This last one and a half months or so I’ve been writing essays for Omni magazine on scifi movies, especially those with a space operatic theme, storytelling, mythopoesis, and pop culture, which I’ll be double posting here, along with any additional thoughts I have.
I’ve always been interested in scifi movies for their mythopoetic power, despite the lack of realism and story consistency, and indeed often inferiority next to most print science fiction (or “SF”). The reason I like movies is because cinema brings so much more to the table: special effects, music, actors. and so on.
Also, even though I write in text, I always think in pictures. It’s as if I have a cinema playing my own scifi movie in my head. Hence I always look for inspiration to movies, the visuals, the music, and so on.
I envisage there’ll eventually come a time when any creative person will be able to make a complete movie on their desktop quantum computer (and you’d need a quantum computer because of the rendering and computing needed for movie standard special effects!). In the meantime, we have to make do with either print stories or TV/movies (with some hybrid media like graphic novels, and new emerging independent movie and CGI film-making)
I’m going to be writing less essays anyway, not because I don’t enjoy writing essays (I do), but because I really need to focus on getting my first novel finished in six months.
Oh, and I still can’t figure put how to do realistic hair in Blender.