Insultingly stupid movie physics

Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Lighthawk » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:26 pm

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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Captain Picard's Hair » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:43 am

One of the less obvious examples comes from Independence Day; the mother ship wouldn't need to expend any effort to eradicate the human infestation from Earth since the output from her engines which would have been needed to slow such a massive ship would have by itself devastated the Earth's surface!

Some things, particularly the well-known issue of sound in space, is just a necessary 'error' for the sake of movie drama; try to imagine Star Wars without the space "sounds" and it simply doesn't work.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby kostmayer » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:39 am

Sound in space is just one of those things you accept in a movie, like humanoid aliens who speak English. Though BSG did a pretty good job of showing battles in space without sound.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Mikey » Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:49 pm

nBSG was also one of the only shows/movies to show a more accurate (if not entirely accurate) conception of maneuverability in space.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby stitch626 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:57 pm

One reason I loved Firefly from the beginning was the lack of sound in the first episode. It made the nerd in me smile.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Sionnach Glic » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:12 pm

kostmayer wrote:Sound in space is just one of those things you accept in a movie, like humanoid aliens who speak English. Though BSG did a pretty good job of showing battles in space without sound.


nBSG did have sound in space. It was just muffled as though it was taking place underwater. Which I thought was a nice compromise.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Sonic Glitch » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:19 pm

Sionnach Glic wrote:
kostmayer wrote:Sound in space is just one of those things you accept in a movie, like humanoid aliens who speak English. Though BSG did a pretty good job of showing battles in space without sound.


nBSG did have sound in space. It was just muffled as though it was taking place underwater. Which I thought was a nice compromise.

I suspect test audiences didn't like the lack of sound. And wouldn't you still here things in the cockpit due to: 1. The cockpit being pressurized, and 2. Sound being transmitted by vibrations through the viper/ship frame itself?
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Lazar » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:29 pm

Well, you would only hear sounds coming from within your own ship.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Sonic Glitch » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:32 pm

Lazar wrote:Well, you would only hear sounds coming from within your own ship.

That's what I meant. Guess I didn't make that clear.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Sionnach Glic » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:40 pm

Aye, but you wouldn't hear things like ships exploding, or rocketing past you.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Tsukiyumi » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:58 pm

You'd hear it if something impacted your hull.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby IanKennedy » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:48 pm

It was B5 that first showed silent space battles. Any noises you heard there where part of the music.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Reliant121 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:49 pm

In its early series it did, but the SFX later developed to show weapon sounds. I've spent god knows how long watching them since christmas :lol:
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby kostmayer » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:32 am

IanKennedy wrote:It was B5 that first showed silent space battles. Any noises you heard there where part of the music.


The ships behaved a little more like ships in space would as well, rather then flying round like aircraft.
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Re: Insultingly stupid movie physics

Postby Reliant121 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:38 am

I've always been fond of starfury dogfights because of that.
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