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Technicians vs. Performers...

...vs these guys.

To put it simply: Technicians are The Spock, Performers are The Kirk, while Humble Storytellers are The McCoy.

Technicians are often cold and distant, focusing on the technical side of things and (not always, but very often) have some sort of deeper meaning or message in their work.

Performers wear their emotions on their sleeve, are focusing on creating a big spectacle and getting a visceral reaction from the audience, and their work is focused more on action setpieces than moral messages.

Humble Storytellers are the "middle ground" between the two extremes: they don't focus too much on the technical side of things, but they also don't particularly care for the "spectacle" side of things. To them, both the technical side and the spectacle are simply means for telling their story their want to them. They don't do it for "the art" nor for "the message", they do it because they feel like doing it.

Examples of Humble Storyteller include:
  • Linkara, Lindsay Ellis and The Mysterious Mr. Enter are Technicians, with their reviews being often cerebral and analyzing the deeper issues behind a work. Doug Walker is a Performer, doing as much as he can to get a laugh out of his audience. Honest Trailers and Cinema Sins are the Humble Storytellers: focusing on highlighting what's good and bad about a specific movie or TV show, and not caring about either the message of the work or if their videos get a laugh.
  • The TV show The Boys, the Watchmen movie (as well as the TV series), the Kick Ass movie, Super, Defendor, Brightburn, Hancock, the Green Hornet movie and the Lone Ranger movie are Technicians: they use superheroes to either make a comment on the failing of society and the corruption of those in power, or to deconstruct the very idea of a superhero. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, the Arrowverse and the X-Men Cinematic Universe are Performers, focusing on action and adventure. The Incredibles and My Hero Academia are Humble Storytellers: the superhero genre is just a vehicle for the story they want to tell, and the characters in both works are people first, superheroes second.
  • For that matter, DC Comics and Marvel Comics are Technicians, focusing on the technical side of making comics as well as delivering whatever message the writer (or the editor) wants to make. IDW Comics is the Performer: most of their work is either licensed work dealing with Cash Cow Franchises, or lucratives characters they got from other publishers. Image Comics are (or at least, have become) the Humble Storytellers: just focusing on telling stories without worrying too much about either the technical side of things or about the spectacle.
  • Star Trek is the Technician: very much focusing on the science side of things, on delivering a moral message, and making sure the technical side of things is up to par. Star Wars is the Performer: focusing on huge sprawling stories that get an emotional reaction out of people. Doctor Who is the Humble Storyteller: science fiction is just the vehicle for the stories they want to tell, and they doesn't particularly care about either making a big spectacle, or about getting the scientific and technical aspects right.
  • H.P. Lovecraft is the Technician, with very intricate, cerebral and polished stories that often have a message about how terrifying the unknown is. Edgar Allan Poe is the Performer: his stories and poems are out to get a scare out of people, or just convey a sense of dread, and he often uses Purple Prose. Stephen King is the Humble Storyteller: horror is a medium to tell the stories he wants to tell, and his writing has a very down-to-Earth approach.
  • Hideo Kojima is the Technician, with intricately crafted backstories, attention to detail down to the last pixel, and stories full of social commentary. Toby Fox is the Performer: not caring about the technical side of things and more out to get a reaction out of the player. Shigeru Miyamoto is the Humble Storyteller: just focusing on making fun games.
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