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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - Problems in Space
1. When Dr. Aki Ross (the female scientist) and Capt. Gray Edwards (the army guy) are in the spaceship near the end of the movie, they float around the ship in micro (near-zero) gravity. However, Aki's long hair stays down neatly, while it should be flying all over the place.
2. When the Zeus weapon explodes in outer space, there is an audible bang. I realize this happens in all space movies, but it is an error. Sound waves can only propagate through matter; the near-vacuum of space should create complete silence.
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Matrix_Forensics_Laboratories writes:
Well, I have to correct you on this issue. The creators of Final Fantasy created a fantastically detailed movie, without 1 relevant slip-up found yet. So in charity of the creator's efforts, I will explain. 1. Aki's hair DOES float! Look again! Some strands are floating! And if you ever witnessed actual NASA video, when astronauts float in ZERO gravity, their hair IS NOT erratic, and most of it stays together. Hair flying "all over the place" happens underwater. The reason for this is because for hair strands to move "all over the place" in space, they need to pushed in all those directions. Objects in space move wherever they are pushed, and do not float anywhere for the sake of it (cos there is no current). But in 0-G, they are not pushed in all directions, therefore, they tend to stay together. Look at female astronauts in NASA clips. Still, Aki's hair was NOT completely together, and there was a close-up shot of some spreading apart. This was well done! Especially since the animators rendered 60,000 individual hair strands moving in slightly different directions, at all times! 2. The issue of noise in space happens in every space film. It's unavoidable for reasons of entertainment. In the explosion sequence, that part of the movie was supposed to be the crunch line of the film, one of the highest climatic points. Who in the world wants to see a space ship blow up in complete silence? Boring! That scene was fairly intense, so the creators obviously did not want to ruin the moment by removing sounds. I realize your point, and see this in many films myself. Every space ship film has some kind of rocket noise as the ship goes past camera. But silent sequences are too boring for the audience, especially for the ending or climax of a film.
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Thomas Anderson writes:
In viewing the Final Fantasy DVD, you have the opportunity of viewing the original opening that never made it into the film. Here you see that Aki is strangely different than her theatrical version, including longer hair that realistically flows about her as she floats around her ship. The effect is quite remarkable, even for CG. Ultimately, it was decided that her hair would be cut a bit shorter. As to why it doesn't move as much in the final version, that's anyone's guess, considering the complexity of several of the large sequences and compared to the film as a whole. Other scenes had her hair laying out under her as she lay on her back, or running. The DVD commentary mentions that in places, like her on her back, the hair had to be thinned out because it wouldn't fall in bulk like they wanted, and other times, like in zero-g, it actually had to be given more volume to keep from seeing her head through it all. Also, as I understand it, most of her hair was animated almost strand-by-strand through a team of animators. Frankly, I'm amazed and impressed that they even got it as realistic as it turned out.
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Locke0 writes:
This comment goes to Zildjian Crash O' Doom. True there is no oxygen in space, and fire needs oxygen, as do explosions. So you claim there should be no explosion? Wrong, because the station is full of oxygen. Also, if the space vehicles are similar to ours as far as air supply, then they don't use the same mixture of oxygen that we breathe on Earth. Thats why NASA has to be so careful about sparks in the space shuttles. The air in the shuttle can be ignited with even the slightest spark of static. So what you end up is a huge space station filled with explosive gas. So sorry to dismiss your comment but there would be an explosion in space, and yes fire would be seen. As soon as the fire consumes all the air leaking out of the space station, it would die out.
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Van-Dippity-Daminator writes:
I know this is a slip-ups website, but you are not supposed to mention about something that is actually extremely realistic. The film didn't get much attention at the box office, altough i claim it to be one of my favourite DVDs. About number one, hair does not float in space, and they have made an extremely good way of generating the hair from Dr. aki Ross. About number two, the mixture of oxygen that they can breath in space is highly flammable, therefore even a minor flame could knock half the ship out of the sky after a plausible amount of time. (I say this on behalf of Bootle high school.)
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JamesE writes:
I've wondered about space bourne explosions in movies before... I agree that fire will not exist in the vacuum (sp?) of space, but wouldn't the space station contain enough oxygen inside it to sustain a breif explosion?
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Poisened Dwarf writes:
I read in a mag they used a CG engine to create the realistic effect of her hair.. probably just a problem in the program.. big deal
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Zildjian Crash O' Doom writes:
I just have one little note on #2. It happens in every science fiction movie out there and it never could happen. The noise, obviously, but also the explosion itself. The explosions require oxygen to ignite. Try putting a glass over a candle. The candle goes out because there's no oxygen. Therefore, an explosion can't happen in space at all because there's no oxygen in space. However, no one really cares about that because let's face it, we all like to see stuff blow up once in awhile.
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Aquila writes:
Who cares? I could get technical and go on about the explosions occurring in space due to the oxygen escaping into the space void from the sealed containers within the spacecraft, Thus providing sufficient fuel to create the satisfying burn-up that we always see in movies...but I won't, it's not worth bothering about. What really jerked me off most about the movie was the clearly visible colour-banding (it's almost as bad as what you would expect from a cheap DVD player!), awful lip-sync and unnatural animation. Plus the fact that artificial characters are such bad actors! Those factors are more of a slip up to me instead of whinging about an audible explosion in space!
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