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Grid Face: An analysis of architecture and film

Farro, Naveed (2016) Grid Face: An analysis of architecture and film. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Film is linked to architecture in the way that we perceive space. When we travel the walkway of a city promenade we are experiencing the significance of the space through our visual and spatial awareness, while creating movement through our feet. The renowned architect and theatrical set designer-turned-filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein, believed that the journey through any architectural space is comparable to montage and movement in films, where our eye is similar to the camera (Eisenstein 1938, 116).

This Honours dissertation is an analysis of how architecture has been used in my short dramatic film, Grid Face (Farro 2016), to symbolically represent underlying notions of the narrative as well to support the mood and feel of the story. Within this dissertation I describe Graham Cairns’s ‘cinematographic space’ as a mechanism to understand the impact architecture has on film, and in particular within my film Grid Face. I will also detail how Eisenstein’s paper “Montage and Architecture” (1938) affected specific directorial decisions throughout all stages of production, as well as my overall approach in designing and creating my film to accentuate architectural spaces to maximise narrative and metaphorical impact.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Supervisor(s): McMullan, John
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