Panoramic 360-degree documentary videos continue to saturate the visual landscape. As practitioners' experiment with a new genre, understanding meaning and making awaits the academic and marketplace landscape. The new media journey of 360-degree documentary storytelling is ripe for media archaeologist to explore. New media scholar Lev Manovich (2016) believes "we are witnessing the new emergence of a cultural metalanguage, something that will be at least as significant as the printed word and cinema before it" (p. 49) Considering the meta- development of this new media genre, my dissertation seeks to discuss the historical roots of the panoramic image, define 360-degree Cinematic Virtual Reality (CVR) documentary video, establish production distinctions between 360-degree CVR and two-dimensional documentary video, and reveal the spatial cognitive abilities of 360-degree documentary video. The purpose of this dissertation study is to establish a media archaeological context of the 360-degree image and reveals the development of new cinematic code variations between 360 CVR modalities and two-dimensional documentary form. The theoretical framework developed within this study will inform current and future 360-degree documentary narrative engagement practices. Secondly, this project seeks to evaluate spatial cognition levels when viewing a Frank Lloyd Wright walking tour through 360 CVR modalities and examine the influence this has on narrative engagement comparative to traditional two-dimensional documentary form.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Texts and Technology
Length of Campus-only Access
Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Allen, William, "Pixelated Domes: Cinematic Code Changes through a Frank Lloyd Wright Lens" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 465.