A critical analysis of skydiving films through the application of various theoretical frameworks

Hattam, Daniel (2007) A critical analysis of skydiving films through the application of various theoretical frameworks. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation was started to highlight and bring a greater understanding of skydiving films produced internally by the skydiving community and to outline the damaging misrepresentations fostered by Hollywood skydiving films through analysis and comparison. I argue that the mass media has created an undeserved image of skydiving and its participants as dangerous, unhinged, and as having a death wish. It has appropriated visually exciting images of skydiving to create action films with little substance, whereas the little known internally produced skydiving films are beautiful visual displays focusing on the skill and aerial mastery of the participants with a life wish. Additionally, my aim was to also bring into context the macro sphere of similarly styled sports films produced internally by their respective communities, such as surfing, skating, and snow sports. Due to the lack of published work within this specific field literature research has been based around mainstream film theory concerning Hollywood, genre, video production, documentary, and the social issues of film. Using my own position within the skydiving community I draw upon primary sources spanning the range of aerial cinematography expertise from the weekend amateur to the feature professional. Throughout, I juxtapose internally produced skydiving films with Hollywood representations, general documentary, and art cinema in an effort to establish an appropriate critical language to explore the mechanics of their construction and where they are situated in the sphere of visual entertainment. Concluding with other issues that organically grew into the dissertation including issues surrounding the use of film outside of the cinema space, new technologies, and the increasing accessibility of film production to film consumers.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/311

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