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A New Developments in Screen and Film Theory: The Magic and the Real
Journalism & Communication
Pages 4 (1004 words)
A New Development in Screen and Film Theory: The Magic and the Real Perhaps the most appropriate film that would best encapsulate new developments in screen and film theory, particularly in rendering “magic” to the big screen that makes it so real is Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon.
Aliens in the characters of Autobots (Optimus Prime et al.) and Decepticons were conveyed to be so real with the cinematography and so realistic that we are tempted to believe. The audience knew that Autobots, Decepticons and their planet Cybertron do not exist but the technological spectacle of putting them on screen was so incredible real that we couldn’t help think it was all true. The visual rendering was so effective and intense that it could even be taken as overkill in the use of technological visuals; the appeal of the film rests mainly on visuals in recognition of the audience’s increasing “attention deficit disorder”. According to Crary the 19th century Western mass entertainment is obsessed due to the perceived breakdown in attention of the audience such as the use of trance, reverie, monomania and hypnosis (1999), which in this case is technological spectacle. The argument of Jean-Louis Baudry could be valid especially in the trailer of the film Transformer that is being critiqued. The plot is really simple to the point of being predictable that inferring to street parlance, it is a “no brainer” because the story of two warring groups be it Autobots and Decepticons or other entities and the idea of the world being invaded by aliens is already a cliche yet we are engrossed with the film. ...
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