Dr. Eddy Von Mueller is a writer, filmmaker and lecturer in Film and Media Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His research focuses on the intersections of Japanese and American cinema and popular culture, especially kaiju eiga and anime, as well as animation, visual effects, and the aesthetics and economics of moving making at the turn of the 21st century.
In addition to scholarly work on Walt Disney, silent adaptations of the works of William Shakespeare, the police procedural and the samurai films of Akira Kurosawa, his illustrations, reviews, and commentaries have appeared in a number of popular press publications. He is currently working on his first book, Synthetic Cinema, an extensive study of the impact of animation on contemporary live-action filmmaking.
An ex-animator and occasional director, Eddy teaches courses in the craft of filmmaking as well as in the history and criticism of the moving image, and still climbs behind the camera when the opportunity presents itself. His filmed work includes The Lady From Sockholm (2005), the greatest all-sock-puppet film noir ever made. The fact that it remains the only all-sock-puppet film ever made is probably just a coincidence.
A lifelong Godzilla fan, Eddy’s very first film was a truly awful Super-8mm Claymation homage to Ishiro Honda’s 1968 Destroy All Monsters, set to Rose and the Arrangement’s 1974 novelty song classic, “The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati.”