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Cross Media Productions

I recently saw Hunger Games in theaters. My review of it was that it was good, and my main complaints is the had a lot of the camera annoyances like a shaky shots and zooming in close during fight scenes so it was difficult to tell what was going on and the alterations that are necessary for any book that is turned into a movie. This brings me to the title of this post. I’m not really sure I used it right, but what i am referring to is when a something is remade in another form of media, in this case, a book made into a movie. As was the case here and is usually the case, the movie wasn’t as good as the book. The only time this wasn’t the case was Forrest Gump; then again the movie and and the book were barely related. They had the same characters, and many of the same events, but the book was more of a Comedy with Forrest being an Idiot Savant, and the movie was more of a Drama, with Forrest being an idiot with a heart of gold.

In the case of Hunger Games there wasn’t really much changed from the book to movie, just little things like a relatively insignificant character removed, and other events changed in small ways that didn’t change the overall story. Some things were added, but were necessary. Things that were going on and needed to be shown, because the book is written in first person from the perspective of Katnis and there was a lot of explaining that only happened inside of her head.

This always seems to be the case when a book is made into a movie There is always a lot that is left out, and quite a bit that is outright changed. This is obvious because it needs to appeal to the new audiences that the new media appeals to, not just the original fans, although those are often who they actually lose with the change. It’s what happened with the Batman movies the Transformer movies, the later X-Men and quite a few other Marvel movies (Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Elektra. etc.) . People new to them that didn’t actually know anything of the source material enjoyed them – for the most part – but the original fans hated the movies for how much they changed. This part was actually a bit odd for me, because, Transformers was an Anime, something that should easily be transferred to a movie, and comic books which many nowadays are extremely episodic, but i guess it just goes back to appealing to a larger audience and not just to the herd of nerds that like the original stuff.

Another cross media creation that has cropped up is Book series being made into TV shows. My first experience with this is the making of Dreden Files into a TV show, that only lasted the one season and Legend of the Seeker, which i think lasted two or three. Both of these were changed drastically from their source material, but mostly necessarily, because to be true to the source material, a great deal of it would not have been appropriate for television, which is why i think Game of Thrones is doing so well because they can stay true to their violent and sexual source material.

The last worth mentioning is that games based off of movies are almost always terrible. This actually has a better excuse because games based off movies are usually made while the movie is being made and while it has very little to go on with what happens in the movie – something that often changes while the film is being made – games usually need a lot more time then a movie to be good, and yet they are still expected to come outbefore the movie to build the hype. Of course they’re going to suck, they don’t have the information to be accurate or the time to to be good.

Recently, Games have started to be made into movies, but not to much of a positive effect. For instance the Resident Evil movie didn’t touch well with most of the original fans of RE, but i hadn’t played any of the games when i saw the first movie and i actually enjoyed it. What they did that annoyed people is to take the basic story of the first game, and re imagine it with original characters and altered environments and events. This I actually think was a good idea, at least for this media. They kept most of the basic things: Umbrella, S.T.A.R.S., and Zombies, and made something that would actually appeal to a wider audience, and probubly got more people wanting to play the games, I know I did. The reason i didn’t want to play the original games was becuase I really wasn’t into the horror genre, but seeing that it had a great deal of action, i was interested, and have actually enjoyed the RE games i have played through: RE4 and 5.

Thing is, Movies made into games, Games made into Movies, Books made into Movies, Movies made into Books (something that i have never really delved into myself honestly) and other cross media are never going to be the same, nor should they. There are things that need to be left out, altered, and added in because they just don’t fit. A movie to game can’t be the same because a gamer should be in control of the outcome, a book to movie can’t be the same because an over-present narrator is just annoying. The best thing to realize is that things will change in the new product, but you shouldn’t let the reflect on the source material or the media as a whole, i.e. I didn’t like The Eragon or Percy Jackson movies, but i liked the concept behind them so I assumed that the books were (and having read them can say they are) better then the movies.


Wing Commander

I’m not sure if anyone bothered to remember this movie. I barely remembered it when i came across it on Blockbuster Online, but i thought i would give it a shot. As I was watching it, I was having a hard time remembering what was so bad about it. Until it came to the space scenes that were really crappy, and they also played the typical annoying sci-fi mistake of making noise in space that only Firefly/Serenity managed to avoid. They also had the really horrible alien puppets that only moved their eyes and mouths. It might have been a better movie, or at least more popular, if that hadn’t cast Freddie Prince Jr an Matthew Lillard in a Movie that was ‘supposed’ to be based on a video game. Yeah, let’s put Fred and Shaggy into space and have them fly around shooting aliens. Oh and just for kicks, lets have the goofy guy (Shaggy) have a dramatic situation that makes him all sad-faced. In the original game Mark Hamil did one of the voices. Gee, I wonder if Luke Skywalker would have been a good casting choice for Nerds.

What’s that? This movie was based on a game? Why yes it was. Not a game I’ve ever played, because it was a flight simulator made in the 90s, and i wasn’t really that much of a computer gamer until a while after it was released, and even then i really didn’t stray far from games that were made by Blizzard. I was also more of a console gamer, and the computer was in the basement, where it was cold.

Back to the game though, It actually had cut scenes that had actual actors and were FMV. This was actually a common practice in that time done by other games like Myst and Star Wars Dark Forces. So, in my eyes, a better movie would have been if they had just made a longer version of one of those.

The thing that I really did like about the movie was the Pilgrim Side-story. Pilgrims were the first to explore the galaxy. It wasn’t very well described but to jump from one point to another, they would travel close to spacial anomalies like quasars and black holes and just the right point. The Pilgrims developed a sense that allowed them to do this naturally, but then an A.I. was invented that could do this without the pilgrims. It wasn’t really explained well or elaborated upon, other then some minor racism because Freddy was half-pilgrim, and he was the only one that could jump in certain situations and save the day! I would have really appreciated more on this story. They even had their own version of the Cross, that had a thin blade that popped out at the bottom. It just screamed being stabbed into a console or something making technology work better….or something, I don’t know, but they showed it off without really describing what it does.

A fun scene was a prequel to the bullet dodge scene in the matrix where the camera swings around which happened when the world seemed to freeze in the moment of the jump. Obviously this one was poorly done. Choppy and clearly just thrown in as an afterthought. To bad it was done better later in the same month in The Matrix.

Really though, it was fun to watch. There aren’t that many sci-fi movies, and usually they are really good/innovative, or really bad/funny. Guess what kind this movie is.