The Ontology of Film is a middle category home to work on
the nature of film. The question, What is film? has received fairly little
attention. There is some controversy about what should fall under the category,
but more agree that 'film' applies to far more than celluloid. Philosophers
have been more concerned with aspects of film. Three question structure much of
the discussion: (1) Do mainstream movies have authors? Or more specifically, is
it appropriate to call a single person, or some very small group of people, the
author of a mainstream movie? (2) Must narrative films have fictional narrators?
Must we attribute the narration to a narrator who is part of the world of the fiction?
(3) Do film images really move, or is
the impression of movement an illusion?