The emotions of a lens

: A STUDY ON CINEMATOGRAPHY AND CASE STUDIES ON THE CINEMATOGRAPHER’S ROLE IN THE CINEMATOGRAPHIC DISCOURSE OF A NARRATIVE FILM

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Abstract

The storytelling power of cinematography is little understood outside the practice of filmmakers. Therefore, to research the experiential knowledge of the workings of cinematography and its perception by the viewer is a novel contribution to the field of film studies. Vittorio Storaro (1995) describes cinematography as writing with light but in general cinematography is confused with cinematic technique. During this dissertation, we will argue that cinematography writes the story visually in motion, to be perceived by the viewer. Two pathways will be followed: one is to develop the theoretical framework to understand the impact of cinematography and the other is to describe the role of a cinematographer during film production. Very broadly put it answers two questions: What is cinematography? What is the role of the cinematographer?
Date of Award2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Ghent University
SupervisorSofie Van Bauwel (Promotor) & Kenneth Feinstein (Co-promotor)

Keywords

  • Cinematography

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