?

Log in

No account? Create an account

The Uncanny Valley Effect, Via Cinematic Discontinuity

« previous entry | next entry »
Sep. 9th, 2007 | 06:42 am
location: Sasona
mood: cheerfulcheerful

I was thinking recently about how much I enjoy the results of the work of "continuity" people in cinema -- the people who make sure that the guy who limps for two scenes favors the same leg each time, and keep an eye on the main characters' wardrobe and props so they don't disappear and reappear or change from scene to scene.

And, because this is the sort of person that I am, I thought: "what if you set out to do the exact opposite? A film that was normal in most respects, but in which every point of concern that a continuity expert might attend to were perverted and made to be 'exactly wrong'?" I'm going for the "uncanny valley" effect where things are just normal enough to create the expectation of normalcy but pull out the rug from under it *continuously*.

I think it would be important for the characters to maintain their full narrative arc, and pay no mind to any of the discontinuities, yet be sources of it at the same time. Not so crazy as to become unparseable, but enough to keep disbelief suspended on the edge of a chair tipped back too far. (Negativland comes to mind, but I haven't seen them going for this effect exactly; what I've seen their stuff has been either overlapping video loops as a sort of visual percussion section, or a series of still images.)

Link | Leave a comment | Share

Comments {6}

The Honorary Mayor of Sexytown

(no subject)

from: shaftogigsville
date: Sep. 9th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Link

Would it make you feel better or worse if I told you there was a Benny Hill skit devoted to this once.

Reply | Thread

Triple Entendre

(no subject)

from: triple_entendre
date: Sep. 9th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Link

better!

i am not attached to the idea of ideas being original to me (or at all) -- and by my own estimation of the originality of my thoughts, there are at least a dozen more of me on this earth. although that may literally be a gross underestimate.

Reply | Parent | Thread

The Honorary Mayor of Sexytown

(no subject)

from: shaftogigsville
date: Sep. 9th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Link

Yeah, but some people would freak out if they discovered another one of them was Benny Hill.

Reply | Parent | Thread

Triple Entendre

(no subject)

from: triple_entendre
date: Sep. 9th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Link

Benny Hill got away with a lot of really sophisticated humour amidst the camouflage of all that bawdy slapstick.

Reply | Parent | Thread

The Honorary Mayor of Sexytown

(no subject)

from: shaftogigsville
date: Sep. 9th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
Link

And he bagged a lot of meter maids!

Reply | Thread

Bean

(no subject)

from: fulguritus
date: Sep. 10th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Link

I LOVE IT!

Reply | Thread