Landscape (Re)-Visioned

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Abstract (in English): 

Landscape is an integral part of our experience of the moving image. The cinematic landscape can become a protagonist in its own right, imposing its own visceral visual force on the story. Television was long denied this possibility, but new technologies such as high-definition standards and large flat-panel display allow video to embrace the cinematic wideshot and the transcendent landscape. Digital post-production capabilities give moving image artists deep control over this landscape. It develops a plasticity that reflects the artist's goals—either to reflect our own landscapes, or those of a different storyworld drawn from the artist's creativity.

(Source: Author's abstract, 2008 ELO Conference)

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Scott Rettberg