Paratexts, Industrial Reflexivity, Affective Labour and King Kong: Peter Jackson’s Production Diaries

Thierry Jutel


King Kong: Peter Jackson’s Production Diaries (2005), a self-contained DVD package released at the same time as King Kong (2005) is an example of paratext and of what John Caldwell calls ‘industrial reflexivity’. While cast as a direct act of communication with fans and as a means of revealing the behind-the-scene workings of Jackson and his crew, the Production Diaries work also as industrial discourse which seek to portray creative labour as a space of enjoyment, of affective investment and of individual fulfilment within a group of highly talented and motivated individuals. The diaries are both the production and the record of the creative labour and its transformation into a commodified media object through the process of affective labour. The Production Diaries provide an image of production for both external and internal purposes.

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