Dr Lisa Bode

Senior Lecturer

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 51443


Lisa Bode lectures in Film and Television Studies at the University of Queensland. She is the author of Making Believe: Screen Performance and Special Effects in Popular Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2017), which historicizes screen performance within the context of visual and special effects cinema and technological change in Hollywood filmmaking, through the silent, early sound, and current digital eras, in order to shed light on the ways that digital filmmaking processes such as motion capture, digital face-replacement, and green-screen acting are impacting screen acting and stardom. She has published work in edited collections and journals on the implications of digital filmmaking technologies for screen acting and stardom, the cultural reception of the synthespian, mock documentary performance, and the processes through which dead Hollywood stars are remembered, forgotten, or re-animated. She is currently working on a history of the synthespian and cinematic digital effects, and their reception in the cinema, from the 1980s to the present.

She is on the editorial board for the series Animation: Key Films / Filmmakers (Bloomsbury Academic, and for the journal, Celebrity Studies (Taylor and Francis).

Research Interests

  • film history
    Hollywood, early cinema, transformations in style, cultural shaping of technical innovations, aesthetic transformations
  • screen acting
    screen performance, screen actors, performance styles, screen performance and genre, historical transformations in performance, critical reception
  • visual and special effects
    history of visual and special effects, VFX aesthetics, critical reception
  • posthumous fame
    celebrity deaths, memorialisation


  • PhD, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of New South Wales


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Bode, Lisa (2018). The Uncanny Valley. The Animation Studies Reader. (pp. 59-68) edited by Nichola Dobson, Annabelle Honess Roe, Amy Ratelle and Caroline Ruddell.New York NY United States: Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Bode, Lisa (2016). The afterlives of Rudolph Valentino and Wallace Reid in the 1920s and 1930s. Lasting screen stars: images that fade and personas that endure. (pp. 159-172) edited by Lucy Bolton and Julie Lobalzo Wright.London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-40733-7_12

  • Bode, Lisa (2015). Fleshing it out: prosthetic makeup effects, motion capture and the reception of performance. Special effects: new histories, theories, contexts. (pp. 32-44) edited by Dan North, Bob Rehak and Michael Duffy.London , United Kingdom: British Film Institute, Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Bode, L. (2007). 'Grave robbing' or 'career comeback'? On the digital resurrection of dead screen stars. History of Stardom Reconsidered. (pp. 36-40) edited by Kallioniemi, K., Karki, K., Makela, J. and Salmi, H..Online - HPC (http://iipc.utu.fi/reconsidered/): Turku: International Institute for Popular Culture.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision