Corbett Miteff - Bachelor of Science (Texas Christian University), Master of Liberal Arts (Texas Christian University)
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Location: Room 1.24, Bute Building
Transcending Animated Space: Religious Myth in Science Fiction Animation
Studying concepts of religion in science fiction animation goes beyond the ordinary boundaries of space. Because of the actual craft of animation the animator has the ability to push and move both perspective and space in a variety of ways. Since the Italian Renaissance westernized cultures have accepted the concept of linear perspective in order to represent three-dimensional space within two-dimensional works of art. At the same time the Eastern attitude, especially in terms of anime, creates a different approach, the idea of the super-flat perspective proposed by Takashi Murakami; in a artwork an artist is capable of compressing the background, mid-ground and foreground together with the past, present and future.
What takes shape in my research is a blend between these various ideas of perspective, as well as, the importance of the animation machine incorporating a variety of styles and techniques in order to convey meaning. By closely following the idea of religious myth most associated with the work of Joseph Campbell, the results of my research explains how this transformed animated space is the perfect medium for artists to re-imagine and illustrate new perceptions of religion, especially within the context of the science fiction animation genre. The reason being is because science fiction anime such as Aquarion, RahXephon and Neo Genesis Evangelion push the boundaries of animation while exploring new narratives most associated with religious myth.
Supervisor: Dr. Paul Bowman
Media & the Public Sphere, Seminar Tutor, spring 2007
Understanding Culture, Seminar Tutor, autumn 2007
Media Methodology, Seminar Tutor, spring 2008
Final Cut Pro Editing, Lecturer, spring 2009
Cultural Agency: Theory & Practice (Animation), Co-Lecturer, 2011-2012
Writing With Light: Histories of Visual Media, Lecturer, autumn 2012
Religion & Film (Animation), Co-Lecturer, spring 2013
Corbett has worked in the television and film business for over 15 years. His roles in the media have often changed, earning him a chance to have a wide variety of experience to draw upon. His highlights begin with his athletic scholarship for a Masters Degree while working as video coordinator for the legendary basketball coach Billy Tubbs. He was the audio/visual archivist for former Speaker of the House Jim Wright.
Corbett’s camerawork has been broadcast on major US networks such as ESPN, FOX and CBS. After moving to Hollywood in 2000 Corbett worked on a variety of projects with a variety of studios including The Culver Studios, Sony, Disney and Universal. Before leaving Los Angeles Corbett was the manager of the Paramour Estate where he managed a number of studios producing an eclectic mix of projects including: film, television, music, photography and special events.
While living in the United Kingdom Corbett has continued his approach on working in a variety of jobs including a writer on the children’s television show Igam Ogam, which aired on Channel 5’s Milkshake program. More recently, he worked closely with the production of Ironclad (2011), one of the largest independent films shot in Wales.