Grand Majority of movies suck arse - is there a role for UX in cinema?
10 Jan 2011 - 6:54am
2 years ago
I'm constantly astounded at the increasing inability of "successful" movies to tell stories, build characters, and make an actual point.
I'm a firm believer in narrative - essentially a story needs to have a point (of some sort) - otherwise it's fluff-tastic.
This, I believe, is the core of user experience - and if anything, a movie should be an experience. Even if it's an "escape from reality mind-numbing movie" - should it not be crafted as such? If I make it to the end (which has been a rarity lately), then should I not feel some sense of something? Other than WTF did I waste the last 2 hours of my life on.
I refer here to the nature of people - after many years of watching people watching (and making the grave mistake of going to movies with people where I am not able to walk out and savour those hours of my life without being cast as a rude bitch - which might actually be what I am)
1. Those (that fascinate me) who must watch a movie until the end - despite the fact they openly admit 30 mins in that it is boring / irritating / horrific / many other terms that are derogatory to their experience. Yet, they continue to watch the film to "get it done". These people I believe are about having "done" something - the same kind that like to "go" somewhere in order to get a stamp on their passport.
2. Those with the Faith - who will still watch something believing that there is a point at the end.
3. Those who will attempt to watch, understand it's not their thing, and leave (regardless of whether it's a cinema, rental or download). These people are about not wasting time on things that do not have meaning.
I suppose it's really all about the power of one's reflective system.
But the reality is - there are so many films that are made, watched and paid for - despite their lack of story, acting and ultimately meaning.
I openly admit that I am a little of a harsh judge when it comes to storytelling -- which I believe is inherent within UX and even moreso - film making. Honestly - my favourite genre used to be Horror, until Horror lost its mojo. No story - just gore and stupid hot girls running up stair-cases to their expectant termination.
My disappointment comes from my recent experience -
Finally having some time off, so excited I was at the prospect of spare time and a few days of Sloth-dom...
I commenced the long awaited "catchup" of all that was awaiting on my hard drive. Several hours later, I gave up trying to find something that engaged me. ... demoralised by a stream of disenchantment with one film after the other. What had happened to on of my true loves (film)?
Please challenge me. I believe there may be a need for user experience in Film-making... or am I just burnt?
It seems lost on the studios - for example, a Romantic Comedy in its true form just doesn't cut it. Sure - you're not going to get an epiphany - but comedy should make you laugh, and romantic should make you heartfelt.
I feel disappointed that such a powerful medium seems wasted. People pay to watch these things - which seems to me a complete rip off the majority of the time (and I exclude the good ones - eg. Inception) in my judgy judgement.
Or - perhaps it is just cynical me.
Love to know your thoughts to diffuse my demoralised state on the state of one of my favourite storytelling mediums