Left or Right? Directing Lateral Movement in Film

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Vernon Press, Mar 2, 2021 - Performing Arts - 248 pages

‘Left or Right? Directing Lateral Movement in Film’ offers an in-depth analysis of film, television, and new media directing from a perspective of clearly articulated directorial concept linked to the placement and movement of performers in shot design. This book strives to demonstrate the mechanism of directional bias and how the effects of perceptual mechanisms can help film directors and image-makers to control, regulate, and modify the viewer’s perception of characters and story movement, ultimately leading to higher quality creations.


This highly hands-on, practical book provides novel insights into the significance of laterality effects, equipping film directors, and image-makers who want to create aesthetically valuable and well-crafted visual products with functional tools to employ. The book also examines lateral organization in regard to biological sex, gender identity, class, races, ethnicity, religions, and age in LGBTQ+ films and porn cinema.


‘Left or Right? Directing Lateral Movement in Film’ holds broad appeal from experiences directors or cinematographers with an established body of work to students working to understand the language of cinema. It will also appeal to film and media theorists, as well as teachers of visual arts education.

 

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Contents

PARTI
1
RULES
19
FILM DIRECTOR
29
FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE LATERAL
43
RESEARCH PROJECT
57
PART II
67
SYMPATHETIC VS UNSYMPATHETIC
81
DIRECTIONALITY OF MOVEMENT
87
CHARACTER CONTEMPLATES THE PAST
115
CHARACTER CONTEMPLATES THE FUTURE
117
LATERAL DIRECTIONALITY AND
133
PART III
143
LGBTQ+ CINEMA
163
DIRECTIONAL CONCEPT OF LATERALITY
187
EPILOGUE
199
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
205

PURSUING AND ACHIEVING GOALS
101
RETURNING HOME
109
INDEX
211
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About the author (2021)

Lubomir Kocka has held the position of Professor of Film and Television at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) since 2002 and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television from the College of Muse and Dramatic Arts, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. A native of Slovakia, Kocka is an award-winning director of nine feature films, seven TV series and miniseries, and over a dozen television dramas. His feature films include ‘Fallacies of Our Traditional Morale’ (1989) and ‘Aphrodite’ (1993), and the film ‘The Lunch Box’ he produced was the winner in the Narrative category for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 37th Annual Student Academy Awards in 2010. Kocka has previously published on the subject of film, television and new media directing in his innovative book ‘Directing the Narrative and Shot Design: The Art and Craft of Directing’ (Vernon Press, 2018).