Date of Award

Spring 1988

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Porter, Gregory

Second Advisor

Ksobiech, Kenneth


This is a study of the use of camera angle as a device to convey point of view in the film To Kill a Mockingbird. At present both film theory and semiotics have various theories concerning the use of camera angle. There are many statements about what camera angle is supposed to do, but there has been very little research into how manipulation of camera angle has been applied in the cinema. Examples are given, but often they are either hypothetical situations or specific shots taken out of a larger work in order to illustrate a specific point. The basic theory for this piece of research is that camera angle can be used as a device to convey point of view. This conclusion can be drawn from drawing together various theories and presumptions about how camera angle can work in a film. But this theory has yet to be proven by an overwhelming body of research that supports this theory. For this or any theory to be held with greater certainty there needs to be research and investigation into its validity. - Because of the need for investigation, this study will test this theory in one particular film.



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