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    • SarahBethArnold

      I have this problem where when I am watching a film /show, I am always calculating how they shot something or did "that effect" instead of actually paying attention to the story. I've been like this since I was a really young kid. I think it has partly to do with my father being in the media industry (music, film, etc) and always pointing things out since I was a wee child.

      Anyone else do this? What were some of your favorite films/ shows where you just COULDN'T nail down how they did it?

      Definitely one of my favorites is seen below: My brother and I would watch it EVERY Friday. Growing up my parents were very strict about how much content we were consuming so the rules were we could only watch "Non-educational" content on the weekends. We kicked off our Fridays with The Matrix.

    • yaypie

      I do this too! I've always been fascinated by filmmaking, so I'm constantly thinking about how they did things as I'm watching a movie or TV show. It doesn't really distract me though — it's sort of like there are two parallel threads in my brain, one that's just enjoying the movie and one that's constantly thinking about how it was made.

      If a movie is really good, then I'll get so absorbed in the plot that I forget to care about how it was made. And sometimes if it's really bad I just stop paying attention to the plot entirely and try to at least get some enjoyment out of analyzing the craft. If it's uninteresting and poorly made, I'll start to fall asleep. Like, even if I'm not tired, I'll just be unable to keep my eyes open. It's weird.

      When I was a kid in the pre-DVD era, I devoured what few behind-the-scenes specials there were on TV, and one of my favorite TV shows was "Movie Magic" on the Discovery channel, which showed how big blockbusters were made. It was all we had before there were DVDs with special features. 😄

    • wx

      Only if it's really mind-blowing. Mostly, I devote my attention to the characters, the plot and how I feel about them.

    • Evergreen

      Definitely the plot! I'm so easy to dupe, I get absorbed by the story and don't even notice the special effects or anything like that:) My friend does special effects design for Universal and he'd always point things out, and it's sure fascinating but for me, it's all about the story.

    • SarahBethArnold

      If it's uninteresting and poorly made, I'll start to fall asleep. Like, even if I'm not tired, I'll just be unable to keep my eyes open. It's weird.

      Oh my god, that's totally me. I think for me it's part of being ADHD, it's really hard for me to sit in one place and not move around. I am the WORST in theaters if a movie is uninteresting and poorly made, I really have to fight the yawns. In school I would just straight up fall asleep and I would get the ruler on the desk... fun times.

      When I was a kid in the pre-DVD era, I devoured what few behind-the-scenes specials there were on TV, and one of my favorite TV shows was "Movie Magic" on the Discovery channel, which showed how big blockbusters were made. It was all we had before there were DVDs with special features.

      I was definitely one of those kids that watched every single behind the scenes a DVD had to offer. DVDs were just coming out when I was around 5, so all of that bonus material, especially of a film I loved was like I was getting more movie with characters I loved..... Such a weird 5 year old lol.

    • SarahBethArnold

      I definitely wish my brain worked this way. I have gotten better over time in ignoring the quality of the movie and focusing on the story. There are some incredible story lines out there that sometimes I just miss because I am paying attention to little details in a shot. I often times have to watch shows or movies OVER AND OVER in order to actually catch certain parts of the story. :facepalm:

    • Toly

      I usually get to immersed in the story to focus much on the effects, especially on the first viewing. But what I've found with subsequent rewatches is that I notice more about how the movie was actually done and that is when I will notice effects more.

      If it's a particularly boring movie I'll actually start paying attention more to what is happening in the background than what the characters are doing and that is also when I start to notice effects more.

    • Lauren

      I think I get absorbed in the story until there's a car scene, then I'm just looking for the obvious green-screen signs. I get so annoyed when a car scene is obviously fake 😂.

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