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Special Effects Kill Movies|
Copyright © 2005, Abdi Frankfurt
One thing that I really donít understand is why filmmakers are
using so many special effects in their films. Itís becoming truly
ridiculous and unrealistic. The films are turning into animation
while animation is turning more real. Watching films like War of
the Worlds or Peter Jacksonís Lord of the Rings, I can tell where
the blue screen is and how and when and where they did the
digital compositing and everytime that I notice something like
this, it completely pulls me out of the storyline.
Every single film that seems to be coming out is sacrificing
story for the sake of these really expensive digital effects. I
remember being so disappointed when I found out that Hulk in the
Ang Lee remake was totally computerized. I felt as if I was
watching a cartoon moving around and not once did I believe in
the conflict. At least, if youíre going to use special effects
use it so well that it looks realistic.
Spiderman had the same problem. In the scenes when heís flying
around through the buildings of New York, you can completely tell
that heís a computerized figure rather than a man.
I remember seeing Sideways and finding it so refreshing. That
film was made without any special effects and on a bare minimum
budget. The film revolved around two great friends and how they
take a trip through napa valley to go wine tasting. Their
adventures are so captivating that it makes the film feel like a
walk in the park.
Another movie that I recently saw was Machiavelli Hangman.
This film was made with only 150,000 dollars which means that
the filmmakers couldnít even afford the special effects so they
had to invent new ways to stimulate the audienceís imagination.
Unfortunately, that drive to make more out of less seems to have
disappeared with our major filmmakers. Martin Scorsese who once
said that he didnít like to use too many computerized effects
in his films is gradually turning the other way. There are many
scenes in Aviator, especially when Howard Hughes is flying the
plane in the sky that the background looks like it was lifted
straight out of a 1940ís movie.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is yet another film that will
surely be relying heavily on special effects. As far as
minimizing budget, it is understand and fair to use computers to
cut down unnecessary costs in creating sets and having thousands
of extras for a single scene. However, with the onset of
technology one should use the options sparingly and tastefully.
Often times than not, less is more.
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