September 26, 2012 - 11:58pm
BY KATIE SZYMANKSI
Which course are you teaching this semester and what does it cover?
This term I’m teaching The History of the Animated Film. It begins with the early pioneers of the form, such as Winsor McCay, movies through the classical period — Disney, Warner Brothers — and ends with an overview of Pixar Productions and digital animation.
What is your favorite thing about teaching at the University?
The thing that I love most about teaching at Michigan is my interaction with students. They enhance my own understanding of media cultures through their consistently sharp and thoughtful engagement with course material.
What is your favorite movie genre and film?
My favorite film genre is horror. I teach a class called The Horror Film After Psycho which I absolutely love. My favorite film is Bride of Frankenstein.
What’s something unique about yourself that no one knows?
I'm not sure it's that interesting, but when I was a kid I used to show Super 8mm cartoons and "Three Stooges" shorts at neighborhood birthday parties. I charged 5 bucks even though projector bulbs cost $20.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I'm working on a screenplay in my spare time about a young guy whose first date is placed in dramatic counterpoint to the Manson Famil''s first rampage in August 1969. It's a coming of age story with a downbeat vibe.