Episode Five of ‘Cinema and the Psyche’: Visual Language in Cinema

Cinema and the Psyche Episode Five on Visual Language


Episode five is all about exploring visual language in cinema, beginning with a deeper look at symbolism and then finishing off with a little about camera usage.

It’s my feeling that visual language, like the written word, is suffering in our present culture, and this is disturbing simply because the broad use of words, or the broad understanding and use of visual language in cinema corresponds to a broad and deep perception of reality. As the language shrinks, or becomes outright lost, so to do ideas and concepts that require language to be conveyed.

The cinema is particularly interesting in regards to language because like a supreme intelligence may do, you have the entire material world to use as a symbol set. You are the creator voice of a divination tool brought to audiences through the medium of a dark room, big screen and first class sound system.

Cinema is complex, and like any great art form, it should be. To master it is likely beyond everyone’s reach, but the pursuit of greater proficiency is irresistible, and to those who have succumbed to it’s attracting power, there is no way out.

Hope you enjoy the podcast, and I look forward to bringing more and varied topics into the fold.

Episode Three of Cinema and the Psyche: Ideas

Cinema and the Psyche by Matthew J Morreale - Episode Three - Ideas


Movies are born from ideas, they transmit ideas, and in the end, audiences are left – not with the movie, but with ideas. Therefore, movies really are just another language. Cinema is an exceptional language. So much so, that even after 120 years, we’re hardly touching its power.

To harness the power of cinema, and to harness the power of your own creative process, requires that you understand the nature of ideas, their power, and the ways in which they’re delivered and received.

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