At what point do we stop needing actors/actresses?

I knew that at some point soon that they were releasing the film version of Cats on the public. No, I had no great plans to go and see it, even if it is a musical, and I admit the stage version might have been fun to see, even if as an amateur actress, I might have found the focus on the make up, over the performance might have got to me in places. But to be fair, I knew that the movie version would not only have far too much use of make up, I knew that all the CGI that would be used would only annoy me even more. Dont get me wrong, we did use stage stand make up in performances, though not to the extent they do in major productions, and I never did anything as dramatic as Cats, so maybe I would have gone along with it, but anyway…

There is also the point, that due to my age, I grew up with performers like Elaine Paige, and Paul Nicholas in the main parts, so, regardless of how talented they are (and 1 (Taylor Swift?) seems to have impressed, I must say), modern stars probably arent going to work in the roles for me, just on my age thing.

As mentioned, I only have the few reports filed by those who have seen the previews to go by, and I know how ‘reliable’ critics can be, from personal experience! Though mine were more local sources than the one’s for this movie, lol.

But fine, I know CGI, and the like is the norm now, but this does sound like a case of so much emphasis on spectacular effects, and less on performance, though I’d love to hear otherwise, I guess? But sadly, it just leaves me wondering just how much nowadays depends on the performers in movies like this, and how much is simply down to what the special effect people can do? And indeed, how much longer will movies like this actually need real performers?

OK, old actress grumble over, lets get to the video. Simple version, Elaine Paige, no stage make up, just performing what is probably the most famous song from Cats

 

 

Its only CGI make believe

Is there anything that isnt fake nowadays? And no, Donnie, I dont mean most of the news, either, before you get any thoughts that I might have a gram of support for you, because I dont.

I know these ‘promoted’ items on Twitter probably help to keep it free for those like myself, and to be fair, some of them are worthy, some of them I can even stand, but then you get the ones that are good for nothing but a good laugh. Some company called Vice UK yesterday posted a promotion involving someone called Natasha Demetrio walking through a forest, as they claimed.

Thing is, she wasnt! For an actress like myself (even though I’ve never worked in front of a green screen), it was easy to tell she wasnt actually walking through a forest. For starters, however clear a path you find in a forest, its unlikely to be perfectly flat. So there would be movement on the camera as it moved, and there was none.

Then, in terms of realism, it went downhill fast. Firstly, at about 11 seconds, the forest jumped back to where it was at the start of the film. Then at 18 seconds, the word ‘Rewind’ appeared in the top right corner of the screen, which wouldnt happen in a real forest, lets face it. But then briefly, at about 28 seconds in (fine, I was looking for errors by then), it happened. The forest vanished from sight, and all you could see was Ms Demetrio walking on a roller, in front of a blank green screen. Quickly after, it returned to the forest, so if you’d blinked, you might have missed it.

As someone else pointed out, the pixels were wrong too, but I’m not enough of a green screen expert (stage/studios only, darlings) to really spot that. The thing is, any sane person promoting this, would at this point put their hands up, and admit what they’d done, but oh no, they tried to say that it was real, and they couldnt see anything. Anyway at this point, because I’d point out what, and where to look for these things, others saw the same things, and commented in support of me. At this point, they strangely went very quiet!

I’ll be quite honest, I dont mind people using a Green Screen/CGI forest for an advert in the slightest. Its easy in terms of space, movement of equipment, and tons of other things, but when they claim its a real forest, when it clearly isnt, why do so? And why do you ever release an advert without checking for continuity? Without the ‘green screen’ moment, many might have believed it could be real, but that blows it wide open!

In the old days, it wouldnt have been difficult to switch from theatre, to film, or vice versa, because both methods had so much in common. Nowadays, in films, its not about acting to other people, or working with a location, its the ability to act in front of a green screen. Whereas theatre acting is still the real thing! I suppose its the way of the world, but I suspect I could still easily do real acting, as I’ve proved at various festival work, playing a part. But acting in front of a green screen, and nothing else, no idea! And those people, interacting with other people on stage, well…?

OK, video time. The song is the obvious one, numerous version to choose from, so I’ve chosen a Glen Campbell version