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Monday, November 1st | 7:00pm–8:00pm | Architecture in Film and Media: Spooky Edition

Monday, November 1st | 7:00pm–8:00pm | Architecture in Film and Media: Spooky Edition


The Shining, Psycho, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Amityville Horror, Halloween, Hocus Pocus … Historical architecture is used throughout film and media to convey a sense of mystery and to elicit suspense and fear. This creates an unconscious association in the audience, adding a cloak of misunderstanding around certain architectural styles. How many of us have looked at a Second Empire-style house or a farmhouse with peeling paint and thought, “Oh, that house is creepy and haunted”? In this class, we’ll discuss how architecture has been used throughout film’s history to create that sense of spookiness. We’ll then look at examples of these same styles from around our region and unpack the architectural details that make certain styles perfect for scary movies.

This class is appropriate for ages 14+.

This class will take place online through Zoom. Links for Zoom classes will be sent 1 hour prior to the start of class. If you do not receive your link, please check your spam or submit an email through our contact page.

Live subtitles will be available upon request during this class. If you prefer a sign language interpreter, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).

About the teacher:
Ryan Jarles is the Preservation Planner at The Landmark Society and a member of the Young Urban Preservationists (YUPs) Steering Committee. He is a native of Nashville Tennessee (and does not have a southern accent). He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Historic Preservation. He started his career as a Historic Preservationist and Assistant Curator for a small museum in Savannah. He then joined the National Park Service as a Historic Preservationist at Fort Pulaski National Monument. After only a year with the NPS, he took on the position of Cultural Resources Planner in the City of Savannah for a few years prior to making the big move up to Rochester. Ryan has a slight obsession with film/media/music and how architecture is portrayed within them that promptly formed after taking “Architecture: Film and Media” in college.

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