Techniques of the Moving Image

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Soundies Jukebox Films and the Shift to Small-Screen Culture

Rutgers University Press

This is the first and only book to position what are called “Soundies” within the broader cultural and technological milieu of the 1940s. Examining the dynamics between Soundies’ short musical films, the Panoram’s film-jukebox technology, their screening spaces and their popular discourse, Kelley provides an integrative approach to historic media exhibition.  

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The Zoom

Drama at the Touch of a Lever

Rutgers University Press

From the queasy zooms in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo to the avant-garde mystery of Michael Snow’s Wavelength, from the excitement of televised baseball to the drama of the political convention, the zoom shot is instantly recognizable and highly controversial. Nick Hall traces the century-spanning history of the zoom lens in American film and television.  

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The Zoom

Drama at the Touch of a Lever

Rutgers University Press

From the queasy zooms in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo to the avant-garde mystery of Michael Snow’s Wavelength, from the excitement of televised baseball to the drama of the political convention, the zoom shot is instantly recognizable and highly controversial. Nick Hall traces the century-spanning history of the zoom lens in American film and television.  

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Making Believe

Screen Performance and Special Effects in Popular Cinema

Rutgers University Press

With the rise of digital effects in cinema the human performer is increasingly the only “real” element on screen. Making Believe sheds new light on screen performance by historicizing it within the context of visual and special effects cinema and technological change in filmmaking, through the silent, early sound, and current digital eras.  
 

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Designing Sound

Audiovisual Aesthetics in 1970s American Cinema

Rutgers University Press

Designing Sound demonstrates how Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, and other groundbreaking American directors of the 1970s possessed not only visionary eyes, but also keen ears that enabled them to take cinematic sound design in innovative directions. Offering detailed case studies of key films and filmmakers, Jay Beck explores how sound design was central to the era’s experimentation with new modes of cinematic storytelling and aesthetic sensibilities, from the lyricism of Terrence Malick to the gritty realism of Martin Scorsese.   

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Shot on Location

Postwar American Cinema and the Exploration of Real Place

Rutgers University Press

Renowned film scholar R. Barton Palmer explores the historical, ideological, economic, and technical developments that led Hollywood filmmakers of the late 1940s and 1950s to increasingly head outside the studio and capture footage of real places. Examining works ranging from Sunset Blvd. to The Searchers, Shot on Location discovers the massive influence that wartime newsreels had on the postwar Hollywood film, as the blurring of the formal boundaries between cinematic journalism and fiction lent a “reality effect” to otherwise implausible stories. 

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