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Editorial: Of Live-Action and CGI

Artemis Fowl could be considered as the book that is desperately waiting to be transformed into film. Ever since its successful debut back in 2001, a film adaptation has become the next inevitable and most obvious step. Many rumors, speculations, and Wikipedia vandalisms later, Eoin Colfer then informs us that the studios are actually choosing between rendering the much-awaited Fowl flick as live-action or pure CGI. Why the Fowl fans would cry foul at the latter.

Take a look around you. Which films were not based on novels? The truth is, a remarkable number of these highly successful and popular film franchises have all been based on best-selling novels whether they be favorable (The Lord of the Rings) or unfavorable (Eragon). Book-to-film adaptations have obviously been around for a very long time (think James Bond, The Lost World, and even The Godfather), but this Harry Potter–alright, Artemis Fowl–generation demands something more specific, if not obvious: live-action films based on their most treasured books.

The formula is quite simple, really: buy the film rights to create a movie based on a best-selling novel, hire a group of unknown (and good-looking) actors, add some special effects with a great musical score, launch a genius mass-marketing campaign, and there you have it: something to please the fans with. To emphasize that “something”, we’re talking about a live-action movie (with CGI of course). Though the fans’ pessimism and nitpicking ad nauseam may arise, the fact is, having the movie in live-action would pretty much be the best thing ever to happen to the book series. Pretty much, at least.

Reel Life in “Live-Action”

Let’s face it: it is almost every other fan’s dream to bring their beloved novels to life, and what’s a better way to do that than to create a live-action film? With a book dubbed as Die Hard with Fairies (translate: Artemis Fowl), it is quite obvious that the best way to bring life to this action-packed novel is to have real actors and real places on the silverscreen. If the Die Hard movies were rendered in CGI, I don’t think that John McClane (Bruce Willis) would look as real and heroic as he does in his films today.

Fans want real actors to adore, to see, to talk about, and look up to. The actors among us want to be in that upcoming movie. Upon reading any type of novel, a person retains images of the many characters and creatures in his or her mind, and most of the time, they aren’t in CGI, mind you.

The beauty of Artemis Fowl is partly due to its sense of realism. Set in real-world Ireland, it’s a breath of fresh air from all those who follow JRR Tolkien’s footsteps in creating their own fantasy world complete with strange languages and cultures (I mean, after Tolkien, that technique is practically overused). Being set in real-life locations, AF gives the readers a sense of familiarity, a glimmer of hope, and those many wishful what-ifs: what if fairies DO exist?, what if what i’m reading is true? These are all far-fetched and unreal, of course, but the idea of a transitional medium to break the boundary that separates reality and fantasy is left in the form of a live-action film. The Artemis Fowl books are pure action and is a Colferized version of the real world. Why take it away from the fans in the form of something as cartoon-y as pure CGI? Something as real as AF deserves to show the (pardon the pun) reel what real is.

Not As Fo(w)l

Another issue brings the fans further to their pessimistic worst: Disney’s CGI style. Looking at the makers of The Incredibles, Chicken Little, and the recent Ratatouille has made the fans equate this animation style with “childishness”. Seeing the current graphic novel character designs isn’t much of a boost, either: many fans have expressed much worry and anxiety. Disney’s animations are wonderful, but alas, fans aren’t really willing to see their favorite criminal mastermind as an animated cartoon. Even if it is true that not all animation is “childish” animation (see 300, or Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), it is highly unlikely that this is the “look” that the studios are aiming for, knowing that Artemis Fowl is a children’s book, after all.

What about emotional involvement? How could CGI successfully capture the audiences’ imagination? Very few CGI characters have done this, and only one has accurately portrayed conflicting human emotions as realistically. The Lord of the RingsGollum/Smรฉagol has successfully suspended the audiences’ disbelief with the help of robotics and motion-capture technology. Would this CGI Fowl be as Fowl as everyone has hoped?

Hoping for the Best

Either way, all the fans are still hoping for the best, albeit preparing for the worst. Whether it be live-action or CGI, one concern, one collective request dominates all: please don’t mess it up for us.

Please.

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15 responses to “The Haven Herald.” Join in!

  1. hEllO ouT tHerE! August 11th, 2007 at 8:56 am 1

    WICKED!!! LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!

    p.s I am now using a chain for my Bobby

  2. I think I am certainly not the first and definitely not the last to say…The Haven Herald ROCKS! The comparison between Artemis/Minerva and Artemis/Holly ‘ships’ was really interesting. I’m not exactly sure which one I agree with more, but I think I prefer A/H. They would be a sweet couple in being so odd…even mismatched. Really good work to everyone who helped with the newsletter. Excellent job!

  3. I think Artemis should end up with Holly because since he and Minerva are genii, and this is just in my opinion, they would just compete with each other and try to see who is the superior to who. But aside from this, The Haven Herald rocks!!! And I think the name is awesome! I hope more of these with be posted in the future. Once again, awesome job to whoever came up with the idea and to everyone who helped.

  4. Insightful Newsletter, got some very good points in there, enjoyed the shipping article very much so. Do more things like that. The members of the month, and the fanart and fan fiction of the month and things like that were also great ideas.

    Downsides: What was with the “Articles?” Preaching to your users about web safety and forum conduct is a bit of a, well, naff idea. I mean, littering it with AF themes and calling it “Mulch’s guide to a forum” doesn’t really do it for me. Focus on what the site is about, not stuffing it full of meaningless crap that, to be honest, we don’t want to hear. The reason we visit these sites is to have fun and to save fro sifting through mountains of information to find a line that tells us what we need, not to read stuff that gets forced down our throats at every occasion!

    Keep up the good work… and make it better next time!

  5. I think this rocks!!! =D Great job. What does the example 2 of netspeak say? I don’t speak netspeak… It’s confusing… Well, this rocks!! And like c said, don’t just add names to the articles if there is no real mention of them. The Foaly one was a good idea because it sounded like something Foaly would say. But Mulch’s posting forum? I didn’t think that went as smoothly. If it sounded like Mulch was actually explaining it, I would give a thumbs up. but it was helpful for the form changed. (like me) Well good job and I hope to see another one in a month!!
    bones out>>>>>

  6. Fowlgirl – We will be publishing this once a month, every second Saturday. ๐Ÿ™‚

    C – I’m sorry you felt that way, but those 2 articles were actually extremely important to us. The newsletter is supposed to foster a good community here. (That’s why we have all the awards. ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Those two articles may appear obvious, and pointless, to an experienced internet user, but they aren’t obvious to everyone. We have actually had a few cases here where people would have benefitted from this advice, e.g. They wouldn’t report problems because they didn’t want to bother us, or they worried that someone was stalking them.

    Don’t worry – The advice has been written now. We won’t be repeating them in future letters, but we will definitely be referencing them on the forum. They will be very useful. ๐Ÿ™‚

    flamingbones – lol – Fair enough. The Mulch part was just an attempt to give it a little bit of an AF theme. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad everyone liked the shipping article though! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. MaeveCrowArtemis August 13th, 2007 at 7:55 pm 7

    First of all I need to say that I’m very glad you all liked it.Your opinion is very important to us so thanks.
    I must agree with MichaelM about our two articles.They are very important for new ppl and new members.And theรฝ are realy describing our community.
    This is our first issue and we’ll try to make it better next time.

  8. hEllO ouT tHerE! August 23rd, 2007 at 12:56 am 8

    hi again, i know that this has nothing to do with the haven herald but whos read ‘the supernaturalist’ because on this site http://www.thesupernaturalist.co.uk they have it wrong. it says that the parasites (un-spec4) suck the life force of people but they don’t. So i just thought that someone might be interested. ta ta

  9. I love it. Why Foaly may have a point is clever and funny.
    Long live the Haven Herald.

  10. what do you mean,hELLO ouT tHerE? I thought they did. Please explain…
    bones out>>>>>

  11. hEllO ouT tHerE! August 27th, 2007 at 3:46 am 11

    flaming bones the parasites never took life force they took pain. Lyk Ditto he lays his hands on them and takes their pain. An example of it is when Cosmo falls off the roof the parasite sucks up his pain, later on he says that as soon as it touched him his headache disappeared.

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  13. omg i cant wait for the next fowl book number six:-]

  14. ArTeMiS FoWl April 2nd, 2008 at 12:03 am 14

    lol matt

  15. artemislover18 July 17th, 2008 at 9:58 pm 15

    loved time paradox. read it in less than 3 hours. =]]especially artemis/holly. in my mind, it was perfect, even though i agree, min has a chance. ever since the beginning though, i have said they need to get together, cept my friends thought that would be weird. well here you go! i love it!the only thing about min is…. she’s a bit childish. she’s like a step down from artemis. she’s plenty smart, but i don’t think that she and artemis really have a bond together like holly and artemis do. and she doesn’t seem to really belong in the series, you know?

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