Narration in Motion

British Journal of Aesthetics 52 (1):33-43 (2012)

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The moving frame of a tracking or crane shot, or of a camera tilt or pan, can affect the way we engage with a film narrative. In this paper, I argue that certain uses of the moving frame in narrative fiction film prescribe us to imagine ourselves moving through the world of the film. The existence of such an imaginative prescription ultimately threatens the necessity of the cinematic narrator. In light of the standard indeterminacy of our means of access to fictions, the prescription to imagine moving is not accompanied by a prescription to imagine a narrator providing us with a moving view
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