Reader in Film Studies, Oxford Brookes University
Warren Buckland's areas of Research: (1) film theory; (2) key trends in contemporary cinema (Hollywood blockbusters; puzzle films; new sincerity); (3) data mining world cinema. In individual research projects, these categories frequently overlap (especially 1 and 2).
I studied for a BA degree in Photography at Derby (1984-87, where I was awarded a First Class honours degree) before moving into film studies.
My career as a film scholar took off soon after I was awarded a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Film Studies in 1994 (the first of its kind in film studies). This basically gave me some free time to carry out research in film theory. I edited an anthology, The Film Spectator (1995), and wrote a monograph, The Cognitive Semiotics of Film (2000; Korean edition 2007). I spent much of this time at the University of Amsterdam teaching on their MA in film studies, with Thomas Elsaesser. This resulted in another book, combining my research interest in film theory and contemporary cinema -Studying Contemporary American Film: A Guide to Movie Analysis (2002; Italian edition 2010). Here we extracted methods from about a dozen film theories and applied them to our favourite American movies. I obviously had too much time on my hands, because I also decided to write a short guide to film (Teach Yourself Film Studies). This book (now called Film Studies: An Introduction) went into its fifth edition in 2015, and has been translated into Vietnamese and Japanese. Read More »