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Nature Records Itself: Concepts of Truth and Representation in Nature Film and Nature Television Shows

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Date Issued:
2016
Abstract/Description:
With the advent of nature photography and film came new ways to understand and interpret the natural world. Prior to the 1910s these formats involved a more scientific and objective approach to recording nature. This aesthetic was abandoned in favor for narrative recreations and Hollywood structure after the 1930s. It is my belief that the dominant use of anthropomorphization, manipulations of setting and animal life, and rugged explorer motifs, all have lead to a loss of a more contemplative and meditative appreciation of nature within the Nature television and film format. It is my goal to explore through a series of videos how one can more naturally represent a setting through the use of perspective and compositional framing, matching the natural rhythms of a setting through editing and motion, and being conscious of the viewers sense of placement in a space. I intend to visually demonstrate how a more organic, situated, and less Hollywood-style of interpreting nature can lead to a deeper and more meaningful appreciation of it.
Title: Nature Records Itself: Concepts of Truth and Representation in Nature Film and Nature Television Shows.
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Name(s): Rosalle, Rashaad, Author
Peters, Philip, Committee Chair
Adams, JoAnne, Committee CoChair
Dierdorff, Brooks, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: With the advent of nature photography and film came new ways to understand and interpret the natural world. Prior to the 1910s these formats involved a more scientific and objective approach to recording nature. This aesthetic was abandoned in favor for narrative recreations and Hollywood structure after the 1930s. It is my belief that the dominant use of anthropomorphization, manipulations of setting and animal life, and rugged explorer motifs, all have lead to a loss of a more contemplative and meditative appreciation of nature within the Nature television and film format. It is my goal to explore through a series of videos how one can more naturally represent a setting through the use of perspective and compositional framing, matching the natural rhythms of a setting through editing and motion, and being conscious of the viewers sense of placement in a space. I intend to visually demonstrate how a more organic, situated, and less Hollywood-style of interpreting nature can lead to a deeper and more meaningful appreciation of it.
Identifier: CFE0006490 (IID), ucf:51393 (fedora)
Note(s): 2016-12-01
M.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Visual Arts and Design
Masters
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Subject(s): nature -- nature film -- nature tv -- projection -- art -- media -- cape canaveral -- florida -- muybridge -- national parks -- mosquito lagoon -- les stroud -- entropy
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0006490
Restrictions on Access: public 2016-12-15
Host Institution: UCF

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