Production Value or Plot?

Hollywood is well known for all the amazing effects and production value, but is that really all that makes the movies? So many of the directors in Hollywood are known for their incredible effects such as Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, and Steven Spielberg. Many Hollywood films are even recognizable solely because of the production choices and visual effects.

It may seem like American cinematography is dominating the competition because of production value, but other film industries around the world also use some of the same effects. A good example of this is the Lord of the Rings series where motion capture was used for some characters as well as other groundbreaking visual effects. Although Lord of the Rings is a fairly popular series there are plenty of other foreign film industries using these same techniques to give their audiences the same ‘wow’ factor.

Since it seems that the use of these film technologies are so successful it could be inferred that this is the most sure-fire way to make a “good” film, but is it really the only way to create an awe-inspiring film? I think to answer this question it is important to look at all the foreign film industries such as Bollywood which focus more heavily on plot than special effects and action. These movies do incredibly well and are well-received by all audiences despite the lack of special effects.

It may seem like a large budget is needed to create some of the Oscar nominated and winning films, but constantly this theory is being proved wrong by many foreign film industries that create successful and beautiful films just by focusing on plot and classic cinematography skills. Exposing yourself to new films from around the world can open your eyes to a whole new world of amazing production regardless of the amount of explosions and lens flares. Sometimes it’s the simple films that really win over your heart anyway.

Neither method of creating films is wrong, and neither is inherently better than the other. I think a mixture of both makes for an amazing film, but it’s all up for personal interpretation. There’s no right or wrong way to create art, after all.


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