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Screenshot of Benshi: Silent Film Narrators in JapanBenshi: Silent Film Narrators in Japan is a growing digital archive that features a curated collection of historical materials relating to benshi performance and fan culture from their beginnings in the early decades of the twentieth century up to the present. It includes synchronized audio and video clips of historical and contemporary benshi, VR movie theaters, and a digitized collection of ephemera such as theater programs, benshi scripts, and fan ranking charts.

Project Title Benshi: Silent Film Narrators in Japan
Description Benshi: Silent Film Narrators in Japan is a growing digital archive that features a curated collection of historical materials relating to benshi performance and fan culture from their beginnings in the early decades of the twentieth century up to the present. It includes synchronized audio and video clips of historical and contemporary benshi, VR movie theaters, and a digitized collection of ephemera such as theater programs, benshi scripts, and fan ranking charts.
Deliverables Digital Archive
Date 2010 - Present

 
Project Lead Kyoko Omori, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese)
Collaborators

Shay Foley, Director of Resource and Digital Strategies
Lisa McFall, Associate Director, Digital Initiatives and Technology
Sacharja Cunningham, Instructional Designer
Douglas Higgins, Digital Scholarship Technologist
Reid Larson, Research Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives
Taylor McDowell, Web Developer for Digital Scholarship & Digital Collections
Benjamin Salzman, Instructional Designer, VR/AR Technologist
Janet Oppedisano, Director of Digital Scholarship Services
Greg Lord, DHi
Peter McDonald, LITS
Steve Young, LITS

Students Alex Axton '24
Philip Chivily '23
Anthony Hevia '24
Khuslen Tulga '23
Maheen Masoud '25
Ravena Pernanand '21
Nandini Subramaniam '22
Tyler Rodenberger '25
Liam Garcia-Quish '23
Departments and Offices East Asian Languages and Literatures
Library & Information Technology Services

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