Étienne Souriau’s seven levels of filmic reality

by stronged

  1. Afilmic reality (the reality that exists independently of filmic reality)
  2. Profilmic reality (the reality photographed by the camera)
  3. Filmographic reality (the film as physical object, structured by techniques such as editing)
  4. Screenic (or filmophanic) reality (the film as projected on a screen)
  5. Diegetic reality (the fictional story world created by the film)
  6. Spectatorial reality (the spectator’s perception and comprehension of a film)
  7. Creational reality (the filmmaker’s intentions)

Buckland, Warren. The Cognitive Semiotics of Film: The Body on the Screen and in Frame,

Cambridge University Press 2007, pp. 47