Some Quick Pet Peeves about modern cinema:
1) Please use real snow. The laundry detergent you are trying to pass off as snow does not convince.
One of my favorite examples of movie studios using fake snow and insulting the intelligence of the audience was in King Kong. That movie spent millions upon millions on creating a convincing giant monkey, recreating circa 1930’s New York city..and yet during the New York scenes the snow is so ridiculously fake it might as well have been pink.
I think the reason this disparity occurs is because most films are done in LA..where it never snows. They use shredded paper as snow and to them, that’s convincing. When real snow is used it makes the movie SO much better. A great example is EMPIRE STRIKES BACK..they flew to the fucking Hardangerjøkulen glacier in NORWAY just to have a convincing snow scene..and it SHOWS. the Only exception is when they film the scenes in the giant hangar that’s carved out of ice..that ice looks like spray-painted Styrofoam, which of course it was. Same goes with the Luke hanging upside down from the ice cave scene.
2) When filming a ‘wild’ house party with 30 year-old teenagers, and there is supposed to be music playing, you might want to film it with actual music playing so there is SOME sense of rhythm.
Yes, they usually film these scenes with no music at all in order to get a clear recording of the actors dialogue..however..when the music is added later and you see everyone ‘dancing’..it’s so painfully obvious that they were dancing to nothing that it ruins the illusion. As a dancer it’s even more obvious to me.
3) Replacing a human actor with a computer-animated model does not convince AT ALL. It’s very obvious when the real actor is replaced with a video game character.
Movies guilty of this include Matrix Revolutions (the burly brawl scene with the zillion agents). In the Burly Brawl scene, the fight is AWESOME up until they replace Keanu Reeves with a computer animated model. Then it looks shitty. Other movies guilty of this is Blade 2 (that ninja fight with the lights behind them) and Spiderman 1 and 2. The technology is not there yet. Give it maybe 10 more years and we’ll have convincing computer animated actors.
ok Done my Rant.