Howdy people of the internet, as some of you may have seen, not too long ago I started a film podcast entitled Film Focus! This week’s episode is a good few days late for a various reasons, but let’s just say I wanted to wait til Friday when I was meant to go to the cinema, but then I had to go to the hospital, so I’m only getting my stuff uploaded today. 😛
Anyway here’s the seventh episode:
As you can see from the title, this week’s top of conversation is on the anticipation of films versus the payoff, and I get into the pros and cons of each and also give my own accounts of experiencing both. This was a subject matter that I’ve wanted to talk about for a while and while it is a little subjective, I hope that it at least gets people thinking and talking about it.
As I said before in each episode I’ll cover a different topic and since I don’t have much in the way of listeners or promotion, I’m here to spread the word about my podcast. 🙂
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June 26, 2016 at 2:23 am
Hi there, I hope you’re doing alright after eights hours of waiting in a hospital!
Interesting topic. I enjoy the pay off, the end result when watching the film. For example, Mad Max Fury Road made me giddy with excitement in the theaters.
I do like anticipating films too. I was very interested in the build up for Guardians of the Galaxy because in my opinion it was a risk for Marvel. I was also curious because I didn’t really know who these characters were and wanted to learn about them, including reading the comics.
I also think the anticipation and marketing hype can affect the pay off. For the first Avengers I enjoyed it a lot. At the same time, I remember the trailers gave away certain things in the final fight that I may have wished I didn’t see beforehand. So for Age of Ultron, which I highly anticipated, I tried not to read too much about it because I wanted the experience of watching it with little knowledge of what might happen. Perhaps it made me anticipate it more by not knowing too much?
The marketing buildup can be very long and there are a lot of savvy fans who’ll accurately predict things. For example, many, many months before Force Awakens was released there was talk about who are Kylo Ren’s parents. That’s when I decided to stop reading about it because I wanted to save some things to be revealed while watching the movie.
I hope I understood your topic, if not please feel free to correct me. 🙂
July 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm
Hey man, sorry for the absurdly late reply, I’ve been all over the place recently and I just came back from Sheffield during a volunteering session.
Anyways, firstly thank you for your amazing comment, I appreciate how detailed it was. I read it as soon as you posted it, but I haven’t had the time to give you a proper reply.
So yeah I liked your exaamples when it comes to the payoff of of Fury Road and Guardians. But what I didn’t bring up that you did was how the anticipation can effect the payoff and that was certainly the case with Avengers & Age of Ultron. I think with AoU the hype was far too high because of not only the quality of th first Avengers but also because we were riding Marvel Studios wave of quality with Winter Soldier and Guardians, now both considered top tier comic book films, so I think fans expected something beyond amazing.
And yeah for sure, the marketing can be a lot of fun, but at the same time because of rumours and speculation, it can ruin a lot of the key suprises in said film. And while I try to avoid story related rumours and key plot details, with trailers, since I go to the cinema a lot, I can’t avoid some of the spoilery details that get thrown into those things so sometimes I feel like I can’t win. 😦
Thanks again dude for the delightful comment, you’re the best yo 😀