Story, Sights, Tricks, and Song: What Really Counts?

Dean Keith Simonton

in Great Flicks

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199752034
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894857 | DOI:
Story, Sights, Tricks, and Song: What Really Counts?

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Although movie awards provide solid indicators of cinematic achievement, such honors tend to be given in a very large number of categories. Using awards and nominations from seven major organizations, including Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs, an analysis revealed that the more specialized awards form four creative clusters: the dramatic (directing, screenplay, acting, and editing); the visual (cinematography, art direction, costume design, and makeup); the technical (visual effects, sound effects editing, and sound mixing); and the musical (score and song). Of these four clusters, the dramatic proves far more crucial in predicting a film’s greatness, whether measured by best-picture honors or critical acclaim. The chapter closes with a discussion of collaborative creativity, with special focus on the core crew, that is, the producer, director, scriptwriter, film editor, cinematographer, production designer, and composer. Certain characteristics of these collaborative relationships have significant repercussions for the quality of the final cinematic product.

Keywords: movie awards; creative clusters; dramatic; visual; technical; musical; collaborative creativity

Chapter.  6563 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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