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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 Nov 2021 6:04 p.m. PST

For us, it's wrong tank syndrome. But for others…

The Guardian: link

Grelber16 Nov 2021 10:29 p.m. PST

I have thought about this a little bit. I bought palm trees for my colonial and pirate games, realizing they might well be the wrong species for the area of the world I'm gaming. Or half of them might be OK, while the other half are from half a world away.
For that matter, I have model railroad pines and blue spruce, but I have no idea where these normally grow.
I did try to get some Lombardy poplars for my Greek scenarios
I don't know whether or not it would console the guy who wrote the article, but geologists are probably fairly upset about the way we place rocky scenery on the table.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2021 7:04 a.m. PST

On a related note, do you remember the 'controversy' at some golf tournament last year in which the producers piped in bird sounds? Apparently they piped in the call of a bird that did not live in the state that the tournament was in. Some bird expert called them out and the PGA admitted that they added the bird sounds to the program.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2021 7:15 a.m. PST

The film A Walk In The Woods was an hilarious example of someone who has never taken a walk in the woods.

The rucksacks were clearly just filled with lightweight packing.

The poles seemed to be permanently on the back of the rucksacks – they ain't ice picks you know, you're meant to use them (or at least not carry them hundreds of miles for no purpose).

And the walking boots – pristine after hundreds of miles, not a mark on the soles….

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2021 11:58 a.m. PST

Yeah, well, when a park in the Sierra Nevada is used as a stand-in for everything from the foothills of the Appalachia to the glades of Sherwood Forest to a SF "theme park" on a distant planet, you're gonna get every frickin' detail on the planet wrong.

There's always something,
Astronomers see that the constellations are wrong.
Meteorologists notice that the season and prevailing winds are wrong.
Cartographers, geographers, and travel mavens realize the times spent going from place to place are wrong, or the time zone is wrong.
The movie is set on the eastern Atlantic seaboard (or the east coast of Asia), but a gorgeous sunset appears over the ocean.
And over multiple takes of an outdoor scene, the sun (and the shadows) are going to change position, so that in edits the "earlier" moment may well be visually "later," if you're looking hard enough.
And then there's stupid stuff like cops entering a crowded bus with guns drawn and pointed at (mostly) innocent passengers.
Or cops or soldiers getting on directly opposite sides of the villain (or hero) with guns drawn and pointed.
There's always something "wrong" in every movie— even the ones that are just made up (in the original Star Wars you can see the company name on the syringe of the interrogation ‘droid). And if you know about camera equipment, you realize that Luke's lightsaber is a grip for a professional camera flashbulb system.

The best a movie maker can hope for is getting enough involved to "feel" right to most audiences. It's impossible to do anything else.

Old Wolfman23 Nov 2021 9:02 a.m. PST

Dirt's dirt,according to some. ;^)

Old Wolfman23 Nov 2021 9:08 a.m. PST

Example;Las Vegas,NM was used to stand in for Colorado in the original "Red Dawn"

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