Drawing on a variety of popular films, including Avatar, Enter the Void, Fight Club, The Matrix, Speed Racer, X-Men and War of the Worlds, Supercinema studies the ways in which digital special effects and editing techniques require a new theoretical framework in order to be properly understood. Here William Brown proposes that while analogue cinema often tried to hide the techlogical limitations of its creation through ingenious methods, digital cinema hides its techlogical omnipotence through the continued use of the conventions of analogue cinema. As such, digital cinema is analogous to Superman hiding his powers behind the persona of Clark Kent - as opposed to most other superheroes who hide their limitation behind their superheroic alter ego. Locating itself on the cusp of film theory, film-philosophy, and cognitive approaches to cinema, Supercinema also looks at the relationship between the spectator and film, especially film that utilizes digital techlogy to maximum, supercinematic effect.
William Brown is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Roehampton, London.He has written articles for journals and edited collections with a particular emphasis on the use of digital technology on contemporary cinema across a range of national and transnational contexts. He is also a filmmaker, having made three feature films since 2009.