Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The new Maleficent movie trailer review...

Ok so OF COURSE Im excited about the new trailer. In fact I got goosebumps watching and loved the "fear me" concept of it because of course I can relate to it as a gay because its sort of the same feeling I had as a kid, and I imagine many other gays did as well, of "If you see the real me you are not going to like it" compacted with the WISH that you could be powerful because of course as a baby gay you are anything but and are a totally outnumbered outsider so the fantasy of being an uber powerful witch is VERY appealing and you can relate in a wishful fashion. I mean the girl quite literally asks her to "come out", which of course she does to the terror of all, which is why we love her. She looks great but SO HELP ME GOD IF THEY DONT MAKE HER TALL I will be the one conjuring green flames at the premiere! Visually I REALLY HOPE its not all goopey over saturated CGI like the shitty and empty Alice in Wonderland movie, which it looks like it could be. I would be really surprised if they didnt do any art direction or styling with the CGI though but who knows maybe they wont. For example why is the light source that we see in every shot WHITE LIGHT?! Thats just WRONG, it needs to have some kind of color to it. Sleeping Beauty is SO INCREDIBLY stylized and beautifully so and this trailer is not at all, this is sort of a shame and a missed opportunity for Disney to regain some artistic "street creds" and earn back the respect they used to have for being true artists. MAYBE HOPEFULLY they can do something between now and MAY to tone down the garishness of what were seeing here and add some art direction that reigns in the limitless spectrum, and overly bright lighting, theyre currently showing and give the film some STYLE other then "LOTS OF CGI AND SATURATION" which in my book is not a style at all but actually the LACK of styling and art direction which is just really crappy image making. Did I ever give my mantra for good design/styling? Its easy... Limit, relate, repeat. I learned it from an old queen. The almost NAGEL-esque direction of this poster I totally appreciate as well as the sting-ray skin on the fore-head. p.s I thought more about it and this is what I thought: Disney is responsible for a lot of the most incredible art direction ever but that was mostly in animation a field that was mastered in the 30's. Now with "new" cgi I think the art form is so new they havent learned how to make "art" with it yet. I think its the fact that these CGI artists are trained to make things as "real" as possible and not to make "art" which is the NEXT step. They havent even mastered getting it "real" yet before they can make it artistic. I know many can, but theyre (or the studios) still more concerned with realness over manipulation of that realness to create fantasy. They still just want to make a unicorn look PASSABLE. They sorta havent learned that to make something more real you have to stylize it so that it can become a fantasy just like in our mind, and thats what makes something of fantasy have power and seem fantastic. Making it "real" makes it well...like this.

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Parker said...

i agree. its like shit. many disappointing red flags. the shitty title font makes me want to throw myself down the stairs. when maleficent conjurs the weeds they appear to be in a neat "moat" like formation (kill me now) and speaking solely about the cgi quality how is if that the new star trek and the new thor installments have breathtaking cgi and this just looks like garbage?!! ugh sigh

MJ said...

I love what you said about stylizing something to make it more real. I thought about that before when I was talking to a friend about the "uncanny valley" concept. When animators focus solely on realism they may unintentionally produce something that feels creepy or 'off' because the character looks real but feels lifeless. I think the solution is to intentionally stylize certain characteristics, movements, etc. to create a something with character that feels real and relatable. Kind of makes me want to get into CGI :)

Sue said...

I know precisely what you mean about getting the reality in art and then conveying the artistic aspect as far as CGI. This is where I am at in my art! I am still trying to capture the reality and cannot move forward with the art part of it! So frustrating! But Disney will get there, with time. What a shame if they aren't there in this movie as it will be a wasted opportunity, and what a wonderful opportunity to waste. Oh the horror!

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