I was excited to see that Syfy had two new TV shows coming out this summer, KillJoys and Dark Matter…until I watched them.
After J.J. Abrams was relentlessly made fun of for the amount of lens flare in his first attempt at a Star Trek movie, he ended up apologizing .
So when Syfy commissioned two new shows they decided that both of them should have absurd amounts of lens flare and ultra high black/white contrast…interesting choice.
In addition, both shows have decided that human vision has drastically changed in the future. Apparently it is perfectly normal to build spaceships and buildings that have harsh white fluorescent light strips at eye level in every wall of the structure. Can you actually imagine going to work or a store and having all the fluorescent lights mounted on the walls? Absurd. And apparently the ‘natural world’ outdoor scenes are all on planets that have suns with extra white light.
Movies like Interstellar prove that normal lighting is a perfectly acceptable modern way to tell a science fiction story. Like any show, you just need a good plot, good actors, and interesting camera work. At this point I’m assuming that Syfy cannot find good actors, writers, or directors. Or they are intentionally marketing their programs to 9 year old’s or telling the creators to make crap. But I have to believe that even a 9 year old would find the camera and lighting work in Interstellar far superior to J.J. Abrams lens flares or the harsh white wall lights that are omnipresent in both the Killjoys and Dark Matter tv shows.
But then again, I know next to nothing about making a modern TV show. I guess these new “high contrast”, “never show the actors face in natural light”, “lens flare like crazy”, “shake the camera in every action scene so you can’t really see the action”, techniques are what tests well with newer audiences. I am predicting more books and less TV in my future if this is the direction that the industry is taking.
Maybe I am getting old? What the newer generation wants, they will get, and us ‘older folks’ will always complain.
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to SOCRATES by Plato, according to William L.
Patty and Louise S. Johnson, Personality and Adjustment, p. 277
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