John Andrew Berton Jr.

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Most Recent Affiliation:

  • Drexel University

Art Paper Reviewer:


  • Trompe I'Oeil II
    Trompe I'Oeil II
    [Sally Pryor]
    [SIGGRAPH 1985
  • Writings and Presentations:

    • Title: Film Theory for the Digital World: Connecting the Masters to the New Digital Cinema
      Writing Type: Paper
      Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1990: Digital Image-Digital Cinema
      Abstract Summary:

      This article examines the role that theories of photographic cinema play in the criticism of digital cinema. The theories of Georges Melies, Vachel Lindsay, Lev Kuleshov, Andre Bazin and Rudolf Arnheim-critics, theoreticians and filmmakers, the key-stones of this work-have proven pertinent to the advancing technology of other cinematic forms. Their ideas have applicability to specific aspects of digital cinema, including the manipulation of illusory space, discrete and explicit control of cinematic elements, the transformation of world spaces into screen space and the role of realistic imagery in determining the content of a cinematic work. Parallels can be drawn between the ideas of these theorists, most of whom wrote during the infancy of photographic cinema, on the developing state of film and that of current digital cinema.

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