Sunday, August 3, 2014

A plea to movie makers

So there are a few stupid things that film makers do that will instantly ruin a perfectly good movie. One is shaky cam. You just spent 35 million dollars to show me an amazing fight scene and the camera is shaking about so much that I can’t see what the hell is going on! It is nauseating overused and I am done with movies that think it’s artistic. It is not artistic it is lazy, that’s right lazy. You are trying to add confusion to a scene and you decided that instead of letting your work speak for itself you thought I’ll give the audience vertigo and make them puke stop it! The second is sound editing and I don’t think that this one gets enough attention. Lots of people complain about shaky cam but poor sound is one that everyone has an example but the outrage just isn’t there. Let me explain what I am taking about. You rent a movie that you have been dying to see but just couldn’t make it to the theater for whatever reason. You get home and in the first couple of minutes adjust the volume on your TV to the right level so you can sit back and lose yourself in the movie. But then the action starts and all of the sudden your ear drums are being blasted out of your head. So once again you adjust the volume this time down. But talking starts up again and it is too damn low to hear what they are saying. So then you spend the whole movie with the remote in your hand trying not to get blasted by explosions or miss important dialog. Level out the damn sound! I know that you think THX Surround sound in the theater is the only thing you have to worry about when making a movie. But most of your money is going to come from after sales and I assume you want your body of work to be one that stands up to the test of time. So please do your damn job and stop releasing movies where the volume is so skewed that it ruins the whole experience

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