Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Chapter 3 describes how our brains can make conclusions without visual facts. For example, a photograph of a person; we may only see them from the waist up but we assume that they have legs. McCloud explains this act by calling it closure. He shows how people can see a few pictures (100 frames apart for example) and understand what happened in the missing frames. To understand that a figure is jumping an audience needs to see the figure and possibly a reason for the figure to jump. We do not need to see the figure bend their knees and extend them and come off the ground and reach for the object and come back down and look satisfied, we just need the establishment that the figure will jump and the conformation that they are air born and the satisfaction that enforces the completion of the task. Closure effects the meaning of moving images by taking out the unnecessary frames and letting our brains image the missing pieces.