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Has TV surpassed Film?

With so much good Tv out there today, and the ability to tell a story through 10-12 45 min episodes allowing for much broader storytelling, has TV finally surpassed Film? Specifically in regards to social dominance?

  • I, myself tend to stray more towards television these days. I find that television just draws out the story longer - in a good way. (in a bad way, in some cases..) I like seeing what characters do in certain situations and being able to spend more than 1-2 hours with them. With shows like Game of Thrones, for instance; there's SO much story to tell and in the end you get more of it from television than what you could cover in 1-2 hours. – H4zel 6 years ago
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  • I definitely think that television shows are becoming the new film franchise! I think tv offers viewers a more intimate experience, and the way it continuously gratifies viewers with a new episode every week, pushing the story forward, is spectacular. I know that a lot of people are against this "tv dominating film" idea, but I support it- I don't think tv is of lesser quality than film and I think it's about time people start appreciating the work that goes into the shows thousands of people tune into. – ejakupovic 6 years ago
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  • I will agree TV has more room for story telling, but film will have that sense that of what you are watching is a spectacle. There are just stories like Blade Runner and Jurassic Park that are meant to be put on the big screen. – Aaron Hatch 6 years ago
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  • An angle to look at for this topic is cost analyses. How much funding is allocated to a mainstream feature film; which you can find on IMDb. Then compare to how much funding is spent on a highly rated TV project. I would assume the cost is less for the TV project therefore, allowing more creative avenues for the team working on the TV project. Whereas, a film that is dependent on the funding of the producer or corporation like Disney will have to respect their needs, wants and desires and some of the creative talent can be compromised. – Venus Echos 6 years ago
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  • I think it would be interesting to look at why so many "A-list" actors are now drawn to acting for TV series. It used to be that major actors were reserved for making movies. However you could examine reasons why actors like Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson choose to act in "True Detective" rather than do another movie. Anther good one to take a look at would be Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards". – lindsayrussell 6 years ago
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