Category Archives: Exploding The Frame

Ben Shedd Brief Bio Cover Sheet

Ben Shedd Teaching, Production & Research

Ben Shedd Teaching Production Research Click to Download 22.7MB file with Bio and many production and teaching pictures. It is a big file so please grab a latte while it downloads. This PDF tells many stories about my work all across teaching, production and research, and is filled with photos from through the years.

UFVA 2015 Conference at American University. First row, green plaid shirt, amongst many old and new friends and colleagues, teachers of film and video from throughout the USA.

UNIVERSITY FILM AND VIDEO ASSOCIATION/UFVA 2015 Annual Conference, American University, Washington DC

This is the group photo of Film and Video faculty from around the United States and a few, like me, from around the planet attending the 2015 UFVA/University FIlm and Video Association’s Annual Conference at the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC.  I am in the front row, middle, wearing a green plaid shirt.  It was very good to catch up with old acquaintances and meet some new colleagues at UFVA.

Ben Shedd First Movie Press Clipping in the Stockton Record Newspaper, 1954

60 years making movies!

[Click Here to see enlarged view of 1954 Stockton Record News Article.] 

As I mark my first year anniversary as Professor of Digital Filmmaking at the School  of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, 2014 was a year of several movie-making anniversaries for me.

1989 – 25 years since starting my EXPLODING THE FRAME research on developing a new cinematic language for giant immersive screens.

1979 – 35 years since receiving an Academy Award with Jacqueline Phillips Shedd for Best Documentary Short Subject for THE FLIGHT OF THE GOSSAMER CONDOR and beginning teaching at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

1974 – 40 years since Associate Producing the very first PBS NOVA science program WHERE DID THE COLORADO GO? and the NOVA series going on the air on PBS.

1964 – 50 years since high school graduation

1954 – 60 years since I started making movies

I am attaching my first movie press clipping for my first acting role in 1954 as Prince Valiant in KNIGHTS OF THE SQUARE TABLE movie, the first of seven fully costumed narrative films my father made each year with the neighbor kids where I played roles like Mountain Man Tom Fitzpatrick, Sheriff Wyatt Earp, and World War I fighter pilot Baron Von Richthofen.  These films are now in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive.

Also on the list are graduating with an MA Degree in Cinema from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and a BA Degree in Radio/Television/Film from San Francisco State University’s Department of Cinema and directing & producing 3 giant screen OMNIMAX films plus teaching cinema production and business at 7 universities, but they don’t have as good 5 and 10 year anniversary dates as the list above.

60 years in the movies and counting…

Selfie with Howard Prouty and Tom Oyers

Visiting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Library and Archive

While traveling in Southern California, I had the opportunity to visit the Margaret Herrick Academy Library in Beverly Hills CA where I got a fabulous tour from Archivist Howard Prouty and met Awards Coordinator Tom Oyers.  I’ve had a long-time email correspondence with these Academy colleagues and it was great to meet them both in person.  Howard has been working to create an Archive of my life-time of production files at the Academy Archives.  I am most appreciative of what Howard and the Academy are doing with 15 dozen boxes of files with details about making all of my movies through the decades, along with prints of most all of my films for the Academy Film Archives.  And it is Tom who makes it possible for me to continue as an active member of the Documentary Branch, no matter where I am living like in Singapore now, in screening documentaries every year for Academy Nomination consideration.

Selfie by Ben Shedd at the Academy library with Howard Prouty and Tom Oyers.

With Prof Norm Hollyns USC Cinematic Arts Head of Editing, Prof/Producer Bruce Block USC Cinematic Arts and Prof Francisco Menendez, Film Department Chair, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Norm is the past President of the University Film and Video  Association [UFVA] and Francisco is the incoming UFVA President.  Nice company to be keeping.

At the CILECT Conference in Southern California October 2014

I traveled to the CILECT Conference – Centre International de Liaison des Ecoloes de Cinema et de Television/The International Association of Film and Television Schools – representing the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University with the aim to become a CILECT member.  It was like a mini United Nations meeting with film and television faculty from over 60 nations gathering for the biannual CILECT Congress. Included were visits to the CILECT host Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and to my alma mater USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.  The theme of the CILECT Congress was PreVisualization with university faculty and industry filmmakers opening the world of digital movie making for all of us.  Among the CILECT keynote speakers was Chris Edwards, CEO of THE THIRD FLOOR and my old USC Cinematic Arts Colleague Professor and Producer Bruce Block.  Bruce’s key text THE VISUAL STORY: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, Television and Digital Media has widely expanded many key ideas that hundreds of us USC Cinema alums learned years back from Les Novros in his course Film Graphics.  I also met some of my colleagues here in Singapore from other Film Schools, including Senior Lecturer Charles Maideen from LaSalle College of the Arts Puttman School of Film.  An invigorating international week.

Photo Selfie by Ben Shedd at CILECT: With Prof Norman Hollyn, USC School of Cinematic Arts Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing, Prof/Feature Film Producer Bruce Block, USC School of Cinematic Arts Eisenstein Chair in Cinematic Arts, and Prof Francisco Menendez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Film Department Chair. Norman is the out-going President of the University Film and Video Association [UFVA] and Francisco is the in-coming UFVA President. Good company to be keeping…..

Section from ix Immersion/Experience Symposium on Keynote Panel.

EXPLODING THE FRAME at the ix IMMERSION/EXPERIENCE Symposium, Montreal, Canada

EXPLODING THE FRAME at the ix IMMERSION/EXPERIENCE Symposium May 21-26 in Montreal, Canada. Many of the events will be live streamed at  I will be part of the Keynote Panel on May 22nd starting at 9AM/Montreal Time UTC/GMT – 4 hours.  Live Streaming throughout ix.  Sit close to your screen and imagine immersion!!

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TROPICAL RAINFOREST IMAX film in this week’s Wall Street Journal movie review

Joe Morgenstern, Pulitzer Prize winning film critic for the Wall Street Journal, has included the TROPICAL RAINFOREST IMAX film as one of his Rewinds/Look Backs in his movie review this week 17 Jan 2014.  Thanks, Joe….