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Title: The phantom referent : perceptual realism in cinema
Authors: Boh, Aloysius Chee Kai
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication::Visual communication
DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication::Visual literacy
DRNTU::Visual arts and music::Film::Criticism
DRNTU::Visual arts and music::Film::Digital
DRNTU::Visual arts and music::Photography
DRNTU::Visual arts and music::Film
DRNTU::Visual arts and music::Painting
DRNTU::Social sciences::Psychology::Affection and emotion
DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media::Broadcasting::Motion pictures and films::Film theory and criticism
DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media::Media effects
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: We live in an age where photorealistic objects in films do not necessarily have physical referents — look no further than the dinosaurs in Jurassic World (2015), and the wormhole in Interstellar (2014). Every living person has neither seen dinosaurs in the flesh, nor an actual wormhole. Yet when people watch Jurassic World or Interstellar, their typical response (“That looks so real!”) to the on-screen dinosaurs or wormhole is an implicit attempt to locate real-world referents of the aforementioned cinematic objects where there are, physically speaking, none. If we are to retain this persisting intuition that there is an indexical relationship between the photograph and the photographed object in the context of films like Jurassic World and Interstellar, then a new type of referent has to be posited — and it is what I call the “phantom referent”. Basically, my thesis offers an ontology of the phantom referent. Since I employed a qualitative and critical approach in writing this paper, my critiques and defences of arguments from various primary texts on film theory and philosophy of film, and my generalisation of everyday experiences constitute my theoretical stance.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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