ABSTRACT This article investigates a new cinematic spatial dialectics enabled by digital special effects. Focusing on blockbuster films from a range of genres (martial arts, disaster, comic-book, and science-fiction films), it approaches digitally enhanced ““verticality”” as a mode of cinematic representation designed to exploit the visual pleasures of power and powerlessness.
Tales of Upward Mobility: The New Verticality and Digital Special Effects
KRISTEN WHISSEL is Assistant Professor in the Film Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Her book, Picturing American Modernity: Traffic, Technology, and the Silent American Cinema is forthcoming from Duke University Press. She is currently working on a book on contemporary cinema and digital special effects.
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Kristen Whissel; Tales of Upward Mobility: The New Verticality and Digital Special Effects. Film Quarterly 1 June 2006; 59 (4): 23–34. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2006.59.4.23
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