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Aug 30 2017

Why Game of Thrones is the Most Popular (Cable) Show of All Time

The runaway success of Game of Thrones was hardly assured, considering it's spiritual predecessor, Rome, got nixed due to high budgets and middling ratings. But Game of Thrones has become the most popular show of all time, averaging over 10 million viewers per episode just in live US views, an insane feat for a program on a premium cable network. It has further become so embedded in the cultural zeitgeist that non fans are being rounded up and shipped off to the Iron Islands so Thronies don't have to explain...

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May 31 2017

Why Reality TV Stinks and How to Fix It

I usually call it documentary-style TV because 'reality tv' can leave such a bad taste in peoples mouths. And it shouldn't. There isn't anything wrong with reality as a format. Sure, there is a good deal of trashy TV in reality, but that's not the fault of the format; there is some level of trash in every format that exists.  And hell, science and nature shows fall into doc-style TV- the only difference between those and other reality programming is that they're about concepts and wildlife rather than people. But that's not to say...

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Mar 01 2017

5 Terms That Aren’t Video Production Expressions But Should Be

There are things, quite a number of things, that production people all know about but haven't necessarily given names. No reason to keep it that way. Blank Tie EventFor those times when you're shooting at a fancy event or in a well dressed corporate office. You want to dress fit the situation, but most of all you want to be invisible. Black slacks and a white dress shirt work great, regardless of gender. Dress like a waiter, you'll be fine.[caption id="attachment_20950" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Yes, it's a play on black tie event.[/caption]  Industry Messiah A recent...

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Feb 22 2017

What the Show 3% Can Teach Us About Recruiting

The show 3% is a Brazilian Netflix series about a dystopian future where as the population comes of age, they compete in a series of trials to live in an offshore paradise. While the show boasts an engaging storyline and impressive visuals from director Cesar Charlone, cinematographer of "City of God", the thing that struck me most is the similarity of the trials in 3%, called "the process", to everyday systems in a modern job search. While "the process" in 3% is much more intense and brutal than a real...

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Feb 08 2017

Top Ten TV Openings

They get overlooked far too often, but opening titles are an important element of a TV show’s connection with viewers. They set an expectation and mood for a show and since they appear in every episode, they form much of a show’s ‘branding’. So let’s talk about who is doing it up right. There are way too many great TV intros to list them all, so, since we’re discussing modern filmmaking techniques, preference was given to more contemporary shows (and even still there were many great intros that didn’t make the...

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