Supercinema: Film Philosophy for the Digital Age
By: William Brown (author)Hardback
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Drawing on a variety of popular films, including Avatar, Enter the Void, Fight Club, The Matrix, Speed Racer, X-Men and War of the Worlds, Supercinema studies the ways in which digital special effects and editing techniques require a new theoretical framework in order to be properly understood. Here William Brown proposes that while analogue cinema often tried to hide the technological limitations of its creation through ingenious methods, digital cinema hides its technological omnipotence through the continued use of the conventions of analogue cinema. As such, digital cinema is analogous to Superman hiding his powers behind the persona of Clark Kent - as opposed to most other superheroes who hide their limitation behind their superheroic alter ego. Locating itself on the cusp of film theory, film-philosophy, and cognitive approaches to cinema, Supercinema also looks at the relationship between the spectator and film, especially film that utilizes digital technology to maximum, "supercinematic" effect.
William Brown is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Roehampton, London.He has written articles for journals and edited collections with a particular emphasis on the use of digital technology on contemporary cinema across a range of national and transnational contexts. He is also a filmmaker, having made three feature films since 2009.
Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. Digital Cinema's Conquest of Space Chapter 2. The Deanthropocentric Character of Digital Cinema Chapter 3. From Temporalities to Time in Digital Cinema Chapter 4. The Film-Spectator-World Assemblage Chapter 5. Concluding With Love Bibliography Index
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