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Derivatives of the Lost Ark - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
July 13th, 2004
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Derivatives of the Lost Ark
Some kids made a remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Spielberg wrote them letters thanking them for a loving tribute.

Ok, so that's all well and good. Rather incredible.


Predictably, there are some folk who aren't impressed.

Also note the yammerers on that last site who are holding this up as a creative and original work (and presumably, therefore, in the clear).

So my question to the masses is: Where does "creativity" and/or "originality" begin? Seems to me the kids showed originality in casting (Ok, Jayson, you be the guy with the hat) and in figuring out how to independantly achieve the special effects (on a much tighter budget). But I still have a really hard time using the words "creative" or "original" to describe their achievement. Seems like the whole point is how true to Spielberg's movie they could get, and anything that catches your eye as "original" is missing their goal.

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From:ginsu
Date:July 13th, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC)
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the whole point is how true to Spielberg's movie they could get

Yeah. That and the underlying homage implied. It reminds me of how many electric guitarists blow thousands of dollars and decades of their lives trying to recreate somebody else's amazing tone; it might be impressive, but it's not particularly original or creative.

On the other hand, it's more creative than listening to a lot of music other people wrote and recorded and considering yourself Culturally Informed, With Good Taste In Music as a result, which is something I run into frequently. Frankly, a kid with a tin whistle and an original spin on "Oh Susanna" impresses me more than those folks.
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From:timspleen
Date:July 14th, 2004 11:21 am (UTC)

creative?

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I think it's both creative and original. To try what they did at that age is impressive.

Didn't they just do a shot-for-shot remake of Psycho with Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche. And everyone thought it stunk. But this is a recreation from totally outside sources with no budget or backing.

I'm far more impressed with what these folks did - kudos to them.
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From:tsmaster
Date:July 14th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)

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Impressive, certainly. Far more impressive for three 12 year olds to take on a task of this size than for an established filmmaker to do it.

It strikes me as a useful film-school exercise. Learn from a work that you admire. Master the techniques necessary to manufacture a duplicate. That seems like a stretch of the notion of "creativity", but since the artisans are making something, I won't argue it too much. But I still can't swallow the word "original".

It's an awful lot like a buddy of mine who made a Tetris game. No, not Alexei Pajitnov, some other guy. Alexei Pajitnov made a game called Tetris years and years ago, and then people have proceeded to rip off his game design and publish their own games, sometimes ripping off the "Tetris" name as well. My buddy made a perfectly good Tetris clone, and the look of the pieces were interesting, the music was compelling, and the execution was perfectly acceptable. But I still bridle when somebody calls it "original".
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