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Beyond Spatial Montage

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Beyond Spatial Montage: Windowing, or the Cinematic Displacement of Time, Motion, and Space offers an extended discussion of the morphology and structure of compositing, graphic juxtapositions, and montage employed in motion pictures. Drawing from the history of avant-garde and commercial cinema, as well as studio-based research, here media artist and theorist Michael Betancourt critiques cinematic realism and spatial montage in motion pictures. This new taxonomic framework for conceptualizing linkages between media art and narrative cinema opens new areas of experimentation for today’s film editors, motion designers, and other media artists.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. List of Illustrations
  8. 1 Introduction
    1. Definitions and Scope
    2. The “Image Animation Problem”
    3. The Taxonomic Approach
    4. Affect
    5. Motion Graphics
    6. Scope of Analysis
    7. Notes
  9. 2 Realism
    1. The Long Take
    2. Animation
    3. Abstraction
    4. Montage and Editing
    5. Realism Versus Reality
    6. Simultaneous Action
    7. Notes
  10. 3 Windowing
    1. Conceptual Framework
    2. Multiple Image Compositions
    3. Technological Production
    4. Limited Scope in Manovich’s Theorization
    5. Windowing
      1. Time
      2. Motion
      3. Space
      4. Combinations
    6. Notes
  11. 4 Taxonomy
    1. Time–Motion–Space Displacement
      1. Displacement via Duplication
      2. Displacement via Duration
      3. Displacement via Division (Einbau)
    2. Motion–Space Displacement (Mirroring)
    3. Time–Space Displacement
      1. Multiple Image Juxtaposition (Spatial Montage)
      2. Intermediate Combinations
      3. Single-Image Juxtaposition (Graphic Repetitions)
      4. Iconic Synthesis (Superimposition)
    4. Time–Motion Displacement (Step-Printing)
    5. Interdependence of Types
    6. Notes
  12. 5 Conclusions
    1. Commercial and Noncommercial Forms
    2. Theory and Praxis
    3. Note
  13. Appendix
    1. Semiotics of Morphology and Structure
    2. Application
      1. A Self-Referential Film in 30 Sentences (1994)
      2. Action Movie (1996)
      3. New Movies (2001, 2002)
      4. She, My Memory (2001)
      5. Year (Alchemy Trilogy, Part I) (2003)
      6. Telemetry (Alchemy Trilogy, Part II)
      7. Prima Materia (2006) (Alchemy Trilogy, Part III)
      8. W (2004)
      9. Kaleidoscopsis (2006)
      10. One (2010)
      11. Contact Light (2012)
      12. Antag|Protag (2012)
      13. Dancing Glitch (2013)
      14. Helios|Divine (2013)
      15. The Kodak Moment (2013)
      16. The Dark Rift (2014)
      17. Rey Parlá Orders Pizza (2014)
    3. Aesthetics Are History
  14. Index