Cinema expression : morphology of the contemporary tale

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Thesis
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2007
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The general understanding of the term ‘morphology’ is that it refers to the form and structure of something and implies changing characteristics, rather than a fixed entity. Within the primary ambit of this research, morphology refers specifically to the contemporary tale as found in narrative filmic texts and as demonstrated in the works Moonfall, Inside Venus and Slam. Supporting the creative research component of these cinematic texts, is the exegesis; and it similarly, is not a defined entity, but more an arbitrary articulation of some of the theoretical and practical concerns that have circulated and helped inform the research and development of the creative works. The creative component consists of three screenplays and a short feature film Moonfall. The stories were inspired by actual events. The development of the scripts relied on practitioner- research enquiry, contextualized by the conventions of genre and determined by the exigency of low-budget film production. A DVD copy of Moonfall is included in Part A and the screenplays Slam and Inside Venus, at different stages of development, are appended for reference. The exegetical writing contained in Part B is organized in sections across a range of material that relates to research, film theory, psychoanalysis and praxis. Insights that have emerged in my practice-based research, illuminated aspects of the discourse and through recursion, became relevant to the production of the creative works. This process of circular causality denies primacy to any specific text. This exegesis is not a definitive compendium nor is it intended to present an argument or explicitly frame the content of the works and how they should be received. The cinema expression, implicit in the screenplays, is made apparent by the viewers response to the film and is entirely subjective and appropriate. [PRODUCTION NOTE: DVD may be consulted at UTS Library. The film trailer can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic8wkyaWuDg.]
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