Mosaic narrative a poetics of cinematic new media narrative

PhD Thesis

McVeigh, Kathryn Margaret. 2008. Mosaic narrative a poetics of cinematic new media narrative. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland.

Mosaic narrative a poetics of cinematic new media narrative

TypePhD Thesis
AuthorMcVeigh, Kathryn Margaret
SupervisorHorsfield, Bruce
Stewart, Julianne
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages305

This thesis proposes the Poetics of Mosaic Narrative as a tool for theorising the creation and telling of cinematic stories in a digital environment. As such the Poetics of Mosaic Narrative is designed to assist creators of new media narrative to design dramatically compelling screen based stories by drawing from established theories of cinema and emerging theories of new media. In doing so it validates the crucial element of cinematic storytelling in the digital medium, which due to its fragmentary, variable and re-combinatory nature, affords the opportunity for audience interaction.

The Poetics of Mosaic Narrative re-asserts the dramatic and cinematic nature of narrative in new media by drawing upon the dramatic theory of Aristotle’s Poetics, the cinematic theories of the 1920s Russian Film Theorists and contemporary Neo-Formalists, the narrative theories of the 1960s French Structuralists, and the scriptwriting theories of contemporary cinema. In particular it focuses on the theory and practice of the prominent new media theorist, Lev Manovich, as a means of investigating and creating a practical poetics.

The key element of the Poetics of Mosaic Narrative is the expansion of the previously forgotten and undeveloped Russian Formalist concept of cinematurgy which is vital to the successful development of new media storytelling theory and practice. This concept, as originally proposed but not elaborated by Kazansky, encompasses the notion of the creation of cinematic new media narrative as a mosaic – integrally driven by the narrative systems of plot, as well as the cinematic systems of visual style created by the techniques of cinema- montage, cinematography and mise-en-scene.

Keywordscinematography; storytelling; poetics of mosaic narrative; cinematic stories; digital environment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360501. Cinema studies
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