An exploration of the psychological and political dimensions of violence and aggression within the war film genre

Blackman, D 2006, An exploration of the psychological and political dimensions of violence and aggression within the war film genre, Masters by Research, Creative Media, RMIT University.


Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

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Title An exploration of the psychological and political dimensions of violence and aggression within the war film genre
Author(s) Blackman, D
Year 2006
Abstract Parade's End, a screenplay accompanied by an exegesis exploring institutional and ideological violence within the war film genre. The problem to solve with my exegesis and subsequent screenplay was how to create a unique visual form for the treatment of violence. This was done by examining screenwriting techniques that have been used to explore the psychology of violence and aggression within the war film genre. I identified and examined those techniques used to depict vioence within the war film genre, specifically those discussed by film theorist Stephen Prince. Stephen Prince in Savage cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the rise of ultraviolent movies in America examines the cultural and subsequent technical shifts that occurred in the late sixties towards the treatment of violence in contemporary cinema. He focuses on specific techniques that he believes radicalised the depiction of vioence and its aftermath in the cinematic form. In Visions of empire: political imagery in contemporary American film, Prince examines those techniques that he believed explored the political dimensions of violence. A primary consideration of my research then was how to integrate the techniques under discussion in ways that will help create a convincing form the for depiction of violence for a contemporary screen audience. A major outcome of my investigation and exploration of Prince's techniques, was to sustain within my screenplay the audience's gaze at a disturbing mirror, and probe an audience's ambivalent response to contemporary social currents. Through the demystification of the Special Forces soldier, it was my intention to depict vioence and aggression in striking and original ways.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Creative Media
Keyword(s) Violence
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