Cinematic evolution: what can history tell us about the future?

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Maddock, Daniel. 2015. "Cinematic evolution: what can history tell us about the future?" Gifford, Toby (ed.) CreateWorld 2015: A Digital Arts Conference. Brisbane, Australia 12 - 13 Feb 2015 Tasmania, Australia.
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Cinematic evolution: what can history tell us about the future?

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AuthorMaddock, Daniel
EditorsGifford, Toby
Journal or Proceedings TitleCreateWorld 2015: A Digital Arts Conference: Conference Proceedings
Number of Pages4
Year2015
Place of PublicationTasmania, Australia
ISBN9781329600959
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.lulu.com/shop/auc/proceedings-of-createworld-2015/ebook/product-22386900.html
Conference/EventCreateWorld 2015: A Digital Arts Conference
Event Details
CreateWorld 2015: A Digital Arts Conference
Event Date
12 to end of 13 Feb 2015
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Event Venue
Griffith Film School
Abstract

Many commentators and proponents of the film industry have called for a review of the cinematographic award asking who is responsible for these images; the cinematographer or the visual effects artists. Theorist Jean Baudrillard said cinema plagiarises itself, remakes its classics, retro-activates its own myths. So, what can the history of filmmaking tell us about the practice of visual effects?

Four of the previous five winners for Best Cinematography in a Feature Film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards (2009-2013) have been films which have contained a large component of computer generated imagery (animation and/or visual effects). Some of these films have moved far beyond creating virtual backgrounds for the actors to appear in. Avatar, Life of Pi and Gravity are xamples of films creating whole universes and characters or the actor to interact with.

This paper analyses the use of visual effects in popular filmmaking prior to the use of computer technology for the art. This historical analysis is then compared and contrasted against today’s discussion/argument of cinematographic authorship. What did it consist of before the use of computers in filmmaking? Are and will cinematographers always be the authors of the image?

Keywordsvirtual cinematography, cinematography, visual effects, cinematographic authorship
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360501. Cinema studies
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© 2015 AUC and the authors.

Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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