The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood's Coming of Age

The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood's Coming of Age

by Rama Venkatasawmy


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The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood's Coming of Age by Rama Venkatasawmy

The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood’s Coming of Age, by Rama Venkatasawmy, analyzes how the Hollywood cinema industry’s visual effects applications have not only motivated the expansion of filmmaking praxis, they have also influenced the evolution of viewing pleasures and spectatorship experiences. Following the digitization of their associated technologies, VFX have been responsible for multiplying the strategies of representation and storytelling, as well as extending the range of stories that can potentially be told onscreen. By the same token, the visual standards of the Hollywood film’s production and exhibition have been growing in sophistication. On the basis of displaying groundbreaking VFX—immaculately realized through the application of cutting-edge technologies and craftsmanship—and of projecting such a significant degree of visual innovation and originality, certain Hollywood movies have established techno-visual trends and industrial standards for subsequent filmmaking practice.

Hollywood cinema’s entry into the digital realm is intertwined with the intensification of conglomeratic practices within the movie business, the domain of techno-scientific R&D in filmmaking, and the unification of corporate media, information technology, and entertainment. Hence, the standardization of, and convergence toward, the digital medium is emblematic of Hollywood cinema’s techno-industrial evolution in the late twentieth century. Accordingly, this volume identifies various synergies and partnerships—between VFX providers, movie studios, graphic designers, and more—that have emerged from a progressive growth of awareness in Hollywood of the digital medium’s potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739197660
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rama Venkatasawmy is lecturer in communication at the Singapore campus of the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Table of Contents

Chapter One. An Overview of VFX-Intensive Filmmaking in 20th Century Hollywood Cinema
Chapter Two. Defining the Object of Inquiry
Chapter Three. “Effects” in Hollywood Cinema
Chapter Four. Science, Technology and Hollywood Cinema
Chapter Five. The Hollywood Cinema Industry’s Coming of Digital Age
Works Cited
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