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Making Believe

Screen Performance and Special Effects in Popular Cinema

Lisa Bode (author)

ISBN: 9780813579979

Publication Date: Jul 2017

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

In the past twenty years, we have seen the rise of digital effects cinema in which the human performer is entangled with animation, collaged with other performers, or inserted into perilous or fantastic situations. Making Believe sheds light on these developments by historicizing screen performance within the context of special effects cinema and technological change in Hollywood filmmaking.
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In the past twenty years, we have seen the rise of digital effects cinema in which the human performer is entangled with animation, collaged with other performers, or inserted into perilous or fantastic situations and scenery. Making Believe sheds new light on these developments by historicizing screen performance within the context of visual and special effects cinema and technological change in Hollywood filmmaking, through the silent, early sound, and current digital eras.
 
Making Believe incorporates North American film reviews and editorials, actor and crew interviews, trade and fan magazine commentary, actor training manuals, and film production publicity materials to discuss the shifts in screen acting practice and philosophy around transfiguring makeup, doubles, motion capture, and acting to absent places or characters. Along the way it considers how performers and visual and special effects crew work together, and struggle with the industry, critics, and each other to define the aesthetic value of their work, in an industrial system of technological reproduction. Bode opens our eyes to the performing illusions we love and the tensions we experience in wanting to believe in spite of our knowledge that it is all make believe in the end.
Illustrations 19 photographs
Language English
Pages 218
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2017
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Techniques of the Moving Image
Subject/s Films, cinema   Media studies   Acting techniques   Film theory & criticism   Television technology  

Introduction
 

1 Acting Through Machines: Fidelity and Expression from Cameras to Mo-Cap

2 Behind Rubber and Pixels: Mimesis, Seamlessness, and Acting Achievement

3 In Another�s Skin: Typecasting, Identity, and the Limits of Proteanism

4 Double Trouble: Authenticity, Fakery, and Concealed Performance Labor

5 Performing with Themselves: Versatility, Timing, and Nuance in Multiple Roles

6 There Is No There There: Making Believe in Composite Screen Space
 

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Lisa Bode is a lecturer in film and television studies at the University of Queensland.

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