A New/Old Ontology of Film

Rafe McGregor

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    The purpose of this paper is to examine the ontological effects of digital technology, and determine whether digital films, traditional films, and pre-traditional motion pictures belong to the same category.  I begin by defining the parameters of my inquiry, and then consider the two most significant consequences of the new technology. §2 proposes a decisive refutation of the causal relationship between reality and photography. §3 identifies an end to the dominance of photorealistic film over animation, and argues for an inversion of that relationship, whereby animation is paramount. Finally, I consider the implications of these consequences for film ontology, compare theories, and conclude in favour of Berys Gaut, for whom digital film is the latest incarnation of a history of moving pictures that stretches back for centuries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)265-280
    Number of pages16
    JournalFilm Philosophy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2013


    • Ontology
    • Motion Picture
    • Photography
    • digital
    • representation
    • Berys Gaut


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