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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has this dynamic with its many characters, some of which change roles throughout the series as well. To name some examples:
** In ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Phantom Blood]]'', Jonathan is the performer to Dio's technician. Dio is a highly calculating villain who uses guile and pragmatism to gain an edge, while Jonathan is a quick thinker who uses creative solutions to overcome his opponents.
** Joseph, the hero of ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Battle Tendency]]'', is even more of a performer [[ContrastingSequelMainCharacter compared to Jonathan]], as well as compared to his FriendlyRival Caesar. What Joseph lacks in training, he more than makes up for in creative applications of Hamon, as well as unorthodox abilities conceived to throw his opponents off and give himself the advantage.
** Jotaro, the hero of ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stardust Crusaders]]'', is more of a technician than Joseph or Jonathan, possessing a keen intellect that allows him to dismantle his opponents' advantages. DIO, meanwhile, has become more of a performer, using The World to [[TimeStandsStill halt time]] as a means of both giving himself a nigh-immutable advantage in combat and messing with his enemies' heads.


*** Midoriya shares this contrast with his childhood friend and bully, Katsuki Bakugo. Midoriya is timid, thoughtful, and has to constantly put in the work to catch up to his peers in using his powers. Bakugo is a hothead driven to surpass his peers who prefers to rush in headfirst and is a more naturally gifted fighter. Where Midoriya sees being a hero as cool because they help people, Bakugo sees being a hero as cool because heroes always win. The differences between them are highlighted as early as the U.A. Entrance Exam. Bakugo passes the practical exam exclusively by destroying robot adversaries for points. Midoriya makes it through exclusively by passing the SecretTestOfCharacter, fighting a powerful foe worth zero points to save an student who got trapped in its warpath.

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*** Midoriya shares this contrast with his childhood friend and bully, Katsuki Bakugo. Midoriya is timid, thoughtful, and has to constantly put in the work to catch up to his peers in using his powers. Bakugo is a hothead driven to surpass his peers who prefers to rush in headfirst and is a more naturally gifted fighter. Where Midoriya sees being a hero as cool because they help people, Bakugo sees being a hero as cool because heroes always win. The differences between them are highlighted as early as the U.A. Entrance Exam. Bakugo passes the practical exam exclusively by destroying robot adversaries for points. Midoriya makes it through exclusively by passing the SecretTestOfCharacter, fighting a powerful foe worth zero points to save an a student who got trapped in its warpath.


** Pinkie Pie and Rarity have similar parallels. Both are charismatic people-persons [[note]]people-ponies?[[/note]] with Pinkie Pie being naturally cheerful, friendly, and full of a desire to make others smile (performer) and Rarity cultivating her image, deliberately networking to grow her social circle, and using her craft to make a name for herself (technician).

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** Pinkie Pie and Rarity have similar parallels. Both are charismatic people-persons [[note]]people-ponies?[[/note]] people-ponies with Pinkie Pie being naturally cheerful, friendly, and full of a desire to make others smile (performer) and Rarity cultivating her image, deliberately networking to grow her social circle, and using her craft to make a name for herself (technician).


* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E2LisasRival "Lisa's Rival"]] obliquely touches on the trope when Lisa's class have to create literary dioramas. Allison, the eponymous rival, constructs an elaborate diorama based on ''Literature/TheTelltaleHeart'', complete with a battery-powered mechanism to simulate the thumping of the floorboards from the story's climax; however, the judges (Principal Skinner and Ms Hoover) are unimpressed by the technical achievement, stating instead that the project has little originality to it. Oddly for this trope, there isn't really a "performer" to counterpoint the "technician", unless you count Ralph Wiggum's action figures, which only win the contest because Skinner is a closet ''Star Wars'' fanboy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E2LisasRival "Lisa's Rival"]] obliquely touches on the trope when Lisa's class have to create literary dioramas. Allison, the eponymous rival, constructs an elaborate diorama based on ''Literature/TheTelltaleHeart'', complete with a battery-powered mechanism to simulate the thumping of the floorboards from the story's climax; however, the judges (Principal Skinner and Ms Hoover) are unimpressed by the technical achievement, stating instead that the project has little originality to it. Oddly for this trope, there isn't really a The only "performer" to counterpoint the "technician", unless you count "technician" is Ralph Wiggum's action figures, which only win actually won the contest because Skinner is a closet ''Star Wars'' fanboy.fanboy.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rainbow Dash (performer) vs. Fluttershy (technician). Rainbow loves to show off and create flashy moves, while Fluttershy simply relies on hard work and grit. Both obviously has her fans, so the writers seem careful not to favor one over the other.
** Pinkie Pie and Rarity have similar parallels. Both are charismatic people-persons [[note]]people-ponies?[[/note]] with Pinkie Pie being naturally cheerful, friendly, and full of a desire to make others smile (performer) and Rarity cultivating her image, deliberately networking to grow her social circle, and using her craft to make a name for herself (technician).
** Twilight Sparkle and Applejack do have similar parallels as well. Both have extensive knowledge of their respective fields, magic and farming, respectively. But while Twilight's knowledge comes from years of intense study and research (techincian), Applejack's comes from years of practical experience (performer).



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rainbow Dash (performer) vs. Fluttershy (technician). Rainbow loves to show off and create flashy moves, while Fluttershy simply relies on hard work and grit. Both obviously has her fans, so the writers seem careful not to favor one over the other.
** Pinkie Pie and Rarity have similar parallels. Both are charismatic people-persons [[note]]people-ponies?[[/note]] with Pinkie Pie being naturally cheerful, friendly, and full of a desire to make others smile (performer) and Rarity cultivating her image, deliberately networking to grow her social circle, and using her craft to make a name for herself (technician).
** Twilight Sparkle and Applejack do have similar parallels as well. Both have extensive knowledge of their respective fields, magic and farming, respectively. But while Twilight's knowledge comes from years of intense study and research (techincian), Applejack's comes from years of practical experience (performer).


* For a game as wacky, stylized, and generally amusing as ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the nine classes can usually be assigned into Technician and Performer categories. Classes such as the Soldier, Heavy, Sniper, Engineer, and Medic are typically Technician-style classes. They are slower, fairly straightforward classes that are consistent and play in largely the same fashion, with less variation in tactics and equipment. The Sniper, in particular, is far and away the most technical class, requiring exceptional, consistent precision to do well, especially when repeated several times over to the enemy's heads. The Pyro, Scout, Demoman, and Spy are Performers. They are faster and fun to watch, and often have unusual options available to them that can radically change their gameplay. Examples include the Demoknight loadouts and the Spy's variety of invisibility watches and knives with special effects.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rainbow Dash (performer) vs. Applejack (technician). Dash loves to show off and create flashy moves, while Applejack simply relies on hard work and grit. Each one has her fans, both in real life and among the show's characters, and the writers seem careful not to favor one over the other.
** Similar parallels can be drawn between Pinkie Pie and Rarity. Both are charismatic people-persons [[note]]people-ponies?[[/note]] with Pinkie Pie being naturally cheerful, friendly, and full of a desire to make others smile (performer) and Rarity cultivating her image, deliberately networking to grow her social circle, and using her craft to make a name for herself (technician).
** Twilight and Fluttershy have similar parallels as well. Both have extensive knowledge of their respective fields, magic and animal husbandry, respectively. But while Twilight's knowledge comes from years of intense study and research (techincian), Fluttershy's comes from years of practical experience (performer).
** Another would be Twilight as technician and Starlight as performer. Starlight relies alot on her emotions to drive her magic and she has unique ideas, as shown during her original villainous presentations. However, she is pretty lacking in magical theory or the consequences of her actions, but she gets better over time. Furthermore, she's actually better on magical theory and knowledge than Trixie is and has been teaching Trixie to better use her magic.


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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rainbow Dash (performer) vs. Fluttershy (technician). Rainbow loves to show off and create flashy moves, while Fluttershy simply relies on hard work and grit. Both obviously has her fans, so the writers seem careful not to favor one over the other.
** Pinkie Pie and Rarity have similar parallels. Both are charismatic people-persons [[note]]people-ponies?[[/note]] with Pinkie Pie being naturally cheerful, friendly, and full of a desire to make others smile (performer) and Rarity cultivating her image, deliberately networking to grow her social circle, and using her craft to make a name for herself (technician).
** Twilight Sparkle and Applejack do have similar parallels as well. Both have extensive knowledge of their respective fields, magic and farming, respectively. But while Twilight's knowledge comes from years of intense study and research (techincian), Applejack's comes from years of practical experience (performer).


* In terms of PlayerArchetypes, TheMunchkin and TheLoonie make up the most extreme ends of the trope, with the former playing to "win", [[StopHavingFunGuys even when it's not the point of the game]]; and the latter [[RuleOfFun playing to have fun]], [[OffTheRails even if it comes at the expense of the game's integrity]]. In between, the RulesLawyer and the [[MinMaxing Power-Gamer]] occupy the Technician end with their adherence to the game's mechanics, while TheRoleplayer and TheRealMan typically occupy the Performer end with their commitment to the story and situations (respectively) which the GameMaster plays out.

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* In terms of PlayerArchetypes, TheMunchkin and TheLoonie make up the most extreme ends of the trope, with the former playing to "win", [[StopHavingFunGuys even when it's not the point of the game]]; and the latter [[RuleOfFun playing to have fun]], [[OffTheRails even if it comes at the expense of the game's integrity]]. In between, the RulesLawyer and the [[MinMaxing Power-Gamer]] occupy the Technician end with their adherence to the game's mechanics, while TheRoleplayer and TheRealMan typically occupy the Performer end with their commitment to the story and situations (respectively) which the GameMaster plays out. that play out.

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* In terms of PlayerArchetypes, TheMunchkin and TheLoonie make up the most extreme ends of the trope, with the former playing to "win", [[StopHavingFunGuys even when it's not the point of the game]]; and the latter [[RuleOfFun playing to have fun]], [[OffTheRails even if it comes at the expense of the game's integrity]]. In between, the RulesLawyer and the [[MinMaxing Power-Gamer]] occupy the Technician end with their adherence to the game's mechanics, while TheRoleplayer and TheRealMan typically occupy the Performer end with their commitment to the story and situations (respectively) which the GameMaster plays out.


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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Sonic (Performer) and Knuckles (Technician). Sonic has greater agility and speed and always tries to be as much of a show off as possible when he engages his foes, fitting his laid-back and smarmy attitude. Knuckles is focused on his strength and power and is a skilled martial artist with various techniques at his disposal, being a descendant of a warrior race. Who's the better fighter is something of a debate between the two themselves, but they're generally considered equals.

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'': Sonic (Performer) and Knuckles (Technician). Sonic has greater agility and speed and always tries to be as much of a show off as possible when he engages his foes, fitting his laid-back and smarmy attitude. Knuckles is focused on his strength and power and is a skilled martial artist with various techniques at his disposal, being a descendant of a warrior race. Who's the better fighter is something of a debate between the two themselves, but they're generally considered equals.


* Music/{{KISS}} with their lead guitarists. Ace Frehley was a Performer, more known for his guitar emitting smoke and firing rockets than for his playing, and he was once described as "a cheap [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]] imitation in a flashy costume". His replacements (Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick) were all Technicians who could play rings around him, but never connected with the audience the way he did. In fact, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons jokingly called Bruce "Spruce Kulick" when he first joined because of his lack of stage presence and just standing there like a tree onstage. Current guitarist Tommy Thayer is also a Technician, but more an AscendedFanboy as he idolized Kiss and Ace growing up.

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* Music/{{KISS}} with their lead guitarists. Ace Frehley was a Performer, more known for his guitar emitting smoke and firing rockets than for his playing, and he was once described as "a cheap [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]] imitation in a flashy costume". His replacements in the 80's (Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick) were all Technicians who could play rings around him, but never connected with the audience the way he did. In fact, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons jokingly called Bruce "Spruce Kulick" when he first joined because of his lack of stage presence and just standing there like a tree onstage. Current guitarist Tommy Thayer is also a Technician, but more an AscendedFanboy a PromotedFanboy as he idolized Kiss and Ace growing up.


** Heavily lampshaded later, when Katie chewed Leon and May out during the ''RomeoAndJuliet'' rehearsals. She basically tells them "A selfish Romeo who only cares about his own splendor? A cowardly Juliet who seems scared and diminished? Don't make me laugh you guys, you epically SUCK!"

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** Heavily lampshaded later, when Katie chewed Leon and May out during the ''RomeoAndJuliet'' ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' rehearsals. She basically tells them "A selfish Romeo who only cares about his own splendor? A cowardly Juliet who seems scared and diminished? Don't make me laugh you guys, you epically SUCK!"

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** In ''{{VideoGame/Skyrim}},'' this is played with depending on how you build your character. A destruction-focused mage is a technician, and will have an array of spells allowing them to adapt to a particular enemy's weakness. But even the highest level spells can't match the damage output of a properly built warrior with a good sword (the performer). And a stealth-focused rogue swings it back to technician again, as with the right gear and perks they can do up to 30x damage with a sneak attack, allowing them to one-shot all but the toughest bosses.


* The [[LongRunner many many episodes of]] ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' did this a few times, once with two rival restaurants, owned by sisters, one where the chef was a Mr. Mime and the other where the chef was a Sneasel. The Mr. Mime cook put a lot of flash into his cooking, turning even the cooking itself into a performance of sorts with his psychic abilities, and the presentation of the meal could not have been nicer...[[LethalChef but the food itself was virtually inedible, as the flavor was nightmarish]]. The Sneasel, by comparison, was an unimpressive minimalist, cooking in the backroom and bringing out extremely ordinary-looking, even ugly-looking dishes...[[SupremeChef that turned out to be mouthgasmically delicious]]. While Ash and his friends helped out Mr. Mime by teaching which flavors work best and to take it a bit slower, ''Team Rocket'' helps out the Sneasel in being a bit more flashy with presentation. After a CookingDuel and stopping Team Rocket, the two sisters made up and combined their places intoone.

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* The [[LongRunner many many episodes of]] ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' did this a few times, once with two rival restaurants, owned by sisters, one where the chef was a Mr. Mime and the other where the chef was a Sneasel. The Mr. Mime cook put a lot of flash into his cooking, turning even the cooking itself into a performance of sorts with his psychic abilities, and the presentation of the meal could not have been nicer...[[LethalChef but the food itself was virtually inedible, as the flavor was nightmarish]]. The Sneasel, by comparison, was an unimpressive minimalist, cooking in the backroom and bringing out extremely ordinary-looking, even ugly-looking dishes...[[SupremeChef that turned out to be mouthgasmically delicious]]. While Ash and his friends helped out Mr. Mime by teaching which flavors work best and to take it a bit slower, ''Team Rocket'' helps out the Sneasel in being a bit more flashy with presentation. After a CookingDuel and stopping Team Rocket, the two sisters made up and combined their places intoone.into one.



* In the TV series of ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' Diana Cavendish and Akko Kagari are the Technician and Performer, respectively. Diana comes from a long, well known, powerful family. At a Festival in episode 13, she pulls off a powerful summoning, copying parts of the performance of Shiny Chariot, an entertainer witch from a decade ago. Her skill wows the crowd. But Akko, who has very little skill (she's only been using magc for maybe a couple months at this point) and can't do anything well, but wants magic to to be ''fun'', puts on a dazzling performance, using her inability to do things perfectly to instead make silly shapeshifts, eliciting laughs from everyone, even those who comment in just how bad her shapeshifting skill is, and wins the crowd. Diana's performance, while technically perfect, is sterile and cold in comparison.

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* In the TV series of ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' Diana Cavendish and Akko Kagari are the Technician and Performer, respectively. Diana comes from a long, well known, powerful family. At a Festival in episode 13, she pulls off a powerful summoning, copying parts of the performance of Shiny Chariot, an entertainer witch from a decade ago. Her skill wows the crowd. But Akko, who has very little skill (she's only been using magc for maybe a couple months at this point) and can't do anything well, but wants magic to to be ''fun'', puts on a dazzling performance, using her inability to do things perfectly to instead make silly shapeshifts, eliciting laughs from everyone, even those who comment in just how bad her shapeshifting skill is, and wins the crowd. Diana's performance, while technically perfect, is sterile and cold in comparison.



* As with many tropes of the SuperRobot genre, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' provides a {{Deconstruction}} of the usual use: Amuro (Performer) is incredibly talented but, [[FallingIntoTheCockpit having had to jump in the Gundam with the piloting manual and no prior training]], has little experience piloting a [[HumongousMecha mobile suit]], while the Zeon aces he has to face are ''all'' militarily trained and experienced war veterans who know their machines inside-out. As a result, Amuro survived Char's initial onslaught with a Zaku and defeated Ramba Ral's Gouf only thanks to the superior performance of the Gundam, and is only by learning the technique through hard training and battles that, by the time the Three Black Stars (less skilled than either Char or Ramba Ral) show up, he's a legitimately good pilot. After that, it [[ReconstructedTrope Reconstructs]] it: the Three Black Stars are ''still'' more skilled than Amuro, but aren't as versatile as him and last only two fights before being killed off, with one of them getting uncerimonously killed when Amuro dismantled their trademark maneuver.

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* As with many tropes of the SuperRobot genre, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' provides a {{Deconstruction}} of the usual use: Amuro (Performer) is incredibly talented but, [[FallingIntoTheCockpit having had to jump in the Gundam with the piloting manual and no prior training]], has little experience piloting a [[HumongousMecha mobile suit]], while the Zeon aces he has to face are ''all'' militarily trained and experienced war veterans who know their machines inside-out. As a result, Amuro survived Char's initial onslaught with a Zaku and defeated Ramba Ral's Gouf only thanks to the superior performance of the Gundam, and is only by learning the technique through hard training and battles that, by the time the Three Black Stars (less skilled than either Char or Ramba Ral) show up, he's a legitimately good pilot. After that, it [[ReconstructedTrope Reconstructs]] it: the Three Black Stars are ''still'' more skilled than Amuro, but aren't as versatile as him and last only two fights before being killed off, with one of them getting uncerimonously unceremoniously killed when Amuro dismantled their trademark maneuver.


* This trope is the main reason why it's generally [[InternetBackdraft not a good idea]] to try to discuss either GarageRock or ProgressiveRock with fans of the other. The divide between PunkRock and HeavyMetal isn't as strong, but they fit this trope too.

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* This trope is the main reason why it's generally [[InternetBackdraft not a good idea]] idea to try to discuss either GarageRock or ProgressiveRock with fans of the other. The divide between PunkRock and HeavyMetal isn't as strong, but they fit this trope too.


* Compare the [[MindScrew dense, cerebral,]] [[SouthernGothic and flowery writing style]] employed by Creator/WilliamFaulkner with the [[BeigeProse sparse, minimalistic]] writing style of Creator/ErnestHemingway. Both have a claim to the title of "greatest American author," however, Faulkner takes on the role of technician and Hemingway takes on the role of performer.

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* Compare the [[MindScrew dense, cerebral,]] [[PurpleProse ornate]], [[SouthernGothic and flowery writing style]] employed by Creator/WilliamFaulkner with the [[BeigeProse sparse, minimalistic]] writing style of Creator/ErnestHemingway. Both have a claim to the title of "greatest American author," however, author of the 20th Century," and both can be considered Performers to each others Technicians. Faulkner takes on the role wrote in a variety of technician and styles while Hemingway takes on only wrote in one, Faulkner wrote both short stories and novels, while Hemingway wrote mostly short stories and only a few complete novels. On the role of performer.other hand, Faulkner was known for being very self-effacing while Hemingway gloried in being a public celebrity and known name.



* The traditional Mac/PC rivalry revolved around this, with Microsoft as the technician and Apple as the performer. In the last decade or so, however, the rivalry has cooled, and both now straddle the technician/performer divide.
** Somewhat ironic, since in internal design, they are arguably the opposite: Apple OS is the tightly-defined technician, with one tried and tested app for each function, whereas Windows is the more adaptable but sloppier performer.

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* The traditional Mac/PC rivalry revolved around this, with Microsoft as the technician and Apple as the performer. In the last decade or so, however, the rivalry has cooled, and both now straddle the technician/performer divide.
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divide. Somewhat ironic, since in internal design, they are arguably the opposite: Apple OS is the tightly-defined technician, with one tried and tested app for each function, whereas Windows is the more adaptable but sloppier performer.



* Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/StevenSpielberg. When making the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' films, it was clear to all involved that Lucas was more invested in getting the technical details right, and crafting an emotionally resonant story through editing in post-production more than from the actors' performances on set; his constant revisions of the original trilogy has born this out. Spielberg, while a gifted technician in his own right, is chiefly interested in pulling out all the stops to wrench the emotions of his audience. Their collaborations on ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' shows both their approaches at work.

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* Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/StevenSpielberg. When making the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' films, it was clear to all involved that Lucas was more invested in getting the technical details right, and crafting an emotionally resonant story through editing in post-production more than from the actors' performances on set; his constant revisions of the original trilogy has born this out. Spielberg, while a gifted technician in his own right, is chiefly interested in pulling out all the stops to wrench the emotions of his audience. Their collaborations on ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' shows both their approaches at work.



** Lucas' ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe is closer to the performer end of the spectrum compared to the technician ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe. The former has a gritty UsedFuture look and both the dark side and the light side of the Force favor instincts over reason, compared to the rational and utopian ''Star Trek''.
* Going off of the above example, Creator/StevenSpielberg has a performer ethos compared to the technician mindset of his friend and peer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Compare Kubrick's cerebral, visually dramatic, detached ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' to Spielberg's equally visually dramatic but warmer and more emotionally resonant ''Film/JurassicPark''. Both deal with similar themes regarding the potential consequences of modern science and technological innovation, but are handled totally differently.

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** Lucas' ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe is closer to the performer end of the spectrum compared to the technician ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe. The former has a for-its-time and in-some-areas gritty UsedFuture look and both the dark side and the light side of the Force favor instincts over reason, compared to the rational and utopian ''Star Trek''.
* ** Going off of the above example, Creator/StevenSpielberg has a performer ethos compared to the technician mindset of his friend and peer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Compare Kubrick's cerebral, visually dramatic, detached ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' to Spielberg's equally visually dramatic but warmer and more emotionally resonant ''Film/JurassicPark''. Both deal with similar themes regarding the potential consequences of modern science and technological innovation, but are handled totally differently.differently.
** Creator/MartinScorsese is unique for being both a technician and a performer. He's known like Lucas for extensively preparing, storyboarding his films, and treating the production of a film as mainly an exercise in gathering material for editing (which Scorsese insists is the most important part of any film-making endeavor). On the other hand he's also known for being very visually lush, very intense use of music, and being very actor friendly.

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