Empathetic Space on Screen: Constructing Powerful Place and Setting

Empathetic Space on Screen: Constructing Powerful Place and Setting

by Amedeo D'Adamo

Paperback(1st ed. 2018)

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In this book we learn that there is a clear but complex relationship between setting and character on screen. Certain settings stand out above others—think of the iconic gooey dripping tunnels that Ripley stumbles through in Aliens, Norman’s bird-decorated parlour in Psycho or the dark Gotham of certain Batman movies. But what makes these particular settings so powerful and iconic? Amedeo D’Adamo explains why we care about and cry for certain characters, and then focuses on how certain places then become windows onto their emotional lives. Using popular case studies such as Apocalypse Now, Amelie, Homeland and The Secret Garden, this original and insightful book is the first to really explain what makes some settings so effective, revealing an important but as yet uncovered machinery of empathy in visual narrative space. An invaluable resource for students, academics and indeed young filmmakers designing their very own narratives for space on screen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319667713
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 02/14/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Amedeo D'Adamo is Professor of Film at the Universita Cattolica, Italy and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Switzerland-Italia, Switzerland. He teaches documentary at the Locarno Film Festival and mentors for the MAIA Producing Workshops and Albascript Plus. A filmmaker whose features have played in top-ranked festivals, he was also the founding Dean of the Los Angeles Film School.

Table of Contents

​PART I : THE BUILDING CODES OF NARRATIVE SPACE.- 1. Introduction : Welcome to Dantean Space. Empathy and Space in Singin' in The Rain, Legally Blonde, The Pursuit of Happyness and Aliens.- 2. The Empty Man Of Action VS The Active Heart : DisPassionate & Dramatic Characters from James Bond and Sherlock Holmes to Little Miss Sunshine, Hamlet and The Hobbit.- 3. The Frozen Ones : Dantean Moments, Characters & Space from Aliens to Amelie, Sunset Blvd, Batman and others.- 4. Are We Empathizing with the Situation or With The Character? : A Methodology of Defining Space and Character in films like Little Miss Sunshine, 50 Shades Of Grey, Twilight & Secretary and TV shows like Lego Friends.- PART II : BOUNDARIES VISIBLE AND BROKEN.- 5. The Library of All Stories : Purgatory, Therapy and Character Arcs in Dante and in Great Expectations, One Hour Photo, The Third Man and Sunrise, in Camus' novel The Fall, and in Edgar Allen's Poe's short stories.- 6. Ghosts and Shades and Place : Empathetic Hauntology in Gravity, Lars and The Real Girl & Hiroshima Mon Amour.- 7. On Collapsing Boundaries between Protagonist and Antagonist : Dante's tricks and others in La Vie En Rose and Apocalypse Now and in the documentaries Tarnation, Elena and Waltzing With Bashir.- 8. Alienated Spaces : DeathStarchitecture, Showroom Space and the Dantean Homes of Homeland, Star Wars, Mad Men and The Graduate.- PART III : HOW NOT TO THINK LIKE DANTE ALIGHIERI : THE SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF DANTEAN SPACE.- 9. How Not To Think Like Dante Alighieri : Guilt, Punishment & the components of Dantean Space.-10. Escaping Dantean Space : On Creating Zones of Care in the biography of St Teresa, in physical materials and through Cinematography.- 11. How To Create Ecstatic Space : On crafting Zones of Care in Literature, Cinema and VideoGames in the films Amelie & The Secret Garden and in the videogame Wrath Of The White Witch.

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“Amedeo D’Adamo explores a fascinating question for both scholars and filmmakers—what is it in the look of a film that impacts how well the film reaches its audience emotionally? D’Adamo engagingly explains how the design of a film actually helps to tell the story, rather than just providing a setting for it.” (Anna Thomas, Oscar-nominated writer and producer (El Norte, Frida, Mi Familia) and Discipline Head of Screenwriting at the American Film Institute Conservatory, USA)

“An inspiring and thought-provoking study : by revealing the many ways space can be used to make us care about characters in stories, this worthwhile book should be of great value to academics and artists alike.” (Andrew Bienen, co-writer of the Oscar-winning film Boys Don't Cry, Associate Professor of Film in Columbia University's Graduate Film Program, USA)

“Empathetic Space on Screen offers a refreshing contribution to the study of film, television, documentary, transmedia narratology and audiovisual aesthetics. An original schema elaborating the concept of empathetic space." (Lisa Perrott, Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato, New Zealand)

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