Although the still shot technique could be construed as laziness, I feel this artistic approach also left the short film open to interpretation while at the same time sheltered its plot from skepticism and having holes poked in the plot. Generally, movies dealing with time travel leave complicated loop holes open for debate, however by using still images, this film seems to skirt around that issue all together, and allows viewers like us to draw the conclusions on our own, even if those conclusions are as outlandish as saying that David Bowie's success can be attributed to his adept use of time traveling.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
La Jetee and Special Effects
One of the subjects we touched on lightly in class on Tuesday was the ability of La Jetee to portray an alternate reality where time travel is possible with relatively no special effects. I believe this is in large part due to the unorthodox film technique of using still images rather than actual shots with movement. I found the short movie to be a nice juxtaposition to other more advanced sci-fi films we watched, which portrayed similarly impossible alternate realities using special effects, fancy costumes and special effects. Nonetheless, I felt the film was able to put forth a similar mystique to draw in the audience while maintaining a realistic feel.