I'm looking for visual conventions for portraying a scene as imagined, fantasized or dreamed-up rather than real.
January 4, 2012 11:23 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for visual conventions
for portraying a scene (e.g. in a movie or comic) as imaginary, dreamed-up or "all in the head" of one of the characters.
posted by nebulawindphone to media & arts (20 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
So for example:
- In American movies you can surround an "imaginary" scene with the wobbly-screen fade that was parodied in Wayne's World.
- In American print comics, you can draw the borders of an "imaginary" panel with the same scalloped line that goes around thought bubbles.
What are some other examples, either from film, comics or "non-sequential art" like painting or sculpture? Bonus points for examples from other historical periods, or examples that are mostly used outside the US.
If you know of anything I could read that discusses this sort of thing, I'd like to see that too. (I already know about Scott McCloud, and I'll be re-reading his stuff for sure — but I don't remember him discussing this specific question.)