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Mark Kerins

Mark Kerins is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cinema-Television at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches a variety of classes in film production and post-production.  Before coming to SMU, he completed bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and mathematics at Valparaiso University, then earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University.

His research interests focus on surround sound, contemporary Hollywood cinema, and the intersections between production and critical studies.  His book Beyond Dolby:  Cinema in the Digital Sound Age, is on the ramifications of the adoption of digital surround sound in the early 1990s and will be released in 2010 by Indiana University Press.  Outside his scholarly work, he intermittently works as a filmmaker.  Though his primary focus is editing and sound design, he has also directed a number of short films and music videos and is currently is post-production on his most recent directorial effort, the short drama Drunken Phone Calls.

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