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Discovering Short Films

The History and Style of Live-Action Fiction Shorts

Authors: Felando, C.

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As film history's oldest and one of today's most prominent forms, the live-action short film has both historical and contemporary significance. Felando discusses the historical significance of the short film, identifies the fiction short's conventions, and offers two general research categories: the classical short and the art short.

About the authors

Cynthia Felando is Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

Reviews

"Films started out short, and short films - from television commercials and episodes, to music videos, to cartoons, to YouTube embeds, to instructional material - dominate our lives. Almost all serious film criticism has been about full-length movies, but perhaps because we just don't notice enough our own immersion in the culture of the short. Felando's book - erudite, subtle, careful, persuasive, and insightful - shows how one category of short film (live action fiction film) can become art, akin to the short story in literature, and how, like any art, it uses all the cultural resources at its command to do exciting and unprecedented things. Discovering Short Films is of single importance, not only because it notices a new form of art, one based on visual and narrative experiences so central to our lives that we never give them a second thought, but also because of the wealth of knowledge, insight, and critical guidance it offers us." - William Flesch, Brandeis University, USA


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Felando, Cynthia

    Pages 1-17

  • Shorts and Film History: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of the Short Film

    Felando, Cynthia

    Pages 19-43

  • Short Film Specificity: Narrative Compression, Unity, Character, and Endings

    Felando, Cynthia

    Pages 45-63

  • Storytelling and Style: The Classical Short

    Felando, Cynthia

    Pages 65-93

  • Storytelling and Style: The Art Short

    Felando, Cynthia

    Pages 95-134

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-48436-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-48847-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Discovering Short Films
Book Subtitle
The History and Style of Live-Action Fiction Shorts
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48436-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137484369
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48847-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 195
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