Animated Landscapes: History, Form, and Function

Animated Landscapes: History, Form, and Function

By: Chris Pallant (editor)Hardback

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Studying landscape in cinema isn't quite new; it'd be hard to imagine Woody Allen without New York, or the French New Wave without Paris. But the focus on live-action cinema leaves a significant gap in studying animated films. With the almost total pervasiveness of animation today, this collection provides the reader with a greater sense of how the animated landscapes of the present relate to those of the past. Including essays from international perspectives, Animated Landscapes introduces an idea that has seemed, literally, to be in the background of animation studies. The collection provides a timely counterpoint to the dominance of character (be that either animated characters such as Mickey Mouse or real world personalities such as Walt Disney) that exists within animation scholarship (and film studies more generally). Chapters address a wide range of topics including history, case studies in national contexts (including Australia, Japan, China and Latvia), the traversal of animated landscape, the animation of fantastical landscapes, and the animation of interactive landscapes. Animated Landscapes promises to be an invaluable addition to the existing literature, for the most overlooked aspect of animation.

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Chris Pallant is a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. His research includes animation, filmmaking production practices and technologies, and videogames. He has published on a range of topics, including Disney feature animation, the 'cartoonism' of Quentin Tarantino, performance capture, and Rockstar Games.


List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction I - History: Formal Traditions 1. Seeing in Dreams - The Shifting Landscapes of Drawn Animation Bryan Hawkins, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK 2. The Stop Motion Landscape Chris Pallant, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK 3. Pixar, 'The Road to Point Reyes', and the long history of landscapes in new visual technologies Malcolm Cook, Birkbeck, University of London, UK II - History: National Perspectives 4. Australian Animation - Landscape, Isolation and Connections Steven Allen, Winchester University, UK 5. Environmentalism and The Animated Landscape in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Princess Mononoke (1997) Melanie Chan, York St John University, UK 6. Animating Shanshui: Chinese Landscapes in Animated Film, Art and Performance Kiu-wai Chu, The University of Hong Kong 7. Latvian Animation: Landscapes of Resistance Mihaela Mihailova, Yale University, USA III - Form: Journeys Through Animated Space 8. The Landscape in the Memory: Animated Travel Diaries Maria Lorenzo Hernandez, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia 9. Off the Rails: Animating Train Journeys Birgitta Hosea, University of the Arts, London, UK 10. Between Setting and Character: A Taxonomy of Sentient Spaces in Fantasy Film Fran Pheasant-Kelly, University of Wolverhampton, UK IV - Form: Peripheral Perspectives 11. The Metamorphosis of Place: Projection-Mapped Animation Dan Torre, RMIT, Australia 12. Plasmatic Pitches, Temporal Tracks and Conceptual Courts: The Landscapes of Animated Sport Paul Wells, Loughborough University, UK 13. The Zombiefied Landscape: World War Z (2013), ParaNorman (2012), and the Politics of the Animated Corpse James Newton, University of Kent, UK V - Function: Interactivity 14. Evoking the Oracle: Visual Logic of Screen Worlds Tom Klein, Loyola Marymount University, USA 15. Beyond the Animated Landscape: Videogame Glitches and the Sublime Alan Meades, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK List of Contributors Bibliography Animation/Filmography/Other Media Index

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  • publication date: 08/10/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781628923513
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781628923513
  • weight: 634
  • ISBN10: 1628923512

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