BB: series finale

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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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Filming in cars

Something I started working on a while back, but didn’t quite ever finish.

All this commotion about shooting in a stationary car has really switched me onto noticing all the examples of (what I feel could be) do-able shots and angles of people in cars.
It happens more often then I thought it would and I’m glad because it suggests to me that it’s not  impossible for a low/no budget student film.

Unfortunately, we can’t put the camera on the dash board so I’ve been looking for alternate shots and interesting angles. I was surprised to see how often there were shots from outside cars. You could  some reflection in the mirror, but nothing too distracting.

It’s in Breaking Bad:

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Filming from this far away does give a greater sense of distance to the actors, but I don;t think that’s a bad thing – at least for the beginning of the scene. Once Bill & Linda’s argument heats up, the camera can move in closer.
This shot is good because it provides context. 
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In this shot you can even see some reflection on the car window, but it doesn’t look tacky or cheap . I feel we coud re-create this easily enough

It’s in Mr & Mrs Murder (now, we know it can be done easily if it’s in that show – no disrespect).

Why Musicians shouldn’t make films & the blog as a disruption

Why Musicians shouldn’t make films

What I learnt from this – being succinct is important.
Also, Die Antwoord is weirder then I thought.
Also, writing for blogs is maybe kind-of like writing an essay. It needs still to have an introduction, a body – and perhaps a conclusion.
It’s difficult to find the best or correct voice for the blog without knowing the characteristics of the audience.

Adrian’s lecture highlighted that Blogs can be seen as a disruptive pedagogy. I agree completely with his assertion that the fact a possible audience may view our work shifts the way we engage with the material, what we write about, and how. I would probably have started writing a blog ages ago if I wasn’t so insecure about my own writing and sharing my opinons with others.

But this makes our student blogs questionable things… I write my blog mainly for myself (keeping in mind that tutors will see it). I don’t write it for an intended audience – does this not also disrupt all that we have been taught about producing work/texts?
My blog has no explicit conventions. I write it the way I feel. Each post is different, sometimes the level of formality changes. Sometimes it’s unedited. I don’t treat it like a formal piece of assessment – is that bad? or does that simply allow for it to continue to change, to evolve and move towards becoming one whole unit?