Eve Of The War

"battlestar Galactica" Versus "war Of The Worlds"
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Author:  Flaming Poultice [ Wed Mar 23, 2005 5:55 am ]
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<span style='font-family:Arial'><span style='font-size:11pt;line-height:100%'><br />Since you lucky Brits were able to view the revisioned <br />‘Battlestar Galactica’ long before us poor Canadian <br />saps, I’m wondering how it was received. Particularly <br />in terms of the cinematography, which (so it would seem <br />from the early CGI tests) is being applied to some of <br />the effects shots for the new WOTW.<br /><br />(I am speaking, of course, about the ‘impossible zoom’ <br />shots, where we’re viewing a panoramic star-scape around <br />the Galactica, and then – ZOOP! – the camera zooms <br />impossibly and we’re suddenly focused on the actions of <br />a very small ship some five miles away.)<br /><br />As far as it goes with the CGI motion tests, I loved the <br />technique. Not only did it give the viewer the chance <br />to focus on different aspects of the Fighting Machine, <br />it seemed to add a real dynamism to the shot. It also <br />helped make it inherently re-watchable. We have to <br />remember that the vast majority of the audience won’t be <br />as juiced about seeing a Fighting Machine as some of us <br />will be (and I’ve watched that test footage probably 40 <br />times at this point). A little cinematic dynamism can <br />go a long way.<br /><br />My question is, how far should it go? I notice, on <br />‘Battlestar’, that they seem to apply similar camera <br />techniques to the dramatic character-driven scenes, and <br />it doesn’t quite work. <br /><br />As far as modern sci-fi goes, what’s the consensus on <br />the ‘hyper camera’ methods, and does it even mean <br />anything that they used them in the CGI tests?<br /></span></span>

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