Drawing on a variety of popular films, includingAvatar, Enter the Void, Fight Club, The Matrix, Speed Racer, X-MenandWar of the Worlds,Supercinemastudies the ways in which digital special effects and editing techniques require a new theoretical framework in order to be properly understood. Here William Brown proposes that while analogue cinema often tried to hide the technological limitations of its creation through ingenious methods, digital cinema hides its technological omnipotence through the use of continued conventions more suited to analogue cinema, in a way that is analogous to that of Superman hiding his powers behind the persona of Clark Kent. Locating itself on the cusp of film theory, film-philosophy and cognitive approaches to cinema,Supercinemaalso looks at the relationship between the spectator and film that utilizes digital technology to maximum, 'supercinematic' effect.
Subjects: Film Studies
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