BB: series finale


Yep, Breaking Bad.
It’s happening, And it’s happening so fast. 

Until now, the show has rarely implied such a tight, and strict time flow. Barely a day is condensed into an episode, with almost no time between them. It does keep me on the edge of my seat, but it also has me cringe a little; how far did they really need to push it? News of this series finale is everywhere; on every pop culture blog,  memespace, all the youtube feeds.

But the way they’ve altered the time frame, each drastic, drama-filled minute makes it draining, and I find myself wondering why are we running full-pelt to the end?
Does it keep an audience more engaged? Probably yes, we knew the end was coming but we’re still in the dark about what exactly it will entail…but this, this feels a bit like Argo. It’s nail-biting, gut wrenching stuff, but it’s not a movie, it’s a tv series. In my world tv isn’t allowed to do that! It been what six 50-ish minute episodes, and then the double-episode finale brings us to just over a six and a half hour heat-racing (and anger fuelled) finale. Too long in my books.
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The Screening

It was amazing to see the variety of work produced – every film had merits and I enjoyed seeing them all on the big-screen.

The Job Interview – funny, people actually did laugh Michael – cutting was great, and it all came together really nicely

BEAR – variety of shots, admire use of 2 locations – used well

Isaac – coloured grading grading worked out so well, the sound came up great too well shot

CRUMPETS – suspenseful, well written, great audio and good performances

About A Dog – the guy who wasn’t Jeremy was great, emotive lighting, great camera work and excellent sound choices

Bat & Chain – nice location and strong costuming, cute storyline with clever characters

Knock, Knock – built up pace well and definitely achieved suspense, strong use of sound and keeping the object a mystery made for a really strong overall effect

TIME TO WATCH – loved the use of the security camera perspective and the use of sound (and no sound), good set design

Hilarious Transplant – really funny and entertaining, totally different direction to other films which was great to see!

Skelomancy – great set design, loved the actress (we auditioned her and she was super sweet!) and clever ending

Rent Day – clever, simple, effective; the crash zoom on the ring and the fantasy were epic, loved the setting in time and the three parts and great, believable actors

What’s For Tea, Trev? – great actors, and the moustache on the sound guy was hilarious, he was great, loved the characters

Never Wake A Sleepwalker  – effective horror, that was scary! great editing and lighting, intense ending.

My Sweetheart You – abrupt ending, deep story, good framing on opening shots

Jack And The Box – clever use of location, really engaging story and clever edits, good use of SFX

Stu’s Date – this was funny, clever use of characters, good acting, good props

Confessions – loved the opening, great location, great costumes, good acting, well-written and clever

The Other Half – awesome editing and strong use of sound created a really engaging and strong piece of work. Loved the use of close-ups and good acting.

Third Law of Motion – really liked the colours, colour grade and lighting, actors worked really well together, obviously a great deal of rehearsal

The Creek –  seeing this come together has been great; Zac’s performance was excellent, great shots under the bridge

Where’s Pierre – funny and clever, loved the split screen shot, especially with the different lighting and colour themes in each room

Loot – simple and clever, great script, humorous and excellent set/prop design

*sidenote* this post was written over coffee with Caley =)

some thoughts on editing: we’re going soft

Adrian’s lecture this week focused on the medium of soft video, and the opportunities available to edit soft video – there are plenty of them…
At the base of it all, he highlighted that it is the need to understand the process that is editing, rather then knowing how to best use the software that is favoured at the time. That seems to me to be one of the central goals surrounding many of my core subjects , and it it the theory that surrounds a university education – it’s about being able to think, and then being able to do.

But, I digress,  back to hypertext, videos, quicktime and all that..

Maybe, I’m already an old fart: not keen on 3D TV, and unwilling to Kindle-it-up, but beyond all of that, I find it sooo difficult to edit text from a screen. That is why my blog is so informal, and probably, no definitely why it reads as a stream of consciousness sometimes. It is pre-meditated, but, in no way is it edited to the extent that I would edit a video, a piece of sound, or an academic-style essay.

I have problems with editing – it seems like such an infinite process.
I am unable to judge when a piece of work is good enough, rather then over-worked. My exam strategy was just to write, read over it quickly and then hand it up, unfortunately that doesn’t work so well in the real world. It has influenced my ability to procrastinate, leaving myself to bang out work at the last minute, letting the deadline motivate me to produce the best that I can.

I cannot deal with editing text on screen.
With video editing I can only ever work in short bursts, and need to change screens to get a different look at colours, and resolution.
When it comes to image, and especially anything working with colour I can only work for a short time without running around in circles and eventually I need to wear a blindfold to bed, it just gets that intense.
I always want to print out my work and look at it.
I want finite records and copies of how it was, what needed to be changed, and then how it was changed. The blog is not like this. An updated blog post does not show you the old one (at least not on wordpress anyway). I do take time and care in creating posts, but I don’t like to go through the process of editing the whole thing top-to-bottom once I’m done, instead adopting a paragraph by paragraph method which, according to the writings about academic writing is BAD. But this method, paragraph by paragraph, supports the post-industrial movement – some aspects more so then others (dirty, messy).
It will change, it can be updated, it’s to set in stone – but to what degree should it be fixed, can I do a complete 180 on my point of view?
– Is this method of breaking the boundaries just a way of sticking it to the rule book that suggests writing should be premeditated and edited?
– When do we go too far? When am I just becoming an apathetic tertiary student just going on about – what it is to be educated in society and the way the world is rapidly changing?
– Is a lack of structure simply being lazy? or is it more then that, is it about getting ideas out there, quickly?

And, what is the act of editing these days?  Regarding text, I feel it would be completely inappropriate, even disrespectful, to say that control-click on a word underlined with red dots can be classed as an act of editing.