Monday, February 15, 2010

McCloud, Chapter 3

Generally speaking, closure occurs when one sees a part of an object or event but perceives the entire object of event. This occurs in single images when one sees a part of an object and imagines that the whole object is present. Between images and text, one’s imagination combines the two into one idea. Closure between two images can indicate the passage of time, an action occurring, a change in perspective, a change in location, or there may be no logical relation at all. In film, it occurs so quickly that one is unaware of it. Closure between scenes necessitates some change in time, place, or both. Without the human mind’s ability to create closure, there would be no meaning between sequential images.

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