Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Two-Cent Tuesdays: Keeping It Real
As I read it, I could sort of understand what he was getting at. Maybe we're not at the point he was warning about yet, but at some point we might with all this newfangled technology. That point is where the film becomes so clear that every little imperfection or blemish will be visible and thus make it impossible to immerse yourself in the fantasy of the film.
What the guy meant, to summarize, is that eventually it would be hard to mask the fact the actors are wearing makeup or prosthetic parts or are carrying fake swords. Then it'd be like if you were sitting onstage watching a play.
On some level this kind of thing already happens. I mean watch some of those old movies from the 80s (even the Star Wars movies) and there are places where you can see how fake the effects are. The tauntauns in Empire are a good example--why did they not fix those in the "Special Edition?" Then in 90s movies where they just started to use CGI you can tell where a lot of it is being used.
Even in movies from this century it still happens. I remember watching the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie and there were parts where it was so obvious they were shooting in front of a green screen. When you start to notice that it's hard to just kick back and enjoy the movie. And really just watch one of those Syfy Original movies with their terrible effects. Yikes!
So the point I think the critic was making and that I'm making is that sometimes things can get too real. It's nice to want to make things clearer and sharper, but you don't want it to get to the point where the audience can't just enjoy the story anymore.
I'm sure that's a good point for writing too. I mean most dialog as it's written in books isn't reflective of "real" life. There aren't as many awkward pauses and ums and uhs and so forth. And sometimes someone might try to do that or do that stream of consciousness thing and it gets to be really annoying to the reader. Because to a large extent we don't want REALITY in our stories. Very often we don't want reality at all. Not to say that you shouldn't ever do any research and just do whatever you want, because if the story is set in modern times on this planet, people expect a little bit of realism. It's the old "suspending disbelief" thing.