Architecture and film can be looked at from different perspectives.

Architecture in Film

Architecture can be used cinematically in two different ways, according to Vincent Kling3:

In either case of the above, the intent is to create an experience derived from film by using the filming techniques in an interplay between architecture and the characters.

Film in Architecture

Film is finding its own seats in the architectural room with the advent and affordability of technology. In the "Architect As A Film Maker,"2 Vincent Kling says that films do not have to be very technologically advanced and sophiticated in order to make a successful presentation. For architects, film is a very powerful medium because it allows them to walk through a virtual model or a small mock-up of the building while the client is watching, and enables them also to demonstrate the design ideas as if the building was explored by the eyes of the visitors. In addition, Film can be used academically to help explore (see) and document the effects of buildings on society, and the urban setting.

External Perspective

If we were to stand away and compare film and architecture, we would find that the design process is the same in each in a way that both require a team of designers collaborating together. It also can be seen in the way that both try to demonstrate certain values to society in order that they can be critiqued by the public. To demonstrate, if one first looks at the basic elements of screenwriting in film, the writer is required to have a clear premise before beginning to write the script, which must be described in one sentence.

Similarly, architecture takes on a challenge, to create a thesis, in order to introduce a concept for analysis and critique.

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