Architecture of the single room movies tectonic, scenographic and hybrid spaces

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Turkey

Approval Date: 2018




Perception of the architectural space in the phenomenal world is through different senses. However, in the films, this perception is through the faculty of vision only and in the order of the vision of the director and the cinematographer. These artists control the spatial observation of spectators with the control of the camera. Despite the differences in the space understanding of films and architecture, they are also parallel conceptually and practically as the number of architects involved in the design of the spatial organization of the films imply. Hence thesis starts with a theoretical study to understand the common ground in both fields regarding space. The Room - the smallest unit of architectural space- is also the most basic component of the complex spatial organization in the films. However, some narrative films are shot predominantly in just one single room. This thesis focuses on such movies created in existing or imaginary setups. The thesis categorizes such stage sets as Scenographic,which are created by the architects, decorators and/or set designers for the action of the spectatorial reality. Whereas actual architectural interior spaces i.e. buildings, in which films took place are categorized as Tectonic spaces. In many cases, such tectonic spaces are also manipulated and such redesigned spaces are named as Hybrid.With the advent of the digital technologies, alterations of the real spaces or creation of totally fictitious spaces are becoming more commonplace.This thesis focuses mostly on the single space films of the pre-digital era. Trying to understand the motives of the economy of space in these films, the thesis makes a classification of narrative films based on the role and the design of the spaces. Spatial representations in these films are studied in depth to comprehend the viewpoints of the directors, set-designers and architects.