Chapter Reflection 8

One of the proposed topics for thought was special effects in the movies.

My, they certainly have come a long way.

Once upon a time, when a special effect was required, the camera simply stopped filming. The man had to appear somewhere else, as if by magic? Turn off the camera and don’t start rolling again until the man is in the correct location. When the special effect was more visual, such as an explosion, many of the same techniques used in the theatre arts were employed.

Now, wow. As Kevin Costner’s character says in Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come.”

Many people wondered why George Lucas started his uber-popular Star Wars saga with episode four. “Where are episodes 1, 2, and 3?” Well, the technology wasn’t available to make those movies. I’m sure many people scoffed at such idle thoughts. That is, until you really think about the movies that because Episodes 1, 2, and 3.

There is a species of humanoid that must travel through a large lake to reach its people in a place under the water. Yes, the scene could have been done with miniatures and other special effects that were common in the 60s and 70s, but it would not have had the visual impact of that scene.

I like film franchises. I know what I’m going to get when I sit down to watch the movie. I want to see Mark Ruffalo has the Hulk with some of his features. If I wanted to watch Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk and Bill Bixby as Dr. Bruce Banner, I’d watch the television show – from the 70s.

The audience has become too sophisticated for the special effects our parents and grandparents saw in their movies. We need the aid of some computer-generated images to complete the scene.

If I’m going to spend $10 on a movie and then spend most of the time laughing, it had better be because it was a comedy and not because the special effects were shoddy.

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