Byron Pitt lives and breathes cinema, displaying a rare and sometimes explosive passion for the silver screen - often with unpredictable results. GeekPlanetOnline is proud to present a movies column from the self-confessed “film drunk”; a man who once yelled at an entire cinema for laughing at Johnny English…
One thing I do enjoy is a nice bit of film news. Believe me when I say I was more than a little bit excited to hear that Paul Thomas Anderson is soon to start the reels rolling for his next project. I love that fact that there will be a third Batman film under Chris Nolan’s direction and I constantly piss off friends on my Facebook feed with articles about (enter film name here) being released/cast etc. This isn’t just what I do, but what geeks do. We pour over these rumours of remakes; keep a close eye on shooting locations and which director is mulling over what screenplay. Many don’t get it and we don’t expect them to. It’s part of us and what we do in this bizarre little hobbit trek to Mordor we call life. With this said however, there is one thing I’ve never really understood and will probably never truly understand; the phenomenon that is the exclusive extended clippage.
Coming to more prominence due to the large amount of blogs, movie websites, panels at something-cons and the like; exclusive extended clippage (or EEC as it will be called) is exactly what it says it is, in which we get to see the first five minutes/a selected 15 minutes/half the damn movie in order to whet the appetites of all us salivating fans... apart from me it seems.
My main problem with EEC is the simple fact that I think that we see too much. I doubt there are many who agree with me with something like this, but there’s something off-putting about having whole scenes and opening segments slammed on movie news sites, especially as we live in days of three act trailers which inform us of everything we need to know story-wise, as well as the many various screenshots we get day in, day out. There’s nothing wrong with those who dig on such promotions, however I’m a guy that enjoys watching a film as a whole and not in these odd, fragmented dribs and drabs. I only really watch most trailers online once and can’t stand getting to a screen late and missing the first few moments of a feature. I just like the complete picture I guess.
Complete, for me, is the most important word in all of this because nowadays with all the footage, photos and frak knows what else, I get the feeling you could see half the film in “anticipation” of the full product. Also with all this talk about piracy and people watching movies for free, don’t you find it funny that studios are willing to give away so much of some of their tentpoles, considering their concerns?
Like I mentioned before I still have that childish glee at a new trailer and a sweet poster but often it only takes that and a few reviews to get me amped up. I understand that the filmmakers and marketing guys have to get those butts on seats and it’s getting more and more difficult, but I still love the fact that the more I avoided EEC of some recent features, the more I got out of them. In a world where having a good strong twitter feed can have whole series spoiled for you in seconds, it’s nice to leave some things in the dark and allow the glow of the silver screen to reveal all.