Uncomposed: unconventional cinematographic composition in cinema and television

Maddock, Daniel ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2746-9098 (2018) Uncomposed: unconventional cinematographic composition in cinema and television. Australian Art Education, 39 (2). pp. 268-287. ISSN 1032-1942

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The rules of composition for cinematography are an entrenched system of mathematical frame division that have remained unquestioned since the advent of the cinema medium. The rules have become convention to a point that, when broken, the result appears radical and stark to both critics and viewers. This article explores several of the leading examples of unconventional composition in the contemporary cinema and television drama genre, including Tom Hooper's 'The King's Speech' (2010) and 'The Danish Girl' (2015), and, briefly, the television series Mr. Robot (Esmail, 2015). The author compares the use of composition in these media to the use of it by the painters Edward Hopper and Vilhelm Hammershoi to suggest that the industrialisation of cinema has restricted the ability of filmmakers to experiment with the form.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Australian Institute of Art Education. No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit of Submitted version. The Submitted version of this article, as made available here, differs in title from the final Published version, as cited in this record.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 00:21
Last Modified: 11 May 2022 03:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: cinema, cinematography, conventional composition, composition, framing, rule of thirds, unconventional composition, television
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360501 Cinema studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34996

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