A Sense of Proportion: Aspect Ratio and the Framing of Television Space

Cardwell, Sarah E. F. (2015) A Sense of Proportion: Aspect Ratio and the Framing of Television Space. Critical Studies in Television, 10 (3). pp. 83-100. ISSN 1749-6020. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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‘Aspect ratio’ is frequently overlooked or naively characterised. Yet it plays a fundamental, determining role in forming and framing television’s spaces. A balanced reappraisal of television’s varied aspect ratios and their unique dramatic and aesthetic possibilities can enhance our close analyses and our understanding of television’s ‘art history’. This paper challenges myths, misunderstandings and preconceptions about TV’s aspect ratios and their spatial properties. Countering prevailing pro-widescreen rhetoric, it then traces some of the dramatic and aesthetic qualities of 4:3 that have been lost in the movement to 16:9. Finally, it celebrates those works which radically defamiliarise aspect ratio.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: television aesthetics; television; aspect ratio; aesthetics; space; frame; widescreen;
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies) > PB2985 Radio and Television Studies
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Film
Depositing User: Sarah Cardwell
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 15:58 UTC
Last Modified: 08 May 2018 09:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54623 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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