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Sunday, November 12, 2006

the moving image

The two lectures we had really fitted together, the history of comics lecture showed how comics have evolved and their different styles, the moving image lecture was about cartoons and films and it was easy to see how comics follwed the film style but in a static format. Watching the video clips of the shapes that were burned directly onto the film or made with objects placed on the film itself were very insightful and made me thnik back to last year when i attended a film festival along with some over people from the IMD class to see a collection of films based around colour. The films that were shown during the lecture I recognised from the film festival. These films I find a bit hard to watch as it is largly a collection of fast moving images and colours which at times are sore on the eyes, The music fits in very well to these films and it is amazing that they were able to time these films so well. It is very nice to see film which is not jsut our ingrained view of it which is a narrative no matter how abstract, even fantasia which had scenes very like these small pieces of films had a slight narrative to it, these films however do not, they are liberating to watch in a way becasue there is no story, it is completly engaging because you can draw what you like from it.
The comics lecture i was very interested in because i really like comics. Marvel and Dc comics are very prominent comic comapanies in our life more so now with the abundance of superhero movies, the comic book genre is becoming more accessible to more poeple. but is this at the expense of the die hard comic book fans. Comic book fans are fierce over their genre and demand a level of truth to the original material, for example during the filming of the Batman film Tim Burton recieved critism from fans jsut for changing the look of the suit that Batman wore, he was also critised for choosing Michal Keaton for the role, even Adam West for the tv series of Batman thought he would do a better job. Fans of the Constantine books vented their outrage at the script and the fact the the charactor wasnt true to the orginal. As a comic book and vidoe game fan I have also found myself raging at plot holes and screw-ups in films, especially X-men 3 when a sentinal is seen during the opening fight and nothing else is mentioned about it. so the quwstion i've got to ask is is it worth losing the fans that have supported the comics just so a few extra pounds can be made from new fans. I suppose the films create many fans of comics among a younger generation which will help to keep it going but does that mean that the comics will have to evolve for a new generation, a new generation that is growing up on Beyblade and Yu-Gi-Oh and pseudo manga American cartoons such as the rework of the btman cartoon and Totally spiesd. We know the history of comics but what is their future when films and the invasion of manga and Japanese Anime is changing them.

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