Behind the Scenes: Creating the Illusion

November 26, 2008 by  
Filed under Food for Thought

Each year I give myself a holiday gift around mid-winter.  This year, I bought myself the entire extended edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on DVD.  

If you are a fan of the Tolkien books – or not; if you are a fan of the movies made from these books – or not; if you just want to understand how far movie-making technology has advanced – or not; or if you just want to understand more about the illusion we live in – then I highly recommend this set of DVD’s.

Peter Jackson and his associates have created a film in which Middle Earth and the beings who inhabit it seem as real as any place or people you and I know.  On 6 DVD’s you can visit that world.  On 6 other DVD’s you are told and shown just how that world was created.

The blend of technologies and art are so completely interwoven that while watching the films, you cannot tell a living person from a computer generated person.  Same for horses, buildings, background views, and even entire scenes.  Amazingly, one of the central characters of the story named (Gollum/Smeagle) is a blend of actor and computer generation with some very sophisticated techniques combined.  You cannot tell stunt doubles from actors.  Due to variations in the size of the many characters, some  are actually played by 3 different people.  Camera angles and other tricks (and there are MANY) used to create this illusion are explained and demonstrated.  All of this and more are seamlessly integrated so that the viewer has NO IDEA what went on “behind the scenes” to create the illusion while watching the films.

I wonder . . . are the same or similar techniques being used to create what we are told is “news”? 

How would we ever know?

By now, if you have been reading my blogs for awhile, you know I have a questioning mind.  That old message from the 1960’s, “Question Authority” has become for me, “Question Reality” – or at least the version of it that is being fed to us by so-called authorities, including TV and the media and the politicians and the religious leaders and educators and anyone else who claims that you should just lap up whatever crummy drug they serve your brain and go to sleep.

What if everything we see around us is just a movie?  What if it is created in the same way that films are made?  How would we know?

“Impossible,” you might respond. 

Really?  Just consider the possibility.  You don’t have to believe in it.  Just consider it.

Look at all the lies we have been told since 9/11.  If you are not familiar with this, search the internet and give yourself a peek at some of the UTUBE videos that challenge the official view of this event.  Allow yourself to experience some “cognitive dissonance” – big words that mean that we humans tend to feel uncomfortable when we hear or read or watch anything that challenges our view of reality.

So you are not Columbus?  Remember Columbus.  He challengee the idea that the world was flat.  That was the world view of his time.  There still is a Flat Earth Society which firmly believes in that world view.  They even had a website.

Maybe you are like Columbus.  Maybe you are ready to challenge your own existing views of reality.  Can’t hurt to think for yourself.  Really.  Give it try.

Nedda