A Digital Bellona
Yes, I believe that a form of animation would be an excellent way
to depict the 'ruined city' of Bellona... but instead of a Waking Life
style, a more interesting way to accomplish the task would be to
use digital photographs and film of parts of cities, then
re-composite them into a hybrid city; but with all the textural grit
and complexity that can be acheived photographically.
Reference "The Matrix", where the cityscapes were created then
manipulated through photos/film/computer. Digital photos can
be mapped onto a 3D computer city; then the buildings can burn,
construct, deconstruct, shift, change, etc., but with the 'reality' that
photo/film conveys. Does that sound appealing/
> Not to completely resurrect the whole Dhalgren film discussionhere, but I
> have lately wondered if animation wouldn't be the bestpossible medium for a
> film to even begin to do justice to Dhalgren. I think Linklaterdefinitely
> opened up the possibilities for doing more "serious" work withanimation.
> The flexibility that it provides would certainly make it easier todepict
> some of the more abstract imagery of the novel. And bear inmind Delany has
> already collaborated on a graphic novel himself (Bread andWine), so
> animation seems a natural fit.think of Dhalgren
> Did anyone else see Waking Life, and if so did it make you
> at all?
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> Did anyone else see Waking Life, and if so did it make youthink of Dhalgren
> at all?Yes, I saw Waking Life. No, it didn't make me think of Dhalgren at all.
Waking Life I found boring and pretentious, with thin and obvious
ideas (the sort that clever college sophomores toss around in
late-night bull sessions) being presented as if they were serious and
developed, and with thin abstract caricatures spouting notions in
place of characters. It was one of the most pointless nights I ever
spent in the theatre, and I certainly hope Dhalgren doesn't get
abstracted and dumbed down this way (i.e., reduced to the big
abstract speeches--Kidd on sanity, Newboy on poetry, George on rape,
Mrs Richards on the need for maintaining your family, Bunny on sex,
Lanya on music--and losing the rich patterns of particular incident
and complex characterization that becom the warp and weft of Bellona).