Redefining Cinematographic Practice
What is cinematography in the age of virtual film production?
Current discussions of cinematographic practice focus on the disruption of the art form as it is increasingly practiced in the realm of the virtual. Since Avatar (Cameron 2009) won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, a significant number of nominated and winning live-action feature films have been characterised by a heavy component of virtual images rather than images produced by a physical camera. This research investigates how the definition of cinematography must change to reflect the current practice of the art form. The author reflects on his own cinematographic practice as well as investigating the practice of Oscar award-winning cinematographers working within the Hollywood paradigm. Emerging from this research is a new and holistic understanding of the practice of cinematography and a contemporary definition of the art form.