I am reading Lev Manovich’s book The Language of New Media and I came across one of his ideas about film:
“Cinema is the art of the index; it is an attempt to make art out of a footprint,” (295).
These sentences provide a very interesting break down of what film is about. His perception of film as a collection of frames recording reality, which could be stylistically enhanced by a careful and sophisticated use of technical elements, is very refreshing.
The short video we watched in class is a clear example of this idea. The use of images to tell a story, the incorporation of sound, multiple screens, they all aim to communicate a specific feeling and thought based on reproducing reality.
Manovich’s breakdown of modern cinematic means reveals a demystified approach to this medium.
Margaret M. Roidi