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Synthetic Cinema

The 21st-Century Movie Machine

Authors: Dixon, Wheeler Winston

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  • The first book to posit a theory of "synthetic cinema," the cinema of the contemporary film industry that dominates across genres and budgets
  • Offers inside technical information on how the films are made
  • Deals with comic book and fantasy films, and fan input from Comic-Con
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In this book, Wheeler Winston Dixon argues that 21st-century mainstream filmmaking is increasingly and troublingly dominated by "synthetic cinema." He details how movies over the last two decades have fundamentally abandoned traditional filmmaking values through the overwhelming use of computer generated imagery, digital touch ups for the actors, and extensive use of green screen technology that replace sets and location shooting.

Combined with the shift to digital cinematography, as well as the rise of comic book and franchise cinema, the temptation to augment movies with lavish, computer generated spectacle has proven irresistible to both directors and audiences, to the point that, Dixon argues, 21st-century commercial cinema is so far removed from the real world that it has created a new era of flawless, fake movies.

About the authors

Wheeler Winston Dixon is the James Ryan Professor of Film Studies, Coordinator of the Film Studies Program, and Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA. Among his extensive list of books, he is author of three Palgrave Pivot titles: A Brief History of Comic Book Movies (co-authored with Richard Graham, Palgrave, 2017), Hollywood in Crisis or: The Collapse of the Real (Palgrave, 2016), and Dark Humor in Films of the 1960s (Palgrave, 2015).

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-12570-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Synthetic Cinema
Book Subtitle
The 21st-Century Movie Machine
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12571-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12571-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12570-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 91
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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