James

James

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    What impact will the prevailing popularity of miniseries' have on standard television formats

    Non-conventional episodic formats have been growing in popularity for a number of years now. With streaming services and premium cable lifting restrictions on how episodic content is made and consumed (doing away with standard 21/46 minute programs forced by advertising) how will this shape the way programs are made? BBC series have had this sort of format for years and now even shows like Game of Thrones have changed the way they shoot their episodes (originally opting for a more conventional structure but now ending the series with 6 approx. 2 hour episodes) Will this be more alluring for creatives?

    • I think this topic has a lot of potential. You could contrast the stylistic choices made by series that no longer have to facilitate advertisements versus ones that do. Traditionally series will be forced to incorperate an ad break at the 15, 30 and 40 minute mark depending on the length of the show and so will tailor certain tantalizing plot points to keep people watching after the break but the long form serial drama on certain SVOD services is free from such a creative restraint. Therefore you could compare say Game of Thrones or a Netflix series like Daredevil or Mindhunter in contrast to a conventional show in order to examine how these textual differences affects televisual flow- realting to the interplay between reception (viewing habits) and aesthetics. – OmegaReviews 2 years ago
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    • With streaming, OTT and other premium VOD services exploding like never before, it would be very interesting to assess how episodes of any length can now befit a series with numerous examples where a single season had successive episodes of totally different lengths based on the need of the script. What additional freedoms does easing of this restriction provide to screenplay and dialogue writers? – Dr. Vishnu Unnithan 5 months ago
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    James

    I remember watching the series premiere back in 2010(at the height of the zombie phenomenon) and was amazed at how revolutionary the show would be. But it’s also the perfect example of what happens when studios see dollar signs and drag a dead show behind a cart instead of ending it on a high note. It could be because the graphic novels still have no set end or showrunners like Gimple just trying to squeeze as much profitability out of a show as possible, but it always sucks to see a show you used to like suffer in quality. It’s almost worse than watching a decent show cancelled too early.

    The Walking Dead: What Led To Its Jeopardy
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    I love how the scenes with Bruce Banner even address this. He’s been gone since Age of Ultron and all of a sudden comes back to Dr Strange and Black Panther and has to be caught up on all this stuff that he’s missed.

    Infinity War: Consequences and The Times In Between
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    It’s interesting to see how different reality TV is in other countries as well. You can watch a cooking competition show in the UK and it’s always much more subdued. It’ll focus on the cooking and the outcome of the competition, but the whole thing feels much more relaxed. Then you watch one produced in the US and the editing/ sound effects make it so much more dramatic. They’ll have the host say something, take a long dramatic pause and then use some musical sting and cut to a super close up of a bunch of the contestants. They really want to put you on the edge of your seat.

    The Enhanced Reality of Reality TV