Between Depth and Flatness: Shaping Stereoscopic Ontologies
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In contrast to the consistent focus on stereoscopic depth throughout the previous chapters, this chapter returns to the question of flatness. Here, I focus on deliberate deployments of flatness within the context of 3D imagery. I argue that such deployments of flatness in contemporary digital 3D cinema are primarily determined by narrative aims: they allow for the delineation and definition of characters, spaces and dramatic moments. Subsequently, I categorise the application of flatness in digital 3D cinema into four modes: remediation, juxtaposition, morph and synthesis. Each of these modes serves different narrative ends, working in different ways to complement or contrast with stereoscopic depth. Ultimately, I argue that the alternation or layering of flatness and depth enhances narrative by highlighting the dramatic and ontological qualities of characters and spaces.
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