October 23 Pao-Chen Tang

Friday October 23, 10:30-12:30 am, CWAC 156 

Co-hosted with Mass Culture Workshop

Of Snow and Flow: Actions and Special Effects in The Grandmaster

Pao-Chen Tang

Ph.D. Student, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago

Through analyzing selected sequences from Wong Kar-wai’s 2013 The Grandmaster in which characters interact with the ubiquitous falling snow created by particle systems, I argue that the energetics of the film’s special effects engages with traditions of Chinese visual culture, medicine, martial arts cinema, and the western avant-garde notion of vibratory modernism. Based on this at once culturally specific and transcultural energetics, I hope to offer a way of conceptualizing cinema in relation to digital compositing in which special effects and profilmic actions intertwine.

Friday October 23, 10:30-12:30 am, CWAC 156 

Persons with concerns regarding accessibility please contact xizh@uchicago.edu


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