|Your Daddy Is Patrick Stewart|
What You Call Him: Dada
Why You Love Him: He knows best
Your Pimp Name Is...
|You Are a Boston Creme Donut|
You have a tough exterior. No one wants to mess with you.
But on the inside, you're a total pushover and completely soft.
You're a traditionalist, and you don't change easily.
You're likely to eat the same doughnut every morning, and pout if it's sold out.
"Keptin, Keptin, there is thees woman with enormous breasts dressed in tin foil!"
I grew up with Star Trek and still find the show enjoyable, so I was rather happy to find copies of the season sets for half off what Paramount is gouging all the other dorks for. William Shatner is always a hoot and the isolated scores are of some interest to me. The only issue I have is that the booklet for Season 1 is missing. Raz and I got back into town, I took him home and caught "Dagger of the Mind" and "Day of the Dove" before finally zonking out and falling into a deep, dark sleep... at 9:00 P.M. I haven't seen these in a while and never looking as good as these DVDs do. What is really interesting about these shows is that while the special effects have aged - never more obvious than in these gleaming remasters - but there's more ingenuity on display in achieving them.
I used to find special effects a fascinating topic. There are so many fascinating stories, so many methods by which to achieve something that just seems to have fallen by the wayside in the digital age. Nowadays, everything is just CGI, and I feel that those limitations often caused the filmmakers to be more creative. How an effect was achieved was as important as what the effect was supposed to be of. A scene had to be planned out with many practical considerations that aren't neccesary with CGI.
Don't get me wrong. CGI is a fantastic technology that frees filmmakers from the limitations of analog processes. It allows the imagination almost free reign over the cinematic medium. However, of course just because one can achieve a thing doesn't mean that one should. The Star Wars prequels are very good demonstrations of this. Before the digital revolution, any effect had to be carefully planned for and a full understanding of the technical elements of cinema were required. Effects shots were a big deal.
Furthermore, in addition to CGI being used for effects work, it is today mployed extensively to correct mistakes the filmmakers make. Continuity and costume errors, boom mic shadows, reframing shots. I don't want to go so far as to say that this is wrong as I myself have had to throw out shots that were perfect but for a boom mic that I would rather have saved, but I can't help but feel that there are some filmmakers out there who are relying upon fixing things in post that are basic aspects of filmmaking.
It's just that as I look at these old shows with their primitive special effects, I can enjoy them regardless of how grainy the effects shots are, how flickery some of the opticals can be and so on. But I find that many of the most spectacular looking films of recent years have already started looking like cartoons, and rather than have the rustic quality that dated analog effects have, they instead look just silly.
Once again, I like CGI. It is a marvelous advancement in the cinematic medium. But like all such advances, its ultimate worth is defined by the artistry of the people making the films.