An odd title but it is a modern tragedy perhaps having its routes in the ancient theatre of the Greeks. Actors wore masks. The symbol of the profession is also a pair of masks, Janus who had two faces. Sadly a number of our actors and actresses can not boast that multiFACED repertoire. The botox has SERIOUSLY affected their ability to beguile and enthral and excite, expression really is key in acting you see? Cars exploding is all very nice and everything but a moving soliloquy needs expression we can always appreciate the hammy loud and exaggerated delivery of the black and white shakespeare films but would that work in a gritty episode of Eastenders?
ACKTOORRRRRS are wonderful and some cannot ever be beaten, but we also need realism and truth and to believe, to act is to deceive, can a frozen face really deceive? Can a person without any facial indication of thought or movement really be as effective in pulling our heart strings as a moving real actual animated face?
Saying animated there, gaming graphics are really getting very good, the chaps at least, some are showing quite good expression, it isn’t quite right, nuances you see, tiny real life movements, done without thought during thought, the knitted brow, the narrowing of the upper lip, these things. These things are what makes us as people individual, part of our personal display, sending messages to our peers and to strangers, some of these messages have been with us as humans for centuries. We communicate not just through our words but on many levels, incorrect body language has often been touted as causing problems among groups, what will befall us as incorrect facial language takes hold?
When the public sphere become so faceless that it is normalised to have these deadpan faces will we begin to fail to understand this type of communication. A baby that sees only perfected frozen faces, will it struggle to understand what are lies and what is truth? I don’t think we realise how much this means.
Are women with airbrushed beautiful faces seen only as beautiful, can they still be geniuses, do we just get lost in the wrinkle free expanses of their faces and never even dream of listening to their words, can we make eye contact with these statue faced ice maidens? Real eye contact?
Can we truly recognise a smile on the frozen wastes of Simon Cowell?
I work as a model, I at 14 have a character look, this means I am quirky or ugly if you like, but a model is a picture, a snapshot a second and for that captured second they (even I the quirky chap with the character face) are truly beautiful, they could be heavily made up, or not, lighting and filters and some times post production, this is the art of the industry. We should not freeze ourselves in a moment to pursue what we all are in our flashes of brilliance, when we all look our best.
We need to keep some movement in the faces of our actors or all our cinematography will lack depth the depth of a well worn laughter line.