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PLEASE no Production Diaries

Sunflower
Valinor

Jun 6 2008, 4:33am


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PLEASE no Production Diaries [In reply to] Can't Post

For many reasons, but this is one of the more subtler but in the end more important ones, IMO.

With a documentary-style piece (something that you can tell was filmed on set, a documentary camera capturing "over the shoulder" as a film is being made, you put on the Extended DVD Appendices 5 yrs later, you feel a genuine sense of "being there" witnessing that proverbial lightening being captured in the bottle, witnessing history in the making. This sense of the viewer being a "third party that just happened to sneak in and be granted access" is what keeps me coming back to view them again and again and if I were a film student...! . You do get the sense that you are a fly on the wall and party to a historic process as it unfolded.

A Production Diary, on the other hand, quickly grows stale b/c there is nothing SPONTANEOUS about it. As much as set access as you get, you never feel you are part of the filming process; instead just the opposite: you feel excluded b/c what is being shown to you was PRE-PACKAGED for you. If you were a film student, this would be the Orientation video, with all the excitement those have. While, of course, the really juicy stuff is happening in another building. With the full assembly of cast, camera-people, gaffers, grips, and assorted hangers-on, told to silence their cell phones now, we are filming, please. The huge crowds of people on any given day on any given set for LOTR, indoor or outdoors, and we see this in every frame of the Appendices. I'ts why I treasure them so much.

Oh and one more thing: let me add my voice to the "please, as little spoilers as possible, I don't care about the 80%" camp. Mr.Del Toro, we respect your wish not to keep the fans in the dark, and we know you are very interactive with your fans, but some of us do like secrets!


(This post was edited by Sunflower on Jun 6 2008, 4:42am)

Subject User Time
GDT Talks Hobbit and Spoilers calisuri Send a private message to calisuri Jun 5 2008, 11:29am
    THe Hobbit is not a holy book. xxxyyy Send a private message to xxxyyy Jun 5 2008, 12:41pm
        No offense but... merklynn Send a private message to merklynn Jun 5 2008, 12:56pm
            No offence at all, we have different points of view. xxxyyy Send a private message to xxxyyy Jun 5 2008, 4:57pm
                "The Hobbit" is not "the first book Tolkien wrote". N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jun 5 2008, 5:16pm
                    My last words xxxyyy Send a private message to xxxyyy Jun 5 2008, 10:02pm
                        Ok... merklynn Send a private message to merklynn Jun 5 2008, 10:29pm
                Why not please both groups? stormcrow20 Send a private message to stormcrow20 Jun 5 2008, 10:36pm
                The Hobbit is not all Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Jun 6 2008, 1:24am
                    PLEASE no Production Diaries Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Jun 6 2008, 4:33am
                        Are you sure you meant . . . Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Jun 7 2008, 9:02am
    Humm humm... leo Send a private message to leo Jun 5 2008, 12:50pm
        How much will you keep up on? ArathornJax Send a private message to ArathornJax Jun 5 2008, 12:58pm
            Don't be scared Empedocles Send a private message to Empedocles Jun 5 2008, 1:26pm
                Hear hear! // merklynn Send a private message to merklynn Jun 5 2008, 1:38pm
            Depends where it is coming from. leo Send a private message to leo Jun 5 2008, 2:00pm
        Agree Mithrandír Send a private message to Mithrandír Jun 5 2008, 4:50pm
        I think Artanis Send a private message to Artanis Jun 5 2008, 9:41pm
        Don't know if I'm in the minority here or not Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin Jun 6 2008, 8:11am
    Is is a 'spoiler' if you've read the book? deej Send a private message to deej Jun 5 2008, 2:10pm
        Peter did the same thing with LotR grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jun 5 2008, 2:37pm

 
 
 

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