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Dr. Katie Bird is an assistant professor in film studies and digital media production at the University of Texas – El Paso in the department of Communication. She received her PhD in Film and Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, “‘Quiet on Set!’: Craft Discourse and Below-the-Line Labor in Hollywood, 1919-1985.”   Katie holds BA degrees in Film Production and English from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA) and an MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA). Her dissertation concerns how various technical guild’s craft discourse during select periods of Hollywood production emphasizes the role of manual and physical labor in aesthetic technique. In 2018, Katie won 3rd place in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) writing awards for her essay “Sporting Sensations: Bela Balazs and the Bergfilm Camera Operator.” She has published on Steadicam craft in The Velvet Light Trap (Fall 2017) and an article on Editor Fredrick Y. Smith in special studio system issue of The Spectator (Fall 2018). Katie is the recipient of the Tobias (2015-2016) and Chambers-Anderson (2016-2017) Dissertation Fellowships, and a 2017 selected participant in Middlebury’s Scholarship in Sound and Image video workshops. In 2017-2018, she worked as the Digital Media Learning Coordinator for University of Pittsburgh’s English Department. She has taught the following courses: Filmmaking I, Contemporary Film, Film Directors (Soderbergh), Film Analysis, World Film History, Intro to Film, Creative Production Workshop, Composing Digital Media, Film as Art, Seminar in Composition:Film, Seminar in Composition, Basic Principles of Composition.

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