Remote locations: early Scottish scenic films and geo-databases

Velez-Serna, M. and Caughie, J. (2015) Remote locations: early Scottish scenic films and geo-databases. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 9(2), pp. 164-179. (doi:10.3366/ijhac.2015.0147)

Velez-Serna, M. and Caughie, J. (2015) Remote locations: early Scottish scenic films and geo-databases. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 9(2), pp. 164-179. (doi:10.3366/ijhac.2015.0147)

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Abstract

In the field of cinema history, an increased interest in social experience and context has challenged the centrality of the film and the primacy of textual analysis. The ‘Early Cinema in Scotland, 1896–1927’ research project takes a contextual approach, using geo-database tools to facilitate collaboration. This article shows how spatially-enabled methods can also be mobilized to bring issues of representation back into a cinema history project. We argue that, when the films have not survived, their geographical descriptors as recorded by trade-press reviews and catalogues offer new avenues of analysis. The article argues that foregrounding location as a significant element in the film corpus creates a new point of interconnection between film text and context. The juxtapositions and divergences between the spatial patterns of film production and cinema exhibition are connected to pre-cinematic traditions of representation. The spatial distribution also sheds light on the differences between films made for local and international consumption, reflecting on Scotland's position in relation to discourses of modernity.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:'The work was funded by AHRC award AH/1020535/1 to Edinburgh University.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Velez-Serna, Dr Maria and Caughie, Professor John
Authors: Velez-Serna, M., and Caughie, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts
College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN:1753-8548
ISSN (Online):1755-1706
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Edinburgh University Press
First Published:First published in International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 9(2):164-179
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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