Eric Plaag and Matt Smith

Who Are We?

TheSplitScreen is the brainchild of Eric Plaag and Matt Smith, two film buffs who met in Columbia, SC, but now reside in separate parts of the great southeast. Their friendship has included many hours spent talking in highfalutin’ terms about films while downing cheap beer or gin in really seedy bars, usually with karaoke artistes wailing in the background.

Eric Plaag is a writer, photographer, historian, and occasional filmmaker who resides permanently in Boone, NC, with his wife, his son, and their overweight Maine Coon lounge cat, Miss Cleo. You can follow more of Eric’s exploits at his photography blog, Ineffable Light, or at his historical consulting website.


(Eric Plaag)

Matt Boyd Smith is a PhD candidate at Georgia State University. He studies and writes about media history, the horror genre, paranormal reality television, and how formula and aesthetics travel across media boundaries in the modern conglomerate media environment. His favorite comic strip is Dick Tracy and his favorite movie of all time is Alien. Matt co-hosts Preacher Podcast, about the AMC series Preacher and the comic book that inspired it, as well as The Film Find, where he can be heard ranting most weeks about whatever has just come out in the cinema and a mixture of older films and TV shows. He also wrote briefly for The California Literary Review and is the book reviews co-editor for the Media Industries Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at @mattboydsmith or Instagram @matt_boyd_smith.


(Matt Boyd Smith)

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