Tecmerin. Journal of Audiovisual Essays


The Screen Stars Dictionary begins as a joint project between Tecmerin. Journal of Audiovisual Essays and Ariel Avissar. Inspired conceptually by Ariel’s own project, the TV Dictionary, we aim to establish the defining characteristics of specific stars with a single, polysemic word that crystallizes his/her/their oeuvre

Our goal is to create a diverse space for intercultural and aesthetic exchange, which covers major Hollywood figures but also expands centrifugally to other locations, (trans)national industries, and ways of understanding stardom in all types of screens.

Above all, we hope you enjoy the featured videos; they are thought-provoking and highly entertaining. Our deepest gratitude to all contributors for their willingness to participate and their commitment to share their talents and insights.

Call for Contributions

We would like to invite others to join this project and contribute to the Screen Stars Dictionary. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, send an email with your idea to both Ariel Avissar (arielavissar24@gmail.com) and Vicente Rodríguez Ortega (vrortega@hum.uc3m.es), the collection’s editors.

This will be the process:

1. Send us your proposal; your video should attempt to capture the defining characteristics of a film or TV star, from any nationality, using a single word, combining diverse definitions of this word with a single or multiple clips of the featured star. Videos should ideally be no longer than four minutes, and can be in any language, with English and/or Spanish subtitles

2. Ariel and Vicente will give you feedback

3. Send revision(s) and receive feedback until accepted, via google drive or wetransfer (file size should be under 500MB).

4. Once accepted, we will send you a short video intro to add at the beginning of your piece; additionally, the video credits should include all media sources used in the video, and the source(s) of the dictionary definitions used.

5. Once you add the intro and credits, submit the final video. It will be uploaded to Tecmerin’s Vimeo account and published in the Screen Stars Dictionary Vimeo collection (see here: https://vimeo.com/showcase/10404168).

6. Ariel and Vicente will curate a selection out of the videos added to the collection. This curated selection will be published in future issues of Tecmerin


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan see under ethereal (by Sureshkumar P. Sekar, Royal College of Music)

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein seen under play (verb) (by Evelyn Kreutzer)


Robert de Niro

Robert de Niro see under alone (by Daniel O’Brien, University of Essex)

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan see under love (by Ritika Kaushik, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

Tony Leung

Tony Leung see under  (by Jialu Zhu, Universität Zürich)

SCREEN STARS DICTIONARY (Issue 11 – June 2023)

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews see under voice (by Jemma Saunders)

Roberto Cobo

Roberto Cobo see under rare (by Catherine Grant, Aarhus University & University of Reading)

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise see under mask (by Ariel Avissar, Tel Aviv University)

Lola Flores

Lola Flores see under force (by Asier Gil Vázquez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren see under eternal (by Barbara Zecchi, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Dean Martin

Dean Martin see under calm (by Will DiGravio, University of Amsterdam

Natalia Oreiro

Natalia Oreiro see under transfer (by Jiří Anger, National Film Archive & Veronika Hanáková Charles University

Léa Seydoux

Léa Seydoux see under transparent (by Libertad Gills, Universidad de las Artes,Ecuador & Università della Svizzera Italiana)

Yakusho Kōji

Yakusho Kōji see under yaku (by Colleen Laird, University of British Columbia)

Léa Seydoux

Léa Seydoux see under transparent (by Libertad Gills, Universidad de las Artes,Ecuador & Università della Svizzera Italiana)

Barbara Streisand

Barbara Streisand see under effect (by Jaap Kooijman, University of Amsterdam)

Tecmerin. Journal of Audiovisual Essays
ISSN: 2659-4269
© Grupo de Investigación Tecmerin
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid