Event Title

The Convergence Club: An Explanation of Media Convergence Through Fan Films

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Scott Coykendall

Abstract

The purpose of this video is to demonstrate and explain the effects of media convergence. It was filmed for an assignment in our Communication and Media Studies course last fall. The task was to create a “fan film” of some sort that highlighted key aspects of media convergence (the merging of media technologies) and attach it to a video essay that further elaborated on which concepts were shown in the video and why. Our group decided to film a trailer for an imaginary sequel to “The Breakfast Club,” in which we depict an “updated” version of the classic story and characters designed to fit in with the modern era (e.g. the characters communicate on smartphones, certain character archetypes revolve around digital-age concepts, etc.). In the following video essay, each of the group members cite various scholarly sources (many of which come from Henry Jenkins) that help define media convergence, the different forms it can come in, its implications for society, and the types of media convergence shown in the opening fan film. In addition, we decided to present the fan film as if it were a YouTube advertisement overlaid onto the “real” video, that being our video essay.

Available at https://youtu.be/7e_7_QHvaW8

Location

Hartman Union Building Room 119

Start Date

5-2-2019 2:00 PM

End Date

5-2-2019 3:00 PM

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May 2nd, 2:00 PM May 2nd, 3:00 PM

The Convergence Club: An Explanation of Media Convergence Through Fan Films

Hartman Union Building Room 119

The purpose of this video is to demonstrate and explain the effects of media convergence. It was filmed for an assignment in our Communication and Media Studies course last fall. The task was to create a “fan film” of some sort that highlighted key aspects of media convergence (the merging of media technologies) and attach it to a video essay that further elaborated on which concepts were shown in the video and why. Our group decided to film a trailer for an imaginary sequel to “The Breakfast Club,” in which we depict an “updated” version of the classic story and characters designed to fit in with the modern era (e.g. the characters communicate on smartphones, certain character archetypes revolve around digital-age concepts, etc.). In the following video essay, each of the group members cite various scholarly sources (many of which come from Henry Jenkins) that help define media convergence, the different forms it can come in, its implications for society, and the types of media convergence shown in the opening fan film. In addition, we decided to present the fan film as if it were a YouTube advertisement overlaid onto the “real” video, that being our video essay.

Available at https://youtu.be/7e_7_QHvaW8