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dc.contributor.advisorJohnston, Ross
dc.contributor.authorHorner, Lindsay Kinlock
dc.date.available2013-11-20T19:50:47Z
dc.date.copyright2013
dc.identifier.citationHorner, L. K. (2013). Making the Abstract Tangible: Computer Generated Images and the Science Documentary (Thesis, Master of Science Communication). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4466en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/4466
dc.description.abstractDocumentary is an ever-developing genre and has undergone significant changes in the last two decades due to the influence of digital technologies. Advancements in these technologies now allow for the rapid creation of relatively low-cost Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). This is a totally new tool for documentary filmmakers, a tool which has enhanced their ability to make highly abstract concepts tangible for their audiences. This new ability has enabled filmmakers to tackle topics which may have been previously deemed too difficult for documentary, and have given audiences new insight into various scientific subjects. However, this new ability has also had certain negative consequences. In some cases CGI my not be the best communicative tool for a filmmaker to use. Furthermore, the stylistic decisions that filmmakers make to determine the look and feel of a CGI piece can mislead their audience and distort the truth. Through the analysis of several documentaries which make extensive use of CGI, as well as my Science Communication Masters Thesis film Coming Clean, a better understanding of these consequences will be developed. Additionally, some guidelines for documentary filmmakers will be proposed. These guidelines will assist producers and directors to make informed decisions about how and why CGI should be used in a science documentary.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectdocumentary
dc.subjectfilmmaking
dc.subjectcgi
dc.subjectcomputer generated imagery
dc.subjectmotion graphics
dc.subjectscience communication
dc.titleMaking the Abstract Tangible: Computer Generated Images and the Science Documentary
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2013-11-20T03:53:08Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineFactual Filmmaking
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science Communication
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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