A Peircean Lens on Cinematic Special Effects

  • Martin Lefebvre


The aim of this paper is to reconsider how Peirce’s conceptions of iconicity and especially indexicality can help us logically account for some of the issues that pertain to representation in the cinema. To this end, the study centers on the practice of special effects as a way to reground the entire area of thinking about indexicality within the study of moving images. The author wishes to show how Peirce’s concepts not only remains viable for thinking about cinema but also offer a powerful tool for critically analyzing images.

Keywords: indexicality, iconicity, Peirce, special effects, cinema

A matte painting of the Death Star from Star Wars
Apr 26, 2021
How to Cite
LEFEBVRE, Martin. A Peircean Lens on Cinematic Special Effects. Semiotic Review, [S.l.], v. 9, apr. 2021. Available at: <https://www.semioticreview.com/ojs/index.php/sr/article/view/71>. Date accessed: 23 july 2024.