The influence of the cinematographer on the cinematographic discourse of fiction film:

Gregg Toland

  • Marijke Van Kets Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS)
  • Kenneth Feinstein Sunway University
Keywords: Cinematography, visual narrative construct, collaborative artist, Gregg Toland, Wuthering Heights, film experience

Abstract

This paper focuses on the influence of the cinematographer on the cinematographic expression of fiction film, specifically defining attributes of the cinematographer in the visual narrative. The text highlights the contributions of cinematography to the narrative of a fiction film during the period 1928–1946 while featuring the cinematographer Gregg Toland. This study presents a possible research approach to cinematography and the role of cinematographer in influencing the narrative discourse of a film. Critical examination of Toland’s cinematographic work establishes his importance and influence in an historical context. Analysis of a scene from Wuthering Heights (1939) reveals the significance of the visual narrative construct through the use of cinematic space and viewpoint in a shot. Together, they demonstrate the impact of the visual narrative on the viewer’s film experience and expose the cinematographer’s role in the storytelling.

Author Biography

Kenneth Feinstein, Sunway University

Associate Professor
Head of the Department of Integrated Arts
School of Arts
Sunway University
Malaysia

Published
2019-11-22
How to Cite
Van Kets, M., & Feinstein, K. (2019). The influence of the cinematographer on the cinematographic discourse of fiction film: : Gregg Toland. Cinematography in Progress. Retrieved from https://cinematographyinprogress.com/index.php/cito/article/view/29
Section
Conference