The Subjective Viewer: The Artistic Presence of DVD in Filmmaking and Spectatorship

Elizabeth Lulis
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DVDs have now become an entirely new form of media that influences not only the post production marketing of films but also the preproduction creative and artistic decisions made by a director. The creators of film currently have to consider the role the private viewer will have on the film — there is a subjective approach fostered by the DVD that does not allow a director to delegate with total control the affect a film will have on the audience. Because of the DVD, film has grown beyond the photographic or projection paradigm — it still includes such conventional models — but there is a now a closer connection to computer or gaming technology. It has been made obvious in just the last few years that DVDs have changed cinema and the manner in which one view's film, but I would like to assert that because of the benefits of DVD, directors are able to create works that are specifically made with private viewers in mind — works that require one to reconstruct the sequence, works that allow one to deeply immerse themselves into the heart of the film through close one-on-one director instruction and works that no longer attempt to become a narrative window into another world. directors assume to have an ideal viewer in mind, one who is able to look beyond the apparatus and into the art of the film by linking narrative themes to the surreal and nonlinear worlds — worlds not controlled or fixed by time, projection or screens — a spectator that antiquates the belief in a public, homogeneous nonentity-type viewer.

Keywords: Subjective filming and DVD
Stream: Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Subjective Viewer, The

Elizabeth Lulis

English Teacher, Grosse Pointe North High School

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