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1992

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Western Michigan University

Art Education

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Choreography For The Camera: An Historical, Critical, And Empirical Study, Vana Patrice Carter Apr 1992

Choreography For The Camera: An Historical, Critical, And Empirical Study, Vana Patrice Carter

Master's Theses

This study investigates whether a dance choreographer's lack of knowledge of film, television, or video theory and technology, particularly the capabilities of the camera and montage, restricts choreographic communication via these media.

First, several film and television choreographers were surveyed. Second, the literature was analyzed to determine the evolution of dance on film and television (from the choreographers' perspective). Third, shooting and editing theories that maximize kinesthesis were examined.

Three primary conclusions were drawn: (1) Historically, choreographers of critically acclaimed film or television products seemed to understand major principles for shooting and montage; (2) choreographers who expanded their knowledge ...