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3D Cinematic Aesthetics and Storytelling

Authors: Liu, Yong

  • Provides a comprehensive discussion on 3D cinematic storytelling and aesthetics 
  • Analyses digital 3D films that represent the current 3D wave, including Up (2009), Life of Pi (2012) and Gravity (2013)
  • Presents a timely contribution to new fields of media aesthetics and narrative researchIncludes comparative examination of 2D and 3D visual ontology
  • Engagingly written and appeals to media scholars, students, professionals and policy-makers interested in media production and theory 
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About this book

This book argues that 3D films are becoming more sophisticated in utilising stereoscopic effects for storytelling purposes. Since Avatar (2009), we have seen a 3D revival marked by its integration with new digital technologies. With this book, the author goes beyond exploring 3D’s spectacular graphics and considers how 3D can be used to enhance visual storytelling. The chapters include visual comparisons between 2D and 3D to highlight their respective narrative features; an examination of the narrative tropes and techniques used by contemporary 3D filmmakers; and a discussion of the narrative implications brought by the coexistence of flatness and depth in 3D visuality. In demonstrating 3D cinematic aesthetics and storytelling, Yong Liu analyses popular films such as Hugo (2011), Life of Pi (2012), Gravity (2013), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013, and The Great Gatsby (2013). The book is an investigation into contemporary forms of stereoscopic storytelling derived from a unique, long-existing mode of cinematic illusions. 

About the authors

Yong Liu is Assistant Professor in Design & Creative Industry at University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei. He publishes extensively on 3D cinematic aesthetics, digital storytelling and Chinese movie industry.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Stereoscopic Narrative, Spectacle, and 3D Ontology

    Liu, Yong

    Pages 1-10

  • From ‘Dimensional Effects’ to Digital 3D Cinema

    Liu, Yong

    Pages 11-41

  • From ‘Redemption of Physical Reality’ to ‘Recreation of Perceptual (Hyper)reality’

    Liu, Yong

    Pages 43-75

  • Stereoscopic Timespaces: Directionality, Dimensionality and Temporality

    Liu, Yong

    Pages 77-111

  • Volumetric Dramaturgy: Staging Drama in Depth

    Liu, Yong

    Pages 113-140

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72742-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72741-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
3D Cinematic Aesthetics and Storytelling
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72742-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72742-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72741-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 217
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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