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Just My ‘Magination

September 14, 2014

A BLACK SCREEN…

A PAIR of EYES, CLOUDED by BLINDNESS, stare out across the ages.                    

                       (V. O.) Sing goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilles…

FADE IN

INT. ACHILLES TENT

THE GLIMMER of a FLICKERING CANDLE catches the FIERY GAZE of the Greek warrior ACHILLES.

We Hear the SOUND of HORSE’s HOOVES, CREAKING WHEELS, THE TRAMPING OF MULTITUDES

All cultures have foundation stories, a canon which informs all subsequent literary or dramatic endeavors. These tales get told over and over, generation after generation, filtered through the distinctive voice of the teller who is retelling the tale.

When the movies came along, they followed form. And have continued to do so.

Of a sudden, the digital age burst upon us, and things that were not possible to do on screen have become possible.

CGI…

There was a time when story drove the movies. If not story, then character, or a director’s or producer’s vision, not to ever discount box office.

Is it just my imagination or does it seem like story and/or vision have been supplanted by CGI? Is CGI now driving the bus,? Have stories taken a backseat, often poorly written or sketchily told?

The current crop of movies seem light on story, even those experimenting with the way stories have been told — heavy on their reliance on CGI. Do our new technologically enhanced ways actually have a corrosive effect on how we’re telling stories?

Any thoughts out there. (Our operators are standing by…)

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2 Comments
  1. Lev permalink

    It’s my understanding that the Chinese are driving this market. Some of the first movies that many Chinese have seen were in 3-D, consequently it’s what they now expect with lots of special visual effects. The market is so large there that Hollywood has started to cater to it.

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  2. KPeterson permalink

    The CGI work I liked the best this summer – Sin City 2 It is what it is !

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