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Many pre-digital works are better conceived and executed than today's more technologically fluid work. Making visuals with real world materials meant the idea behind the vision was stripped of unnecessary and difficult to do fluff, making the end result clear and strong.
It's akin to how a very simple set of painted flats filmed with two locked down cameras somehow looks more together visually than the million dollar staging of event shows like IDOL. Typically today's sets are a dazzling jumbo-tron multi spot lit combo crowning the show's logo, the camera's swoop and glide where they please, all up in the performers space taking in everything from warped angles. The end result has nothing to do with the artist and everything to do with branding a performance to a franchise.
|But what's going on here?|
Performers become iconic against pure backdrops and crisp art direction, they are lost among noisy clutter and a wealth of camera positions. This applies to an idea, how it can drown in a soup of cleverness, or be over shadowed by the slick trickery of presentation. With less and less limitations on our creativity, we should start setting our own, if only to clarify what it is we are trying to say.