"... And all is real": historical spaces and special f/x in HBO's Rome

Elliott, Andrew B. R. (2013) "... And all is real": historical spaces and special f/x in HBO's Rome. Critical Studies in Television, 8 (3). pp. 65-77. ISSN 1749-6020

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/CST.8.3.6

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This essay explores the use of special effects in HBO's Rome. Looking at depictions of the classical past, it argues that special effects were traditionally used in the cinema to heighten verisimilitude by a sense of spectacle, whose cost put them out of reach of early historical television. With the increase in budgets and the greater affordability of special effects, however, this paper suggests that Rome signals a new kind of classical world on television, wherein special effects not only enhance verisimilitude by a kind of spectacle but also serve a narrative function.

Additional Information:Special issue edited by S. Abbott
Keywords:History, Rome (TV series), Historiography, Special effects, Television studies, History on television, Epic film
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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Deposited On:10 Jun 2013 16:32

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