The Social Science of Cinema

Hardcover | November 6, 2013

EditorJames C. Kaufman, Dean Keith Simonton

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Ever since motion pictures first landed on screen, there have been many key questions that the studios and movie watchers have tried to answer. What makes a movie an Oscar winner? How does one movie become a hit and another movie flop? Why do some films earn critical acclaim while other filmsbecome critical turkeys or bombs? How do audiences perceive film? What makes a movie resonate with a viewer? Are we unduly influenced by negative behaviors on screen? These questions have spurred debates, discussions, and many theories. Until the last two decades, however, it was quite rare to havethe issues approached from a scientific viewpoint.The Social Science of Cinema compiles research from such varied disciplines as psychology, economics, sociology, business, and communications to find the best empirical research being done on the movies, based on perspectives that many filmgoers have never considered. Essays explore such topics asthe specific factors that influence whether movies make money, win awards, or flop; how our personality impacts on our viewing preferences; issues of gender inequity on screen; the relationship between visual perception and the way movies are edited; and many more. This book attempts the ultimateact of figuring out the mystery behind the movies - what makes them so memorable to us, what makes them this century's leading works of art, and how this art intersects with the business of making money.

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Ever since motion pictures first landed on screen, there have been many key questions that the studios and movie watchers have tried to answer. What makes a movie an Oscar winner? How does one movie become a hit and another movie flop? Why do some films earn critical acclaim while other filmsbecome critical turkeys or bombs? How do aud...

James C. Kaufman, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. An international leader in the field of creativity, he has published 23 books and more than 200 papers. He is the president of the American Psychological Association's Division 10 (Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts) and the founding edi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsDedicationList of ContributorsJames C. Kaufman and Dean Keith Simonton: Introduction: Social Science of the Cinema: Fade InSection One: The Creation1. Dean Keith Simonton: Writing for success: Screenplays and cinematic impact2. Stacy L. Smith, Amy Granados, Marc Choueiti and Katherine M. Pieper: Sell by date? Examining the shelf life and effects of female actors in popular films3. Annabel Cohen: Resolving the paradox of film music through a cognitive narrative approach to film comprehensionSection Two: The Audience4. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Andrea Kallias, and Anne Hsu: What type of movie person are you? Understanding individual differences in film preferences and uses: A psychographic approach5. Jordan E. DeLong, Kaitlin L. Brunick, and James E. Cutting: Film through the human visual system: Finding patterns and limits6. Gerald C. Cupchik and Michelle C. Hilscher: Self and the cinematic experience in the age of electronic transmissionSection Three: The Production7. Joris J. Ebbers, Nachoem M. Wijnberg, and Pawan V. Bhansing: The producer-director dyad: Managing the faultline between art and commerce8. Gino Cattani and Simone Ferriani: Networks and rewards among Hollywood artists: Evidence for a social structural ordering of creativity9. Allegre L. Hadida: Strategic assets and performance across institutional environmentsSection Four: The Reception10. Iain Pardoe and Dean Keith Simonton: Analyzing the Academy Awards: Factors associated with winning and when surprises occur11. Thalia R. Goldstein: Responses to and judgments of acting on film12. Victor Fernandez-Blanco, Victor Ginsburgh, Juan Prieto-Rodriguez, and Sheila Weyers: As good as it gets? Blockbusters and the inequality of box office results since 1950End Section13. Joshua Butler and James C. Kaufman: Social Science of the Cinema: Fade Out