and slip-ups are amusing and add an extra wrinkle to the appreciation of the film’s craftsmanship (Black Dynamite, HU DVD 8479, is based almost entirely around these sort of mistakes). … Continue reading “Same as it ever was? Neurological study explains why we miss film goofs”

Spotting continuity errors can be both one of the most fun and one of the most annoying parts of the film-watching experience. Sometimes, odd mistakes and slip-ups are amusing and add an extra wrinkle to the appreciation of the film’s craftsmanship (Black Dynamite, HU DVD 8479, is based almost entirely around these sort of mistakes). But finding too many noticeable errors can potentially ruin an otherwise great movie. It’s understandable if some people don’t want to know what their favorite films got wrong.

As it turns out, our brain doesn’t want us to find that out either. Last week, UC Berkeley released a fascinating study on our perception of visual change and continuity fields. Essentially, human brains are wired to smooth over discontinuous images and stimuli, allowing us to perceive that objects are changing. If a person smiles, for instance, you understand that their face has simply moved and was not instantly replaced.

This has an unusual side effect when we watch movies. Our brain automatically smooths over small changes between takes and scenes, so long as the image appears largely similar, we won’t call foul. We’ve let our brains tune us out of seemingly huge goofs, like Julia Roberts eating a pancake in Pretty Woman (above). Way to let us down, lizard brain!

Learn about the AU’s Cinema Studies program TODAY!

AU’s Cinema Studies program is the source of the university’s most exciting film happenings. If you’re unfamiliar with their work, each year, the Cinema Studies program organizes a public film festival that’s held here in the AU Library. This year, their morbid food-themed series has gone swimmingly, with movies like Troll 2 and Chicken Run … Continue reading “Learn about the AU’s Cinema Studies program TODAY!”

AU’s Cinema Studies program is the source of the university’s most exciting film happenings. If you’re unfamiliar with their work, each year, the Cinema Studies program organizes a public film festival that’s held here in the AU Library. This year, their morbid food-themed series has gone swimmingly, with movies like Troll 2 and Chicken Run gathering big crowds. This is on top of providing a close-knit community of film students and scholars.

If you have been interested in pursuing degrees in literature or film, you may want to stop by the Cinema Studies information session today at 5pm! Swing by the Battelle-Tomkins Atrium at 5pm to learn about what this program offers and have a few cookies.