Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Mamo #89: TMI

Five is in theatres, Seven is imminent, and so we send out a missive from the eye of the Harry Potter perfect storm. Is it even posssible for us to be surprised by anything anymore? The internet, production journals, AICN, and the everpresent SPOILER ALERT! culture say no. We have our own things to say.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

Hey guys, there seems to be some sort of technical issue happening, as the file downloads as a very small 12 kb file. I tried it a couple of times to make sure it wasn't something on my end, but it's always just a small 12 kb file and I was able to download older podcasts without any problem.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Vasta said...

Great show as usual guys, but what's up with the podcast not being updated on iTunes? I had to listen to it...gasp...in my browser!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

Well, with the new Harry Potter leaking out on BitTorrent websites a couple of days ago, after an online store that accidentally sent HP7 out last Tuesday, there are already a number of places online discussing the book and it's ending. So I'm now already avoiding message boards and certain websites to avoid spoilers. Most fans wouldn't spoil the ending for other fans, but there seems to be a number of trolls out there who hate Harry Potter and so would like nothing better to spoil it for other people. I certainly saw a number of them around a week after the last Harry Potter book came out, using the ending of the 6th book as a title of threads (I had already finished reading it by then thankfully).

As for studios leaking information, I think any time they get the make-up finalized for a character major movie, the first thing they should do, even before filming, is to take a production photo and put it up on their official website. That should stop the tons of out of focus photos that look horrible leaking onto the internet.

Also I think the 1998 US Godzilla was the last movie to really have something surprising. It was a horrible movie, but until the release of the movie they managed to keep what Godzilla looked like a secret. Apparently Michael Bay was hoping to keep what some of the Transformers looked like a secret until opening weekend. So that the audience would be surprised when a certain vehicles turned out to be Transformers. Yet fairly early on there were leaks from people working on the movie. When a movie gets so large and involving so many people, especially as you guys mentioned involving a certain number of third party companies, it's just impossible to keep it a secret completely. Putting photos up themselves is the only way that I can see of the bad muddy photos beating them to the punch.

Meanwhile even if a movie production manages to keep a movie secret, most trailers are too revealing showing frames of how the movie ends, thanks to a stupid marketing department. More directors should be involved in their trailers, so that almost the whole movie isn't spoiler in trailers.

That said, while the new Harry Potter book is an extreme example, it's generally not hard to avoid spoilers. I've watched serial shows such as Lost and Battlestar Gallactica on DVD and don't find out anything about them before hand. My dislike to revealing trailers, I often walk out of the theatre and go to the washroom before a movie starts while the trailers run. Even then when I'm subjected to them, I will go as far as closing my eyes while the trailer runs. Because I was on vacation when Pirates 3 came out, followed by my wife breaking her ankle, I haven't been able to see Pirates 3 yet. I hope to see it this weekend, as my local threatre is still playing it and yet I don't know hardly anything about the plot and haven't seen the trailer or any footage. All I've seen is a handful of stills from the movie and will still be able to go into the theatre completely fresh ready for any surprises.

It takes a bit of work, especially for someone like myself who reads way too many movie websites, but anyone can still see a movie, watch a tv show or read a book still with the element of surprise if they want to.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Tederick said...

Yeah I don't know what's wrong with this episode. I can't get it in iTunes either, even after deleting and resubscribing.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Mattvideo said...

I have resync'ed the feed. all should be well.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous troubleshooter said...

Episode is downloading for me fine in Japan. Thanks for the ep. Matts.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Vasta said...

Works fine on iTunes now. Sweet.

9:48 AM  
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I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.
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