8.4.07

Self-Perpetuating Genre Trappings

How many times have we seen this? At some point during a high speed chase or other action sequence, someone realises that their vehicle, spaceship or hovercraft is about to crash, throws up their hands, and screams. We then cut to an external view as they plough into the obstruction and inevitably explode.

The thing is, I often notice that the time period between exploding and throwing up of hands is sufficient that the character really should have had no problem steering around the object in question - if only they hadn't taken their hands off the wheel. In short, directors: to improve the quality of your movie, please minimise the amount of time between screaming and exploding.

That is all.

9 comments:

zhoen said...

All a matter of editing from the star scream to the stunt crash. I agree.

I hear that the last words spoken on most 'black box' recording is, "oh, shit."

Diddums said...

I don't know - I've been silently screaming in cars for the past few months recently, even if we're just sitting there with other cars passing US...

I suppose you don't get to 40 without realizing how thin a line it is between everything going on as usual and everything going to pot. One moment you have a whole glass, the next, it's scattered in a thousand shards. And one moment you're planning your supper, the next, you have no plans to eat for three months.

Pacian said...

@Z: I guess we can hardly expect great eloquence, can we?

@D: All the same, if you realise you're about to hit something, please try and avoid it instead of just screaming.

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heather said...

i'm here by way of chic and what an appropriate post for my introduction to your world. lol one of my sisters, brat, is a throw you hands up and scream kinda gal. i'm a freak out ~after~ you've steered to safety kinda gal. our car insurance premiums reflect the difference.
as far as the movies go, directors have been in love with screamers for far too long. i wish there was a way i could charge them for every second of needless screaming.

Terri /Tinker said...

This makes me think of an unfortunate incident a few years back, where I was a passenger in a car accident. I had just told the driver to "Stop!" as she was turning - I thought I'd seen another vehicle passing behind a truck that was stopped in the opposite lane - her reply was "it's too late now" and she kept on turning anyway - right in the path of the vehicle that emerged from behind the stopped truck! If there was time to tell me there wasn't time to stop, I think there was time to have actually STOPPED.
I think my scream would have only taken a second on screen though...

Geosomin said...

But how else could they explode 5 times from 10 different anlges if they don't make time for it? :)

Then again, I grew up with a crazy driving mother whose answer to problems on the road was to literlly throw up her hands, yell and brake all at once. Oddly enough I survived my childhood...but I don't drive with her anymore :)

Pacian said...

@R: Aw! Thanks. I will parcel it out into small pieces and eat it over several days. (It is an edible prize, right?)

@H: Welcome to my world indeed. Please note the emergency exits located here<, here^ and here>, which you may experience an overwhelming desire to use within a very short space of time.

@T: Bodes ill for your career in Hollywood, I think.

@G: I hope your mother doesn't drive with herself any more either. o_O

susanna said...

I think your suggestion is a good one - it's very polite. Perhaps a British reaction? I think the New Jersey reaction would be to use lots of expletives and a hand signal (and not a nice one at that).