Film’s place among the visual arts has been debated at great length. Less documented is the interchange between film and the other visual arts, and it is the nature of this cross-pollination, not its validity, that this forthcoming edited collection is intended to frame. Cinema’s relationship with, and even reliance upon, the other visual arts, whether for subject matter, inter-textual promotion or graphic design, is central to our understanding and appreciation of the medium. Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts aims to chart these intersections to consider the cinematic experience as a discourse with the other arts.
The book project stems from the three-day International Film Conference ‘Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts’, held at the University of Winchester, 4th – 6th September 2009. The conference was a great success, stimulating in-depth debate, attracting over 70 attendees from an international range of universities, including Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Turkey and the USA. The chapters that are currently being developed have been selected specifically as central to the book’s themes and lines of enquiry. Together they represent an exciting variety of topics, films and contexts, and a diversity of ‘visual arts’ including, but not limited to, posters, paintings, production design, the photonovel, comic books and photography. In combination they chart the complex mutual dependency of cinema and the other visual arts, whilst individually, the chapters establish artistically, culturally and historically specific interconnections.
Dr Steven Allen and Dr Laura Hubner