Friday, March 12, 2010

"And then the music gets hopeful..."

If you never saw any of the Academy Award winners for this year, last year, or the last 10 years, then watch this, and you won't ever have to:

The more I watch this little film, the more brilliant it appears. Of course the satire is funny and true, but it strikes me as significant in an entirely different way.

Last year, Mark Steyn wrote a number of articles about the sudden obsolescence of the newspaper industry. Until just 10 years ago, to operate a newspaper required big money - big physical plant, tons of paper in rolls, giant typesetting machinery, big unionized workforce. An individual just couldn't do it, and that's why newspapers became the businesses we grew up with.

The same thing could be said about the movie industry: to make a film that looks like a film, you have to spend millions of dollars on sets, technicians, trained actors, and only a multimillion dollar studio can do it. Well, along come these two guys at Britanick (rhymes with "Titanic") -, and they produce this hilarious little video spoofing the products of those multimillion dollar studios.

And what gets me is that this little film looks so good! Look at the sets, the lighting, the camera work, the acting. I would easily buy that these "scenes" came out of a real Hollywood movie. This looks real, and yet the guys making it didn't need Warner Brothers' giant superstructure to produce it.

Could this be a harbinger of the end of Hollywood, just as the blogs pushed aside the MSM? For a few years, it's been predicted that people would be able to produce movies on their computer, and Hollywood would become obsolete. I thought, "Well, maybe for animated movies", but I didn't really think it could happen for "real" movies, because I've read about how complicated they are to make. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe you DON'T need a cast of thousands in the background to make a movie. Maybe you can do what these guys did - once you're educated in the techniques (obviously they're not just amateurs with a video camera in their living room), you can buy the equipment and do it yourself, and the results will be convincing.

Just as blogging demystified the "profession" of reporting, this may be the end of the mystique of acting and directing. Maybe it isn't something that only a rare few professionals can do; maybe with enough practice and perseverence, lots of people can look as good as (Academy Award Winning Actor) and (Academy Award Winning Actress).

(Hat tip to American Digest)


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