Beyond the screen: emerging cinema and engaging audiences

Sarah Atkinson

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored


Within multi-platform films and dramas the fourth wall, the invisible barrier that separates the onscreen fictional world from the audience no longer exists. The widespread adoption of technologies such as mobile devices for digital media consumption and social networking, has led to the emergence of hybrid and pioneering forms of fictions where stories are experienced across a multitude of platforms for prolonged periods of time. This is having a profound impact upon production processes and aesthetics. The boundary between reality and fiction blurs, cinematic and televisual genres merge and the audience is able to participate within the fictional world as never before. This book maps the development of these forms through the examination of various cutting-edge, international case studies of multi-platform fictions. Evaluating and aligning academic debate with industry commentary, this book provides unique insights into an evolving field, providing foundations for the ongoing study of these emerging, innovative forms, and the technological, social and economical influences that drive their advancement.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages312
ISBN (Electronic)9781623569242
ISBN (Print)9781623566371
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2014


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