Wide Screen 4.1
Special Issue: Documentary, Art and Performance
Guest Editor: Veena Hariharan
The third General Issue of Wide Screen is something of a double or even a triple issue since along with the staples of a general issue, it picks up where we left with the Production Studies Special in 2010, and also has the select few pieces of the special issue on Cinemas of the Arab World which could not materialise as an entire volume by itself.
This special issue of Wide Screen "Production Studies" is edited by Graham Roberts and Dorota Ostrowska.
We often hear that the power of films lays in their emotional impact. In recent years, some corners of film studies have been preoccupied with the investigation of the senses and the body, which could be related to the view of films in terms of emotions and affect. Much of the filmmaking process rests on creating and communicating this emotional power of the films. Instead of thinking, like Powdermaker did, that the film workers are collectively involved in story-telling, or like Bordwell, Thompson and Staiger, that they are preoccupied with the generation of a particular style of filmmaking, we would like to argue that films are collectively involved in generating, assembling and crafting the emotion of the film.
As with our last issue, we followed a strict policy of blind peer review for each paper that came to us. Academics and practitioners form our review panels, and without them this collection of essays, reviews and comments would not have been possible. We take this opportunity to thank the members of our editorial and advisory boards who have helped through this long process.