Film Studies alum Sophie Barbour published in Film Matters

March 24, 2022

Film Studies alum Sophie Barbour published in Film Matters


Film Studies alum, Sophie Barbour (B.A. Film Studies/English, 2021) has just had an essay published in Film Matters, Volume 12, Number 3: “Into the Spider-Verse and a New Age of Comic Realism.”

Barbour’s article examines realism in the animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

“The plot of the film is concerned with the collision of multiple universes, and thus the narrative brings together different realities, each of which subscribe to a different animation style. Defining ‘reality’ in an animated film challenges the traditional divide between realism and formalism in film theory, which relies on photorealism as the benchmark of reproducing reality. Newer media theories introduce a transmedia approach to realism that are concerned with the fidelity of an adaptation to its source material. With these tools, we can see how Spider-Verse’s aesthetics heighten the narrative impact.” (from Barbour’s Abstract in Film Matters 12.3)

Film Matters is a peer-reviewed publication celebrating the work of undergraduate film scholars. Each issue features articles, reviews, and service-oriented pieces, such as profiles of film studies departments, articles that engage the undergraduate film studies community and prepare students for graduate study in the field, and resources and opportunities for undergraduate scholars.

Ohio State students, faculty, and staff can access Film Matters through the Ohio State University library.

Congratulations Sophie!