So, it’s been a while. What have I been up to? Well, in short I have been writing my thesis. Actually there is nothing short about it. Not the time it is taking to write it, the length of the produced material, or the time I still foresee it taking to finish. However, I have a deadline (end of December) and a schedule that I am, mostly, sticking to so I guess that is all I can do. The act of writing the thesis is actually quite enjoyable. It is really satisfying to finally put in to words the ideas I have had throughout my PhD and take time to research the questions that have always been in the back of my mind. Some of the topics I have already written about are: before the second World War to initiate the drama. The cinematography and score of Nirgendwo are absolutely beautiful. Wah-Wah captured some of the beauty of the African landscape but Nirgendwo really caught its soul.
- Continuity editing rules and their evolution
- The Kuleshov Effect
- Pudovkin’s Constructive Editing
- Eisenstein’s Dialectical Montage
- Facial Expression perception
- Distribution of attention about a dynamic visual scene
- Matched Exit/Entrance cuts
- Cuing and Expecting a cut
- Attention and the cut
- Eye movements
- Saccadic Suppression
- How to empirically investigate film perception
- As well as describing my first experiment.
This may sound like a lot but some of the sections are only partially complete and there are still a lot of other topics to address. I am going to have to be super productive over the next few months. I’ll try my best to keep the blog updated with my progress as I get closer to completion.
However, this period of intense writing will have to be temporarily put on hold whilst I attend the European Conference of Visual Perception (ECVP). The conference is being held in A Coruna,
So that’s where I’ll be for the next week and I’ll try and blog the conference on my return.
On an completely unconnected note, the Edinburgh International Film festival (http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/) opened last night with Richard E. Grant’s autobiographical ‘Wah-Wah’. It was a wonderful film to open the film festival: very satisfying, finely crafted and acted, and very, very British in a way that British film rarely is. It concentrated on the disintegration of the
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