I've been consistently frustrated with the ridiculously, unnecessary volumes of IMAX features - whether in a mainstream feature film or in museums. Sometimes even the dialogue is too loud. In this film, the dialogue was bearable, sound effects were way too loud, and the music was deafening.
A while back, I swore to never bother seeing an IMAX version of a feature film again, but I wanted to see these visuals on a large screen - I unfortunately forgot to bring ear plugs.
Quote: "The filmmaking crowd is generally a step ahead of the average person in this department. The craft itself grooms us to be open to new ideas, to sympathize with the antagonist and to find flaws in the protagonist."
Very well said. I have to agree.
"The Girl Next Door" was surprisingly some really well done storytelling. Even though it probably falls squarely into these "what not to do" guidelines, they pulled it off well.
Damn, that was a great article. Loved learning her process and all the techniques she's used to overcome the various challenges she has faced. Tons of great advice, no matter how big or small your projects are.
Always wanted to see "Lords of Dogtown," but never got around to it. Definitely going to check it out sooner than later.
I have to say that I don't expect there to be much of anything interesting to say about the making of this film. I know I'm part of the minority, and I've held back posting anything about it because so many people seem to hold it close to their hearts, but I found it very uninspiring, and didn't feel the love. I apologize to anyone who feels differently, and would welcome any points that would convince me otherwise.
I'm giving Abrams and company the benefit of the doubt that it was Disney pushing them to crank this film out as quickly as possible to start making some money back on their multi-billion dollar investment, but everything about it felt rushed and incomplete. Not something to be studied and analyzed for its brilliance.
I'm a firm believer in story first. Substance. It's overwhelming and stays with you for days, possibly for life, when done right. This was a beautiful example of that.