Media and Communication Studies

Katie Quanz

Katherine Quanz became interested in film and media studies after (quickly) discovering that she did not enjoy working in the film industry. Her research focuses on post-production sound for film and television. Quanz is currently working on a monograph titled Satellite Sounds, which charts the development of an international network of cities that share a common style and set of techniques with Hollywood. By focusing on Hollywood’s relationship with two city-based industries, London and Toronto, she argues that audio practitioners outside of the United States sought to emulate Hollywood to attract the business of Hollywood producers. This work also seeks to highlight labor issues within the film industry.

In addition to her academic work, Quanz has extensive experience in the field of audiovisual archiving. She has held positions at Laurier Archives, the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, the Harry Ransom Center, and George Blood, L.P.. Students interested in pursuing a career in archives are welcome to talk to Quanz about her experience.

Department

Media and Communication Studies

Teaching

Media and Society
Introduction to Film Studies
Canadian Cinema
Sound Cultures: Podcasting and Music
CIE

Research Interests

Film Music
Sound Studies
Media Technology
Digital Filmmaking
Media Labor
Canadian Cinema
British Cinema
Hollywood Cinema
Archives

Recent Work

“Pinewood’s Fiddler Fans Goldwyn’s Folly: London’s Battle for Post- Production Sound Business.” Voicing the Cinema: Film Music and the Integrated Soundtrack. Eds. James Buhler and Hannah Lewis. University of Illinois Press, 2020.

“Pro Tools, Playback, and the Value of Post-Production Sound Labor in Canada.” Velvet Light Trap 76 (Fall 2015): 37-48.

“Preserving Ephemeral Aboriginal Films and Videos: The Archival Practices of VTape and IsumaTV.” Cinephemera: Archives, Ephemeral Cinema, and New Screen Histories in Canada. Eds. Zoë Druick and Gerda Cammaer. McGill- Queen’s University Press, 2014.