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21st-Century Hollywood

Movies in the Era of Transformation

Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

Publication Year: 2011

They are shot on high-definition digital cameras—with computer-generated effects added in postproduction—and transmitted to theaters, websites, and video-on-demand networks worldwide. They are viewed on laptop, iPod, and cell phone screens. They are movies in the 21st century—the product of digital technologies that have revolutionized media production, content distribution, and the experience of moviegoing itself.

21st-Century Hollywood introduces readers to these global transformations and describes the decisive roles that Hollywood is playing in determining the digital future for world cinema. It offers clear, concise explanations of a major paradigm shift that continues to reshape our relationship to the moving image. Filled with numerous detailed examples, the book will both educate and entertain film students and movie fans alike.

Published by: Rutgers University Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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The authors wish to thank Leslie Mitchner, of Rutgers University Press, for commissioning this project; our colleagues at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, . . .

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CHAPTER ONE: The Digital Century

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pp. 3-39

There can be no doubt that the digitization of the moving image has radically and irrevocably altered the phenomenon that we call the cinema and that . . .

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CHAPTER TWO: Constructing an Audience

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pp. 40-86

In the 21st century, filmgoers use the movies as a means of escape. Films that challenge the viewer or are hard to decode are often unsuccessful. . . .

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CHAPTER THREE: The Globalization of the Moving Image

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pp. 87-123

While Holly wood, with its vast technical resources and its perceived dominance of commercial cinema continues on a global scale, the massive effort . . .

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CHAPTER FOUR: The New Auteurs

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pp. 124-166

The concept of the director as primary creator of a fi lm or video has changed in the 21st century. While some cling to the old idea of one person directing . . .

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CHAPTER FIVE: The Moving Image Is Everywhere

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pp. 167-189

While the traditional platforms of movie distribution and reception may be vanishing and transforming, audiences are rapidly adjusting to viewing . . .


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pp. 191-208


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pp. 209-219

E-ISBN-13: 9780813551982
E-ISBN-10: 0813551986
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813551241
Print-ISBN-10: 0813551242

Page Count: 232
Illustrations: 20 photographs
Publication Year: 2011

OCLC Number: 777375646
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Subject Headings

  • Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
  • Motion picture industry -- Technological innovations.
  • Digital cinematography.
  • Digital media -- Influence.
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