Wednesday, 15 December 2010
- War of the Worlds
- I Robot
- District 9
- Back to the Future
- The Matrix's
- Blade Runner
- Star Trek
- Planet of The Apes
- Outer Space
- The breaking of physics as we know it
- Discovery of New technology
- Set in the future
- War of the Worlds
- I Robot
- District 9
- Back to the Future
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Its recent, its new, its relevant, its a time stamp, its Tron!
Okay forget about special effects. Just the way the trailers are presented to us now are so different. Cut scenes, camera angles lighting, length, music, voice overs. Action, explosions, NEON!
Foreseeable to say the least. Okay when literally done like that trailers of today also seem, well stupid. Although the effort to put into these trailers has probably increased and all the techniques are specifically tailored to are supposed wants. A strange attempt from a life of a American fire man, however at the time they where probably forcing new limits, and testing new techniques.
Check out the original Rocky trailer, the voice over at the beginning.... amused me to say the least
Vs The New Trailer..
Okay I Sat down for 5 and tried to think of some films I think have been spoilt by new media.
To me this little fella will always be Yoda
Although the new media allows better quality images, sometimes the lack of this. And the lack of use of what now we call common techniques. Which at the time would of seen as contemporary. However mistake and basic cinematography can be charming. And the fact that this is all removed takes out the character from older films, and now films tend to feel similar, and bland.
Saturday, 11 December 2010
The Virginia Tech mascara Had nothing to do with video game violence, he killed 32 people on April 16th 2007
- Pipe Bomb
- Long black trench coats
- Shawn Off Shot Gun x2
- Semi automatic hand gun
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
The lecture I missed!
Was said about missing this as, when I next spoke to people about it, I got a really postive response, and lots of people have decieded to do there essays on it.
What i gathered from the notes and powerpoint is that interextuallity is nothing is truly orginal everything we see or recreate or think or read about. Already exsits.
Just some vampires i thought of the top of my head, a fair few. All based on the same story, twisted changed a variety of different looks and styles however when it comes down to anyalse they are all just remakes of a charcter in a book.
Again when i think of a dark hero, i think strider (aragorn) from lord of the rings, i think Solomon Kane and Van Helsing.
No real hiding it here, they could all be the same charcter.
Anyway moving the other thought i had after reading is sequels or other film refrences.
Things that come to mind are Pixar with refrence to there other films
Family most episodes have some sort of parody in them for example "something something dark side"
As a family guy fan, and a star wars fan. I really enjoyed this episode. Its just one large pardody however in contrast to this in planet of the apes the same charcter use the same line from the orginal film to the remake and pay tribute to that. It all pokes fun in the story for example the first line, "look we got 4 or 5 of the main charcter on the ship i think we will be fine" its true and when you think about it, its was unlikely they would kill 5 charcters off. The reference to the robot camals, maybe the orginal idea for the book was based on a camal, showing another unorginal idea, the way family guy pokes fun of the concept of a robot camal is funny as it show us literally what we are looking at it.
Another funny video is parody of a the new tron trailer.
as it literally describes everything that happens, which makes the actions and cinemotraghy look silly.
If you liked that assisans creed brotherhood also have a parody
Iconic moment in films are worth using in remakes if it works well however sometimes it doesnt work well and it feel artfical and cheesey.
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Okay so let’s get down to business. Binary opposites. When I heard this I dreaded it the first think that came to mind was 10101001010000101 thank god it wasn’t. What it was was much better, actually opposites. As Ivan said we understand things by both what it is and what it is not. Good and Evil for example, we know what good is as we know what evil is. We know someone who does good deeds is not evil. However the world is just “white and black” as the expression goes. There are shades of grey in between everything. Good and evil is things of fiction, everyone sometime if there life has debated whether to do something bad. This would automatically make them a little bit bad. And evil people also have feelings and have most probably done a nice act and therefore are not just evil. Most “evil” people had visions, Hitler for example probably considered one of the most evil men to live, his ideology’s may not have been evil it just wasn’t normal and the means of getting the results were also not humane. The same is true of good this time I will use a character as an example instead of real person. Batman for example, batman is good. He fights crime, puts away the bad guys. However the reasons for batman to do what he does are not good, he fight crime to avenge his bad parents. His physical appearance and his name also mirror this darkness of the batman.
He where black, a cloaked figure of the night, named after a “creepy/evil” creature. Everything about batman physical look is evil. And if you made a similar character without the logo. And showed this to people and asked them if this was a hero or a villain. I would presume the most common response would be villain. However due to batman’s acts and what we already know about him we known in fact that he is actually a hero. Although is considered an antihero, as James Cordon demonstrates in the film and comic.
We took this a step further with Malcolm today in the seminar he made us work in a group and to discuss binary opposites. Eventually we had to choose a genre of film or of media or choose a character or two to compare. And as a group we found the binary opposites of the things. We for example did Disney Pixar’s Up. We compared Carl Fredricksen and Russell. We compared there attitudes, and physical appearance and found some interesting links. We also looked at how they interacted with each other. We found a range of similarity between the two characters especially as we considered the younger Carl, I thought it was interesting how Pixar had used a physical appearance to mirror the personality difference. However we also discussed how they grew as characters together and compromised their own beliefs and made each other see the world in a different way. Carl ended up more warm hearted and adventurous as he once was when we a boy. And Carl taught Russell how to be brave and that there is more to the world. I think together as character they both really work, and although I have no doubt that these characters could exist without each other they wouldn’t serve much purpose and wouldn’t change and there would be no growth or development.
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Multiplayer. Probably the most powerful tool or feature to a game.
Genrally as I dont game as much as I used too. I like to play multiplayer, now this can mean sitting with a mate controller each. Or over Xbox live. Either playing with people its the most enjoyable experince I have done throughout my gaming life. I think the experince of playing with someone else weather I know them or not increase the pleasure from the game. Whatever genre of game Ive played Fighting, Racings, Role Playing or First Person Shooters the experince is just different.
Okay Im not going to lie, there are alot of annoying people on xbox live and I have turned off the sound more than one time. However I have also played in a clans with organised games. Which is really enjoyable experince as you play with similar minded people with the same aims and the same level of experince. The best two games I have played online are Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and unfortunately World of Warcraft. However these are also the worst games i have played online and the level of realism has been decreased however playing with real people, in real time, with real reactions is alot more realistic and natural than firing at pre developed material.
Just wanted to add something to that post.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
So my first real blog, as everyone is probably writing. I’m not too sure what to write about. But here goes. So the first real lecture.
What is it?
It seems nobody quite knows.
In are seminar discussing is it good or bad?
I personally crave realism in games and animation. I love the constant push of technology pushing the realism and details of CGI. However as everything has to sides. Realism always seems to the sacrifice to either gameplay or storyline. Avatar is a prime example, such a bound ward push of technology but with such a lack of story, and substance. Although I was pleased with general look of the film. The story didn’t keep me gripped.
We also discussed game difficult, I tend to play normal until I complete the game and then go to hard, and if I still survive "Insane" or "Impossible" however once reaching this level of difficult. I constantly find myself dying. And restarting after every mistake I make. And arguing realism...
it’s a clear failure.
The debate then kicked up why do we play games and watch films/animation. It’s not to see realism. It’s to be captured and escape reality. The development of SFX and VFX have helped effects become more real and more believable thus making us fall into the story. My argument is the story is more important than the effects. If we look at Pixar’s UP! Are box headed character and his lady friend. Had crowds in tears at the cinemas, in the first 10 minutes. Not many films have the ability to have that much control over an audience.
I don’t think that anyone will ever be able to explain realism, but I think all we can do is look at what entertains us and push that. If that draws us into the surreal, real or something in between. Then so be it. If definitely won’t be answered by my blog. However it has opened my eyes to what entertains us and what we consider real. And as an audience do we want or even need realism.