Eric Dienstfrey

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  • Teaching Assistant
  • Film
Office Hours:
  • by appointment
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My dissertation, Waves Worth Wiring: Hollywood Pageantry and the Engineering of Modern Stereo Aesthetics, 1926 - 1959, traces how filmmakers, engineers, and critics developed and codified aesthetic principles for using sterephonic sound systems, and how studios faught with theaters to incorporate such stereo technologies into their broader storytelling toolkits.  Other research includes film music composers and performers of the silent era, the cultural history of wire and tape recorders, the contemporary computer animation industry, and the history of international technical standards for film and television.  I currently serve on the editorial boards for The Velvet Light Trap and The Soundtrack.

Education

  • M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
  • B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2004

Honors/Awards

  • The Katherine Singer Kovács Essay Award , Society for Cinema & Media Studies , 2017
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship , Mellon Foundation and the State of Wisconsin , 2017
  • University Housing Honored Instructor Award , University of Wisconsin , 2017
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2016
  • Elliott Dissertation Scholarship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2014
  • Helen K. Herman Memorial Fund Scholarship for academic achievement , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2013
  • Robert J. Wickhem Award for excellence in teaching media production , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2011
  • First Year McCarty Scholarship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2009

Articles

Courses

  • CA 613 - The Coen Brothers and Their Influences (reader)
  • CA 552 - American Cinema Since 1970
  • CA 355 - Introduction to Media Production
  • CA 350 - Introduction to Film
  • CA 313 - Film Comedy (reader)
  • CA 100 - Introduction to Speech Composition