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Where has all the subtlety gone?

I love what the advances in computer graphics have done for cinema and television, the way we can bring to life a convincing talking lion or a battle between magicians. My first job out of uni was doing 3d animation for a television station. But seriously you guys, have you tried being subtle once in a while?

We started to watch Hansel and Gretel tonight, and after less than 5 minutes, we turned it off. When someone falls down and hurts their leg, it is more sufficient for them to clutch their leg and say “Ow!”. I do not need to see the bones poking out of their skin in extreme close-up to understand what you’re trying to say. Ditto Judge Dread – if you throw someone off a building, I don’t need to actually see the body hit the ground and smush everywhere in a spray of blood. I get it.

Why do they think we want or need to see this detail? All this access to excellent CGI is killing implication. Film-making used to be an art. It used to take skill to help the audience understand what you were trying to show without actually showing it. Nothing is held back any more. CGI is the mini skirt and of the film industry. Sometimes it is more exciting to leave things to the imagination!

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One comment on “Where has all the subtlety gone?

  1. glumbunny
    May 14, 2013

    Boy am I ever with you on this one. I’d say it’s like the see-through THONG. Tedious.

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This entry was posted on May 11, 2013 by in brain fry.
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