Visual Techniques By Narinder Schoeling
First let me tell you what a contemporary film is.
It stress on close-ups of hands, feet,
and props in dynamic relation to the actors.
In intensified continuity, the face is privileged,
especially the mouth and eyes.
If hands are used, they are typically brought up toward the head,
to be in that crucial medium shot or close-up.
Eyes have always been central to Hollywood
cinema, but usually they were accompanied by cues emanating from the body.
could express emotion through posture, stance, carriage, placement of arms, and even the angling
of the feet.
Actors knew how to rise from chairs without using their hands to leverage
themselves, to pour drinks steadily for many seconds, to give away nervousness by letting a
Physiques should be beefed-up, and semi-nude is more frankly exposed than
ever before, but they seldom acquire grace or emotional significance.
What specific visual film techniques do you see utilized in contemporary television?
Contemporary television no longer seeks to conceal the darker side of the American land of
Instead of promoting the foundational myths of America these shows are firmly rooted
in a violent, often nihilistic contemporary world.
The open form of contemporary shows,
Hill Street Blues
, "is characterized by dynamic narrative structures with
multiple centre" (Mazdon & Hammond, 2005).
Even though the strategy of presenting an
action-hero, the federal agent Jack Bauer, who sometimes needs to be bad in order to do well,
might be called subversive.
complies with the contemporary ideology by reinforcing the
audience's fears of terrorist attacks.
is one of those rare instances when ideological
conformism is wrapped in an unconventional, innovative format.
, is set in the industrial age that focus on working-class relations in a
Manchester factory, the issue-based show that premiered in 2000.
Is show could be seen as a
twenty-first century version of 1960s realist television.
In this show social problems arising out