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Title: The hybrid nature of realism in the Aardman Studio's early animated shorts
Author: Hosseini-Shakib, Fatemeh
ISNI:       0000 0004 2678 6945
Awarding Body: University of Brighton/University for the Creative Arts
Current Institution: University of Brighton
Date of Award: 2009
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This study investigates the complex operation of realism in the representational make-up of animated films of the Aardman studio. It focuses on ten early films made in a three-dimensional clay/puppet medium. All the films are based on ‘real’ soundtracks, gathered via secretly recorded conversations of ordinary people in everyday situations or by direct interview. The key argument is that these stop-motion films show a hybrid composition of realist strategies and approaches, in terms of their adaptation of realist aesthetics as well as their subject matter. It is argued that their aesthetic make-up is associated with, or copied, from certain modes of live-action documentary film such as observational style and interviews. The thesis contends that realism in these films is of a complex nature. It studies and illustrates different aspects of realism in the corpus, with particular emphasis on three films chosen for specific case study.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: N Fine Arts ; Aardman ; animation ; realism