Metaphors in audiovisual media receive increasing attention from film and communication studies as well as from linguistics and multimodal metaphor research. The specific media character of film, and thus of cinematic metaphor, remains, however, largely ignored. Audiovisual images are all too frequently understood as iconic representations and material carriers of information. Cinematic Metaphor proposes an alternative: starting from film images as affective experience of movement-images, it replaces the cognitive idea of viewers as information-processing machines, and heals the break with rhetoric established by conceptual metaphor theory. Subscribing to a phenomenological concept of embodiment, a shared vantage point for metaphorical meaning-making in film-viewing and face-to-face interaction is developed. The book offers a critique of cognitive film and metaphor theories and a theory of cinematic metaphor as performative action of meaning-making, grounded in the dynamics of viewers´ embodied experiences with a film. Fine-grained case studies ranging from Hollywood to German feature film and TV news, from tango lesson to electoral campaign commercial, illustrate the framework´s application to media and multimodality analysis.
Hadley Freeman brings us her personalised guide to American movies from the 1980s - why they are brilliant, what they meant to her, and how they influenced movie-making forever. For Hadley Freeman, American moves of the 1980s have simply got it all. Comedy in Three Men and a Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Trading Places; all a teenager needs to know in Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller´s Day Off, Say Anything, The Breakfast Club, and Mystic Pizza; the ultimate in action: Top Gun, Die Hard, Young Sherlock Holmes, Beverly Hills Cop, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; love and sex in 9 ½ Weeks, Splash, About Last Night, The Big Chill, and Bull Durham; and family fun in The Little Mermaid, ET, Big, Parenthood, and Lean On Me. Born in the late 1970s, Hadley grew up on a well-rounded diet of these movies; her entire view of the world, adult relations, and expectations of what her life might hold was forged by these cult classics. In this personalised guide, she puts her obsessive movie geekery to good use, detailing the decades key players, genres and tropes, and how exactly the friendship between Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi influenced the evolution of comedy. She looks back to a cinematic world in which bankers are invariably evil, despite this being the decade of Wall Street, where children are always wiser than adults, and science is embraced with an intense enthusiasm, and the future viewed with excitement. She considers how the changes between movies then and movies today say so much about pop culture´s and society´s changing expectations of women, young people and art, and explains why Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles should be put on school syllabuses immediately. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Harwood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002066/bk_hcuk_002066_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a hard-boiled city of crooks, grifts and rackets lurk a pair of toughs: Box and _____. They´re the kind of men capable of extracting apologies and reparations, of teaching you a chilling lesson. They seldom think twice and ask very few questions.Until one night over the poker table, they encounter a pulp writer with wild ideas and an unscrupulous private detective, leading them into what is either a classic mystery, a senseless maze of corpses or an inextricable fever dream....Drunk on cinematic and literary influence, Muscle is a slice of noir fiction in collapse, a ceaselessly imaginative story of violence, boredom and madness.In this novel the name of one of the main characters is given only as ‘_____’: this typographic eccentricity cannot be adequately replicated in an audiobook. As a result, for this production the necessary but contentious step has been taken to rechristen him ´Blank´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Arogundade. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/fabe/000182/bk_fabe_000182_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No medium in history can match the power of television. No product has spread so far and so fast. Nothing has had so much influence. Nothing has impacted how the world sees itself like television. Television: Volume 1 brings together seven decades of stories on how this happened into one epic narrative. How did an impoverished immigrant become the king of all media, creating the first radio network and the first TV network? What caused the inventor of FM radio to jump out of a window to his death? How did NBC, CBS and ABC innovate to build their media monopolies? How did Star Trek create the first fan culture movement? What made The Mary Tyler Moore Show the first great feminist show, and number one hit? What made Norman Lear the most influential TV comedy producer ever? How did Lucille Ball go from a washed-up B movie actress to a multi-millionaire Hollywood studio mogul? What makes Louis C.K. the Jackie Gleason of the digital age? With unparalleled insider insight, it shares critical, practical, behind the scenes lessons from the business of TV. The Television series is a must for media executives, students, entrepreneurs, and fans. Two-time Emmy Award winner, author Seth Shapiro is a leading advisor in business innovation, media and technology. He is an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, a Governor of the Television Academy, and Principal of New Amsterdam Media LLC. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Littlefield, Seth Shapiro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075490/bk_acx0_075490_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality, by the best-selling author of Console Wars.From iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology. But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction. Until 2012, when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey - then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer - invents a device that has the potential to change everything.With the help of a video game legend, a serial entrepreneur, and many other colorful characters, Luckey’s scrappy start-up kick-starts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses. As with most underdog stories, things don’t quite go according to plan. But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey: a tale of battles won and lost, lessons learned, and never-ending twists and turns - including an unlikely multibillion-dollar acquisition by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that shakes up the landscape in Silicon Valley and gives Oculus the chance to forever change our reality.Drawing on more than 100 interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns, and human drama of trying to change the world. The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game-changing new industry. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Graybill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/008258/bk_harp_008258_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mass murder and military aviation disaster. One community´s experience with two fatal tragedies that occurred suddenly...but not without warning. On 20 June 1994, a gunman opened fire on the patrons and staff of the Fairchild Air Force Base hospital. Four days later, a B-52 bomber with four souls onboard went down in a fiery crash. Hundreds of ordinary men and women experienced the tragedies...countless others had struggled to prevent them. Everyone who met the would-be gunman thought he was odd, but the disturbed airman struck fear in those who knew him. Doctors had him committed to a military psychiatric ward, only to watch him slip through the cracks of a broken system. They warned their staff, ´´This is the kind of patient who...one day...he´s going to come back and kill you.´´ A veteran B-52 pilot wowed the crowd at Fairchild’s annual air shows. But the men who had to fly with him shared tales of the reckless aviator routinely stressing the airliner-sized bomber and her crew to their breaking point. When their leadership failed to act, concerned aircrews said, ´´We predicted the worst air-show disaster in history when we found out that he was gonna fly.´´ Warnings Unheeded is compelling narrative nonfiction from former military policeman and criminal investigator, Andy Brown. Drawing from extensive research, and interviews with the people who witnessed the tragedies unfold, Brown captures their story with cinematic clarity. As the man who ended the killing spree, Brown reveals how he had prepared for the deadly gunfight and offers a candid insight into the hidden cost of becoming a ´´hero´´. Warnings Unheeded is a story of courage and resilience, a true survival story and a lesson from history. Listen to this fascinating true story of mental illness, mass murder, and aviation disaster. ´´A highly readable book...from a unique source. Recommended for a wi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael F. Cochrane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103274/bk_acx0_103274_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Is theater really dead? Does the theater, as its champions insist, really provide a more intimate experience than film? If so, how have changes in cinematic techniques and technologies altered the relationship between stage and film? What are the inherent limitations of representing three-dimensional spaces in a two-dimensional one, and vice versa? American Drama in the Age of Film examines the strengths and weaknesses of both the dramatic and cinematic arts to confront the standard arguments in the film-versus-theater debate. Using widely known adaptations of ten major plays, Brietzke seeks to highlight the inherent powers of each medium and draw conclusions not just about how they differ, but how they ought to differ as well. He contrasts both stage and film productions of, among other works, David Mamet´s Glengarry Glen Ross, Sam Shepard´s True West, Edward Albee´s Who´s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Margaret Edson´s Wit, Tony Kushner´s Angels in America, Tennessee Williams´ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Arthur Miller´s Death of a Salesman, and August Wilson´s The Piano Lesson. In reading the dual productions of these works, Brietzke finds that cinema has indeed stolen much of theater´s former thunder, by making drama more intimate, and visceral than most live events. But theater is still vital and matters greatly, Brietzke argues, though for reasons that run counter to many of the virtues traditionally attributed to it as an art form, such as intimacy and spontaneity. Brietzke seeks to revitalize perceptions of theater by challenging those common pieties and offering a new critical paradigm, one that champions spectacle and simultaneity as the most, not least, important elements of drama. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian E. Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001526/bk_acx0_001526_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hollywood produces its on-screen heroes to take crucial steps to achieve their goals, and often against all odds. These same principles can be applied to anything you are seeking to accomplish or improve in your own story or life. Recognizing and following these proven and tested, cinematic stages of the hero´s transformation will help you exponentially upgrade your process, mindset, awareness, and ultimately fine-tune your purpose. Produce Yourself compares the journey in all of us with that of our favorite heroes from movies and television. From developing better habits to improving finances; from starting a business to learning real estate strategies; from improving relationships to co-worker dynamics; from making days more effectual and distraction-free to harnessing the power of mindset; from improving health and diet to accessing the power of play; this book helps find and multiply your ´´why´´ - why you are on your current journey and how to optimize it. If you´re an entrepreneur, self-employed, or simply want a better, more successful and happy life, this book is for you. It´s for anyone who wants to understand the journey of their inner hero and apply the same, time-tested formula to their own life. Using scholar Joseph Campbell and writer Christopher Vogler´s iconic stages of the Hero´s Journey, Terence Michael exposes his own Hollywood trajectory to share lessons and principles you can apply to your own process and approach. What is your story? Are you the hero? Or just a supporting character? You are the producer of you. This book helps you find the tools to change, upgrade, or completely rewrite your story. You can Produce Yourself just like a Hollywood producer produces a star to overcome obstacles, turn failures into opportunity, and bring the elixir home. Terence Michael has collaborated with many artists and brands in his films and TV shows. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terence Michael. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/099302/bk_acx0_099302_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.