Bolt was almost as bad as Cloverfield.
I only saw Bolt
yesterday but I enjoyed it.
But I have one question. Early on in the movie a big point is made of being able to see a boom-mic in a take of the TV show that Bolt unknowingly stars in. As I recall, the reasoning was that if the audience can see it then Bolt can (potentially) see it also, and detecting anything 'artificial' about the TV world he inhabits could destroy his belief in the reality of that world and subsequently, himself, and the loss of that belief would mean a loss of sincerity and 'realism' in his 'acting', etc.
But if the momentary presence of a boom-mic in the frame (i.e. in front of the camera) could be 'seen' by Bolt as he's being filmed (i.e. also in fron of the camera) then why can't he also 'see' the mic when it's in it's usual position (still in front of the camera, just a few inches above it)? Why isn't he liable to see the camera itself or any of the attendant crew at any
point during the shot?
From memory, the action being filmed is a reasnably long-distance shot. Why are they using a boom-mic at all? Surely a directional mic would much better sound-wise, not to mention easier to control and conceal?
[Edit]Actually it is a fairly close shot. Seemingly only a few feet away, on an open road, at eye-level with the dog. So, nowhere for the camera, mic, boom, or anything else to hide.
[/Edit] Isn't the point of a boom to get the microphone as close to the sound as possible without being see by the camera? How could one ever
be appropriate if the main point is to keep the subject unaware of it's presence?
I know it's a stupidly trivial point to worry about and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the movie while I was watching it but couldn't the writers have found a 'better' way to highlight the need for absolute believability from the point-of-view of the dog?
Oh well, what're you going to do?Of course, I have no problem whatsoever with a knocked-over [Edit]helium[/Edit] gas bottle immediately shooting off down the hallway and out into the carpark (slowly gaining elevation as it goes) and impacting with a [Edit]neon sign, causing it to topple over onto a[/Edit] (parked) flammable liquid transporter which promptly explodes. Go figure.