What do you think?Zack Snyder’s epic blockbuster film 300 tells the story of the war between the Spartans and the Persians. And it owes most of its success to the extended use of special effects. How important, truly, are special effects in today’s film business?
In 300, King Xerxes and his mighty army of 1 million Persians, back in 480 B.C. threatened to conquer Greece but met resistance in the form of King Leonida’s Spartan army at the pass at Thermopylae. The reason why this historically inaccurate film was successful is the synthetic settings, props and characters in it. Every single frame was computer-manipulated to add a no-nonsense cartoonish texture to the scenes. The difference between this film and the rest of the computer animated films whose most likely target audience is young children is that it is meant to be watched by more mature audiences and it does in fact include the use of cameras and actors and body doubles, not to mention the numerous stunts. The sound effects were equally strong. The budget was definitely overblown. However it did manage to beat Alexander and Troy at the box office game in their opening weeks. Film buffs seem to like technology’s impact on film-making.
300 did not try to educate people about Greek history. The director had technology at his disposal and used it in his advantage to realize his creativity and it is definitely clear special effects are no threat to the ongoing existence of film industry.