Riding the wave of the changing times and attitudes in Hollywood, Emerson’s VMA department has made a daring, yet touching move, officially announcing that after this week, every Bright Lights Screening will now feature a digitally-inserted Paul Walker.
Classic films are scheduled to still be screened at the quaint and comfortable theater – including The Bridge on the River Kwai, Chinatown, and North by Northwest – but will now feature the chiseled actor’s likeness. Noting the billion dollar box-office success of Furious 7 – the first film to utilize a digital Paul Walker—several professors have come forward to address the motives of this initiative.
“We really feel that this is the direction that the industry is headed – and we want to be a part of that,” noted adjunct professor Ken Frendak. “You can’t get this experience at Full Sail, that’s for sure!”
Several students have commented on the boldness of the department’s actions, questioning the necessity of adding the recently deceased actor’s pixelated image to so many iconic films.
“It’s a little weird to see the guy from the Fast and Furious franchise riding beside Ron Howard in American Graffitti… and yet, maybe if it was Vin Diesel, I’d feel a little differently,” critiqued Thom Davison ’17.
At press time, several members of the VMA faculty were seen reviewing curriculum materials for the new course, “Topic In Media Studies: Understanding the Digital Paul Walker.”