OverviewThe art of film was borne out of scientific discovery and technological innovation. Contemporary moving image media continue to be shaped and reshaped by scientifically-inspired innovations, as we see with the rise of digital cinema, 3D, and virtual reality. But now that we have film as an art form, do the sciences continue to play a role in understanding and explaining how films are made and experienced? Embracing a 'third cultural' approach which aims to go beyond the 'two cultures' divide memorably identified by C. P. Snow, Murray Smith seeks to bring the arts, humanities and sciences together to illuminate artistic creation and aesthetic experience. In the first part of his book, Smith explores the general strategies and principles necessary to build a naturalized approach to film and art - one that roots itself in an appreciation of scientific knowledge and method. Smith then goes on to focus on the role of emotion in film and the other arts, as an extended experiment in the 'third cultural' integration of ideas on emotion spanning the arts, humanities and sciences.