Papers

Alison McMahan has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines such as Filmmaker, Millimiter, American Cinematographer and The Independent. In addition she has written  academic papers on the topics of film history, digital media, and virtual reality. Here is a selection.

"Madame Blaché in America: Director, Producer, Studio Owner" published in Alice Guy Blaché, Film Pioneer, catalogue for the Whitney Museum of Art Film Retrospective, edited by Joan Simon, Yale University Press, 2009, pp. 47-76. I also contributed the chronology and filmographies.

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“The Most Famous Woman You’ve Never Heard Of: Alison McMahan on Alice Guy Blaché,” in Artforum, November, 2009, p. 81-82.

"Chez le Photographe c'est chez moi: Relationship of Actor and Filmed Subject to Camera in Early Film and Virtual Reality Spaces" in The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded , edited by Wanda Stauven, Amsterdam University Press, 2006.

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"The Animation Paradigm" Le Cinématographe, nouvelle technologie du Xxe siècle/The Cinema, A New Technology for the 20th Century, edited by André Gaudreault, Catherine Russell and Pierre Véronneau, France: Editions Payot Lausanne, 2004, p. 373-380.

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"Alice Guy Blaché" in The Encyclopedia of Early Cinema, edited by Richard Abel, Routledge, 2005.

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Chapter in and co-editor of Historiography of Film Sound, based on the Archimedia 2000 Conference in Brussels (2004).

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"Beginnings", chapter on early cinema history in Europe for the European Cinema, Elizabeth Ezra, ed., Oxford University Press, November 2003.

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"The Drive To Mechanisation And Digitisation" Chapter in The French Cinema Book, BFI, Richard Abel, ed., 2003.

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"The Day Hollywood Went Digital: Jurassic Park and the transition from stop motion and animatronics to CGI in Hollywood" Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Minneapolis, March 2003.

"Will the Real Animation Please Stand Up: The Transition from Stop-Motion and Animatronics to CGI in Hollywood Films", 14th Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference, Glendale, CA, September 28, 2002.