I would just like to say that I think it is absolutely wrong to heap empty high praise on movies that don't deserve it. Same goes for the 5 starring that so many people do, whether a film merits it or not. I actually would like to make a formal request to MS to just do away with the star system altogether. Too many people abuse it and it helps no one grow as an artist. I know of one recent movie that was just a variation of the "guy with gun shoots everyone" where a forum member actually said it was well made and had an interesting story. Really??? What story? The guy literally pulled out a gun and shot everyone. The end. When I did my version of that theme, I tried to make it a little more creative than just that and it turned out ok. The same forum member gave me the same kind of praise. Not saying my movie was some great cinematic achievement, but really?? This forum member is clearly not interested in really helping people, but sparing their feelings instead and that is so detrimental. It's the same mentality that will give a child a gold star for a poorly written paper while his peer gets the same star for an excellently written one. That's called coddling and it helps no one.
Now I am not in any way trashing that person's movie because I was right where she is and she is clearly just starting out with MS. But how does telling that person anything but the truth (in a kind way) help her grow creatively? Isn't it better to offer help and constructive criticism rather than the standard "well made, interesting story" BS? A true artist will accept the help and try to grow. Someone who is not serious and just fooling around with MS will eventually drop off, like so many have.
Sparing an artist the unvarnished truth and handing them empty praise instead just to spare their feelings is so very wrong. As artists, we all need to grow and we can't do that if our peers just tell us what we want to hear. I know the truth can hurt sometimes, but I think most people on this board that offer true and honest criticism do so in a kind and thoughtful manner. That some can't take that honest criticism to heart and choose (yes, choose) to feel attacked is a whole 'nother story. But I think most forum members usually accept helpful suggestions when they are offered.
Well, that's enough blathering from me. Discuss.
vphillyMember Since 14 Mar 2009
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