Space and Narrative in Cinematic Arts


This study aims to examine space as key component in storytelling by drawing on theories of psychoanalysis, narrative, and formalism. In so doing, the study has chosen two films which were produced in the past five years with an interesting use of space: 1) Train to Busan (2016), a Korean film; and 2) Snap (2016), a Thai film. Results reveal that space is natural and thus vital for presenting the world of cinematic arts, whether filmmakers plan to use it or not. It can impact the audience’s perception, including how they make a sense and build understanding of a film. Importantly, space can persuade viewers to sympathize with films as intended by the filmmakers. Moreover, space functions as a body of knowledge that greatly contributes to cinematic arts. It is one of the features of storytelling on film with the ability to create something new, and also a vehicle to explore the boundaries of narrative.

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Paninya Paksa, Bangkok University, Thailand

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Conference: ACAH2018
Stream: Humanities - Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication

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