B Film: Rough Cuts seminar - Animation

B Film: Rough Cuts seminar - Animation

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The second of our seminar series for the year, Dr Catherine Lester and Dr Mihaela Mihailova will be talking about animation.

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Join B-Film in a discussion of the aesthetics of stop-motion animation in contemporary film, paying particular attention to the works of LAIKA, the celebrated animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link. Catherine Lester will present an overview of her research into the subversive uses of stop-motion animation in children’s horror cinema, followed by a screening and critical reflection of Mihaela Mihailova’s recent video essay ‘Studio LAIKA and the Ghosts of Invisible Labor’. All scholars, students and practitioners of animation, horror and the video essay form for are welcomed to participate in a discussion of the meanings and affective resonances of stop-motion animation and uncover the secrets and delights that lurk within and between its frames.

Dr Catherine Lester is a Lecturer in Film and Television at the University of Birmingham. Her research centres on the intersections of children’s culture and the horror genre, which is the subject of her monograph Horror Films for Children: Fear and Pleasure in American Cinema (Bloomsbury 2021). She is editor of the forthcoming Bloomsbury collection Watership Down: Perspectives On and Beyond Animated Violence and has published chapters on Disney princess films, children’s horror television, and race and representation in children’s horror films. She has also contributed on various aspects of horror, animation and children’s culture to the blog and podcast of the Fantasy/Animation Research Network.

Dr Mihaela Mihailova is Assistant Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. She is the editor of Coraline: A Closer Look at Studio LAIKA’s Stop-Motion Witchcraft (Bloomsbury, 2021). She has published in Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Feminist Media Studies, animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Flow, and Kino Kultura. She has also contributed chapters to Animating Film Theory (with John MacKay), Animated Landscapes: History, Form, and Function, The Animation Studies Reader, and Drawn from Life: Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema. Dr. Mihailova is the co-editor of Animation Studies ( and currently serves as Secretary of the Society for Animation Studies.

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