Understanding Audiences and the Film Industry

Hall's ideas pushed audience studies into projects that were more concerned with both the identity issues among ... Hills' earlier book, Fan Cultures (2002), sets out some of the problems for scholars researching film audiences.

Author: Roy Stafford

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781839020995

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 155

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Brings together an introduction to academic study of audiences as 'readers' of films and an investigation into how the film industry perceives audiences as part of its industrial practices. The appraoch draws on ideas from film, media and cultural studies to present an insight to what makes the biggest box office films attractive to audiences.

Heritage Film Audiences

'Heritage films' were established from the outset as a 'genre' defined by those who expressly sought to distance them- selves from both the films and their audiences – both of which were viewed with political and cultural disapprobation ...

Author: Claire Monk

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748688869

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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This book is a study of the contemporary audiences for quality period films, and their responses to these films, with reference to the critical debate which constructs many of these films as 'heritage films'.

Audience Analysis

The film audience , as noted already , has been subject to much diversification . In the early years of the cinema , audience was measured by box - office admissions per film , which could be cumulated over time to give an idea of the ...

Author: Denis McQuail

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761910026

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 180

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`The book is essentially for a student of mass communication or may be of interest to the communications expert into communications reserach, theory or operations research. The author addresses a specific "audience" and does it to perfection with a simple very readable presentation' - The Economic TimesDenis McQuail provides a coherent and succinct account of the concept of `media audience' in terms of its history and its place in present-day media theory and research. McQuail describes and explains the main types of audience and the main traditions and fields of audience research.Audience Analysis explains the contrast between social scientific and humanistic approaches and gives due weight to the view `from the audience' as well as the view `from the media'. McQuail summarizes key research findings and assesses the impact of new media developments, especially transnationalization and new interactive technology. The book concludes with an evaluation of the continued relevance of the audience concept under conditions of rapid media change. Audience Analysis provides both an overview of past research and a guide to current thinking.

American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing

Bruce Austin notes that most audience studies show that it is the subject matter that makes audiences go to movies, not the behind-the- camera personnel. Austin, Film Audience, xxviii. 3. Robert E. Kapsis, Hitchcock: The Making of a ...

Author: Tom Stempel

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813188751

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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A unique perspective on half a century of American cinema—from the audience's point of view. Tom Stempel goes beyond the comments of professional reviewers, concentrating on the opinions of ordinary people. He traces shifting trends in genre and taste, examining and questioning the power films have in American society. Stempel blends audience response with his own observations and analyzes box office results that identify the movies people actually went to see, not just those praised by the critics. Avoiding statistical summary, he presents the results of a survey on movies and moviegoing in the respondents' own words—words that surprise, amuse, and irritate. The moviegoers respond: "Big bad plane, big bad motorcycle, and big bad Kelly McGillis."—On Top Gun "All I can recall were the slave girls and the Golden Calf sequence and how it got me excited. My parents must have been very pleased with my enthusiasm for the Bible."—On why a seven-year-old boy stayed up to watch The Ten Commandments "I learned the fine art of seduction by watching Faye Dunaway smolder."—A woman's reaction to seeing Bonnie and Clyde "At age fifteen Jesus said he would be back, he just didn't say what he would look like."—On E.T. "Quasimodo is every seventh grader."—On why The Hunchback of Notre Dame should play well with middle-schoolers "A moronic, very 'Hollywoody' script, and a bunch of dancing teddy bears."—On Return of the Jedi "I couldn't help but think how Mad magazine would lampoon this." —On The Exorcist

Cinema Entertainment Essays On Audiences Films And Film Makers

The images receive strong support from music, which is used consistently throughout the film to heighten the dramatic effect of the images on the audience. The use of music in this way is, of course, a long-established convention, ...

Author: Sergi, Gianluca

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335222513

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 140

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Entertainment is seen as something that is superficial, lacking in substance - 'mere entertainment'. Taking Hollywood cinema as its main focus, this text challenges this negative account.

Hollywood Hype and Audiences

youth audience . The film's maverick status was enhanced by the reputation of its director , Oliver Stone , who has a public image as a rebel , a successful but controversial Hollywood auteur . Even so , like many nominally ...

Author: Thomas Austin

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719057752

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 257

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This book traces the circulation in Britain of three Hollywood films--Basic Instinct, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Natural Born Killers --from marketing and critical reception to consumption in cinemas and on video. It draws on economic discursive contexts and original audience research to trace how meanings, pleasures, and uses are derived from popular film. A significant intervention into methodological debates in film studies and a timely investigation of film culture, it focuses on key questions about genre, taste, sexual pleasure and screen violence.

Meanings of Audiences

Working specifically with the Turkish diaspora in several Western European countries, one distributor noted that each film was an exercise in estimating the audience's preferences and sensitivities. Due to the low average level of ...

Author: Richard Butsch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135043056

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

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In today’s thoroughly mediated societies people spend many hours in the role of audiences, while powerful organizations, including governments, corporations and schools, reach people via the media. Consequently, how people think about, and organizations treat, audiences has considerable significance. This ground-breaking collection offers original, empirical studies of discourses about audiences by bringing together a genuinely international range of work. With essays on audiences in ancient Greece, early modern Germany, Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, Zimbabwe, contemporary Egypt, Bengali India, China, Taiwan, and immigrant diaspora in Belgium, each chapter examines the ways in which audiences are embedded in discourses of power, representation, and regulation in different yet overlapping ways according to specific socio-historical contexts. Suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, this book is a valuable and original contribution to media and communication studies. It will be particularly useful to those studying audiences and international media.

The Film Audience

An annotated bibliography of more than 1,200 film audience research studies. Includes an essay entitled 'The Motion Picture Audience: A Neglected Aspect of Film Research' that introduces the reader to the subject of film audience research.

Author: Bruce A. Austin

Publisher: Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105037497067

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 179

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An annotated bibliography of more than 1,200 film audience research studies. Includes an essay entitled 'The Motion Picture Audience: A Neglected Aspect of Film Research' that introduces the reader to the subject of film audience research.

Postmodern Texts and Emotional Audiences

The different imagined or intended audiences for each media version — Spanish - speaking leftist intellectual readers , English - speaking art - house film viewers , and American , Canadian , and British fans of musical theater ...

Author: Kimberly Chabot Davis

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 1557534799

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 227

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Analyzes contemporary texts that bond together two seemingly antithetical sensibilities: the sentimental and the postmodern. This book presents case studies of audience responses to "The Piano", "Kiss of the Spider Woman", and "Northern Exposure". It argues that sentimental postmodernism deepened leftist political engagement.

Cinema Audiences and Modernity

Andrea Haller's chapter also starts from Altenloh's landmark study of film audiences, and goes on to reconstruct the discourses on female cinemagoing in Imperial Germany. Using contemporary trade papers, fan and women's magazines, ...

Author: Daniel Biltereyst

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136642005

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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This book sheds new light on the cinema and modernity debate by confronting established theories on the role of the modern cinematic experience with new empirical work on the history of the social experience of cinema-going, film audiences and film exhibition. The book provides a wide range of research methodologies and perspectives on these matters, including: the use of oral history methods questionnaires diaries audience letters as well as industrial, sociological and other accounts on historical film audiences. The collection’s case studies thus provide a "how to" compendium of current methodologies for researchers and students working on film and media audiences, film and media experiences, and historical reception. The volume is part of a ‘new cinema history’ effort within film and screen studies to look at film history not only as a history of production, textual relations or movies-as-artefacts, but rather to concentrate more on the receiving end, the social experience of cinema, and the engagement of film/cinema (history) ‘from below’. The contributions to the volume reflect upon the very different ways in which cinema has been accepted, rejected or disciplined as an agent of modernity in neighbouring parts of Europe, and how cinema-going has been promoted and regulated as a popular social practice at different times in twentieth-century European history.