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Two book projects, one about the life and career of Gloria Swanson and the other about camera movement in classic Hollywood movies, have been chosen to receive funding from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Academy’s Institutional Grants Committee has named the book’s authors Cari Beauchamp and Patrick Keating as its newest Academy Film Scholars. They will receive $25,000 each to research and write their projects.
Beauchamp, an independent film historian and author of five previous books, is planning to write a comprehensive biography of Swanson, an Oscar nominee for her performance in Sunset Boulevard. It is the second Film Scholars grant for Beauchamp, who also wrote the 2009 book Joseph P. Kennedy Presents.
Keating, an assistant professor of communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, is planning a detailed account of how Hollywood filmmakers adopted and transformed the tools of the moving camera during the classical era to be titled A Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classic Hollywood Film.
Beauchamp and Keating will receive the first half of their $25,000 grants at a luncheon March 16. The remaining half will be presented upon completion of the manuscripts, when the scholars will present their projects in lecture form at a public Academy event.
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