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Film SequelsTheory and Practice from Hollywood to Bollywood$
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Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748626038

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626038.001.0001

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Adventures in Indiewood: Sequels in the Independent Film Marketplace

Adventures in Indiewood: Sequels in the Independent Film Marketplace

(p.90) Chapter 4 Adventures in Indiewood: Sequels in the Independent Film Marketplace
Film Sequels

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter addresses some of the issues of independent film to investigate the practice of sequelisation, and subsequently its meaning and currency. The specific commercial strategies inherent in the indie sequel cooperate with a variety of artistic and personal aims. The sequel is utilised to express an interdependency of meaning and viewing positions. The chapter then highlights the trilogy's heritage in cinema. The sequel can be seen as a vital niche mechanism, informing the continuous transformation of the trilogy and heightening its currency. The forms of ‘sequel’ and ‘trilogy’ can be seen as taking on entirely new guises and contexts within the intermedial environment. The independent film sequel brings a sense of authorial progression or development, at the same time as it enables a filmmaker to re-explore the same theme or critical issue throughout a range of different scenarios.

Keywords:   independent film, sequelisation, indie sequel, interdependency, cinema, trilogy

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