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Semiotica

Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2015, Issue 207

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Film space as mental space

Silvana Dunat
Published Online: 2015-07-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0039

Abstract

This paper explores the hypothesis that the three-dimensionality and continuity of film space is a mental construct based on our perception of the images projected on the screen and our knowledge of/about the world and our knowledge of/about film. Starting from Alberti’s (1804 [1435]) visual pyramid as a geometric representation of the vision of a stationary observer, such as a painter, and Gardies’ (1993) mirror ball representing the vision of a dynamic spectator, such as a camera, the paper proposes a new schema aiming to explain how the three spaces – real, virtual, and mental – participate in the construction of film meaning.

Keywords: film space; mental space; off-screen; visual pyramid; cognitive metaphor; camera-eye

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Published Online: 2015-07-17

Published in Print: 2015-10-01


Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2015, Issue 207, Pages 475–487, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0039.

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