The Cinematic Footprint

The Cinematic Footprint

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Film is often used to represent the natural landscape and, increasingly, to communicate environmentalist messages. Yet behind even todaya€™s a€œgreena€ movies are ecologically unsustainable production, distribution, and consumption processes. Noting how seemingly immaterial moving images are supported by highly durable resource-dependent infrastructures, The Cinematic Footprint traces the history of how the a€œhydrocarbon imaginationa€ has been central to the development of film as a medium. Nadia Bozaka€™s innovative fusion of film studies and environmental studies makes provocative connections between the disappearance of material resources and the emergence of digital mediaa€”with examples ranging from early cinema to Dziga Vertova€™s prescient eye, from Chris Markera€™s analog experiments to the digital work of AgnAus Varda, James Benning, and Zacharias Kunuk. Combining an analysis of cinema technology with a sensitive consideration of film aesthetics, The Cinematic Footprint offers a new perspective on moving images and the natural resources that sustain them.Digital data is underwritten not only by the physicality of its hardware; the images digital cameras capture and store are by association ... As was the case of analog video in the 1960s and 1970s, the lower price point of digital technology ushers in not only greater access ... the resta€a€”finds its contemporary equivalent in the digital camera; the capacity to erase and thus repair an image defines the digital asanbsp;...

Title:The Cinematic Footprint
Author:Nadia Bozak
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2011-10-28


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