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End of Celluloid: Film Futures in the Digital Age [Paperback]

Matt Hanson
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October 10, 2004 2880467837 978-2880467838 0
A gorgeously designed digital manifesto that understands how evolving technology can revitalise 'cinematic' storytelling Empire

The End of Celluloid is a book that will change the way you see film. Arguing that filmmaking is being superseded by a spectrum of moving image, it extends the range of what we think of as filmmaking. It explores the latest in digital film and new forms of 'advanced moving image', highlighting the most exciting and innovative examples of this entertainment.

It includes commentary on highly regarded filmmakers and those starting to make an impact who are influencing this next generation of filmmaking. The book presents an insight into these new styles infiltrating the mainstream, taking in film, animation, FMV and machinima (computer gaming animations), digital tv, pop promos, websites, PDA and PVP devices.

Unlike other books that look at these singular areas, The End of Celluloid joins the dots between these disciplines, offering visual cues and stimulation, with authoritative commentary suggesting directions for future and possible evolutionary paths.

Moving imagemakers from all disciplines are redefining the rules of film. The End of Celluloid features works by artists including: Jonas àkerlund (Spun), Matthew Barney (The Cremaster Cycle), Danny Boyle (28 Days Later), Chris Cunningham (Flex, Windowlicker), Mike Figgis (Hotel, Timecode), Grant Gee (Meeting People is Easy), Peter Greenaway (The Tulse Luper Suitcases), Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid series), David Lynch (Rabbits, The Third Place), Koji Morimoto (Noiseman Sound Insect), Hideo Nakata (Ringu), Marc Evans (My Little Eye), Mamoru Oshii (Avalon), Bill Viola (The Greeting, The Passions), Andy & Larry Wachowski (Animatrix, Enter the Matrix, The Matrix trilogy)


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From the fluid merging of 'real' filmed and imagined digital spaces of The Matrix, the layering of fact and fiction in modified gaming worlds such as 9-11 Survivor, and the alchemic fusion of fine art and moving image in Matthew Barney's evocative Cremaster Cycle, THE END OF CELLULOID charts a journey across cinematic boundaries.

About the Author

Matt Hanson is an authority on digital film and contemporary trends in moving image, named as an æinternational film visionaryÆ by Screen International magazine. In 1996, he founded the UK digital film festival onedotzero: 'Probably the most influential film festival of the early 21st century' (The Guardian, UK). He currently runs V.I.A., based in Brighton, UK, pioneering moving image projects. He has produced numerous digital films, tv series and hybrid VJ/live film performances.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: RotoVision (October 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2880467837
  • ISBN-13: 978-2880467838
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.9 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By talos72
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With the recent slump in the box office receipts, Matt Hanson's book is highly poignant. In it, the author surveys various film-makers on the cutting edge of experimentation as they try to redefine and push the boundaries of the artform. The likes of Matthew Barney and Koji Morimoto (of the Akira fame) receive their dues. Furthermore, Hanson also pays particular attention to how the evolution of the latest video games are influencing the film media as the line between games and films blurs.

I highly recommend this book along with Hanson's more recently published book "Sci-fi Cityscapes". Matt Hanson is an eloquent writer with razor sharp power of observation. I find his book very satisfying to read because of both his practical informative and philosophical style of writing, not to mention the wealth of illustrations that fill his books.
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I purchased this book used, in great condition. It's really a coffee table book that upon viewing is prone for a conversation starter of what is and what is to be soon. The photos and illustrations within are well worth the price. I have skimmed through this book several times now, seeing something new each time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The end of celluloid May 29, 2012
I think they are insecure about the fact that digital doesn't look great to everyone and it's just ones and zeros. Films are tangible originals that digital helps us edit and see. You can't replace tangible art with ones and zeros.
It didn't happen in audio analogue recording so I don't know why they think it's going to? Weird
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