Projecting a Camera Language-Games in Film Theory

ISBN-10: 0415942543
ISBN-13: 9780415942546
Edition: 2006
Authors: Edward Branigan
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Description: In Projecting a Camera, film theorist Edward Branigan offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding film theory. Why, for example, does a camera move? What does a camera "know"? (And when does it know it?) What is the camera's relation to the  More...

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List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

In Projecting a Camera, film theorist Edward Branigan offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding film theory. Why, for example, does a camera move? What does a camera "know"? (And when does it know it?) What is the camera's relation to the subject during long static shots? What happens when the screen is blank? Through a wide-ranging engagement with Wittgenstein and theorists of film, he offers one of the most fully developed understandings of the ways in which the camera operates in film. With its thorough grounding in the philosophy of spectatorship and narrative, Projecting a Camera takes the study of film to a new level. With the care and precision that he brought to Narrative Comprehension and Film, Edward Branigan maps the ways in which we must understand the role of the camera, the meaning of the frame, the role of the spectator, and other key components of film-viewing. By analyzing how we think, discuss, and marvel about the films we see, Projec

Cover and Frontispiece Illustrations
Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Terminological Note
The Life of a Camera
The Death of the Author
A Camera as Impersonal Subject
How Should Analysis Proceed? Vertical Dissection versus Horizontal Intersection
Apercu: Things to Come
A Camera-in-the-Text
Camera Movement and Time
Camera Movement and Causality
Camera Movement and Scale
Anthropomorphism: Camera Movement and the Human Body
Point of View: Camera Movement and Subjectivity
Some Kinds of Movements: Camera Movement and Space
When Things Change: Camera Movement and Attention
What is a Camera?
Reworking the Question
Four Cameras: From Machine to Subject
Four More Cameras: From Psyche to Society
Mental Models and Gravity
How Frame Lines (and Film Theory) Figure
World, Language, Ambiguity
Some Radial Meanings of "Frame"
How Do We Think in the Cinema?
A Role for the Body - The Container Schema
Color as Container
Caesura and Suture
Envoi: The Indefinite Boundary
Coda: The Camera
When is a Camera?
Motion and Movement
Motion Picture
Camera Fiction
Releasing and Receiving
Sustaining and Other Causes
Wittgenstein
Mental Camera
When
Under Description
Language
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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