The Light in the Dark

The Evolution, Mechanics, and Purpose of Cinema (First Edition)
Edited by Michael Peter Bolus
©2020, 246 pages

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    Through an engaging and enlightening selection of readings and articles, The Light in the Dark: The Evolution, Mechanics, and Purpose of Cinema investigates cinema from a variety of diverse perspectives. The anthology explores the technical aspects of the filmmaking process, the ways in which certain elements of cinema are creatively combined toward emotional and intellectual effect, and the myriad ways cinema both interacts with and reflects culture.

    The opening chapter is comprised of readings that examine the nature and origin of cinematic technique, speaking to its early development as both a commercial and artistic endeavor. The second chapter reviews the core components of filmmaking, including mise-en-scène, editing, sound design, acting, and shot composition. In the final chapter, students explore film in cultural context. The readings examine particular stages in cinema’s evolution, the role and implications of complex gender constructs, and the manner in which race and racial tensions have manifested themselves in filmic narratives.

    A highly contemporary and accessible anthology, The Light in the Dark is an excellent resource for courses in filmmaking and film studies.

    Michael Peter Bolus is the CEO of MEANSTREET Productions, a founding partner of the educational consulting firm CampusPro Group, the department chair of the Liberal Arts Program at The Los Angeles Film School, and a professor of film studies at Santa Monica College. He holds a Ph.D. in theatre studies from the City University of New York Graduate Center and a master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University. He is the author of Aesthetics and the Cinematic Narrative: An Introduction (Anthem Press), and his articles, interviews, and criticism have appeared in a wide array of academic and scholarly journals.
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