7.28.2005

Space Off

It’s interesting how media has the ability to comment on its own means of communication. One can observe how entertainment media varies from news broadcast media, and more disturbingly how similar they behave. In a way, it’s become a social evil in that it draws away from the subject at hand by elevating drama and denying the human element in some cases. French filmmaker Tino Franco’s “Space Off” portrays an exaggerated yet truthful expression of a newscast covering breaking news.

Blast off: you’re about to be exposed to the media of today. Jane, large blonde hair and loud personality, is the broadcaster for a news channel reporting on an infamous landing on Mars where astronauts are hoping to gain new knowledge of the planet. In fact, Dr. Hoffman and his team have already made a monumental discovery without stepping foot on the planet; however, Jane is more interested in the dramatic fluff.

Camera shots are focused on meaningless space shuttle extremities while Jane reiterates continually the importance of her station, the Global Television Network, reporting first on this amazing moment. She attempts to get the crew to dramatize and invest camera time to discussing their previous loss of contact, ignoring Hoffman’s desire to speak of his scientific discovery that would in fact be more interesting and pertinent information.

If Franco proves anything it’s that news can be over zealous and dramatic. The politics of media keep the public from being informed about important issues and the hyper-technology used to elaborate and visualize a situation along with rhetoric of loud, bodacious proportions alters the intention of this service; news reporting becomes the barrier for communication.

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