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Last Season for a Favorite

The last season of True Blood is coming up this summer. I, of course, have some mixed feelings. I have watched this show since the first episode aired. This will be the first time I have followed a show in real time from beginning to end. I assume this will also be said of Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. But not quite yet!

True Blood has seen some serious up’s and down’s over the years. I remember times when I couldn’t get enough, and times when I thought I would pull my hair out with how off-the-rails ridiculous the story became. Nonetheless, I have never stopped watching. No matter where the story went, I was already in love with so many of the characters.

La La will forever be one of the most fabulous representations of a strong, gay character on television. He may be the most endearing person on the show for me, simply because he never loses sight of who he is. I love consistency in a character, and he delivers it.

Bill is definitely my least favorite at this point…which I hope will change in this last season. The writers turned this character from being the number one good guy to the ultimate evil. That being said, I love when writers take risks. I love it when they do something utterly unexpected. Thus, I was rooting for the angle. However, there are good bad people and bad bad people. Take Eric for example. I don’t know one person watching the show that has ever fully hated Eric. You can’t! He’s such a complex character. That’s where the writing went wrong on this one. Bill became as simple as can be. He no longer wanted anything but total power via some ancient vampire’s blood. You couldn’t feel for him anymore.

If any episode starts to paint Eric like a bad guy, there is always something that the writers throw in to remind you that he is a victim of several circumstances. I love that. Don’t make it so easy on the viewer. Make them feel real emotion when you kill a bad guy or a good guy. That drives the show!

Either way, I have high hopes for the final season. I will be watching every Sunday at 9:00, religiously. Whether the show crashes and burns or ends on a high note, well, that’s for the writers to decide.

TV Binging

It’s my new favorite hobby.

Right now, I have destroyed five seasons of Dr. Who. I thought that was pretty impressive, but then I realized I still haven’t started Breaking Bad or Sherlock. This brings me to my point: TV Binging.

With the ease of programs like Netflix and HBO Go, all I need is a few hours to devour an entire television series. I love it! I once related to how we read books. We don’t wait a week in between chapters (unless you’re a really slow reader like myself), we read a book in the matter of one or two weeks. We don’t have to wait. The entire story is there at our fingertips.

One show that I absolutely have to catch up on is Boardwalk Empire. I’m not entirely sure where it’s going this season, and I have to say, I’m not sure that I like that. But moreover, I’ve been a huge fan of the show since day one – so I can’t give up on it now. The fact that Margaret isn’t a huge part of the show is probably what bothers me the most. When it comes down to it, any television show or movie is about the relationships. Take any show you’ve ever watched…the surroundings are secondary. In Dr. Who, sure the sci-fi effects are cool. Everyone loves a good time machine! But think about it. The relationship between the Dr. and his companions is what drives the show.

Ever seen Silence of the Lambs? Jody Foster is running around trying to catch a serial killer with the help of another serial killer. First of all, fantastic movie. Anthony Hopkins kills it. The problem is, many people think the movie is about psychotic sexually-confused murderers. It’s now. The movie is about a young woman’s journey to prove herself as a policeman. The relationship she shares with the chief and Hannibal Lecter is what makes it wonderful.

All about the relationships.

And I feel like Boardwalk has taken the big one from me – Margaret and Nucky. Which is so sad! I love the two of them together. I really wanted some sort of Bonnie and Clyde ‘esque romance to happen there. Of course, it did not. Margaret went for another guy (by the way, wonderful romance there). But now she’s nowhere to be found, period. In reality, it makes a certain amount of sense. Why wouldn’t she leave a power-hungry gangster? But you can’t help but feel for Nucky. He’s the Walter White of 1920’s Atlantic City.

That being said, the time jump may also have me confused. After the time jump in True Blood, I remember being mad for weeks. I always feel like I’ve missed out on something huge! Believe it or not, time frame has a lot to do with a story, and jumping forward a few years can really take the viewer out of it.

Anyway, that’s my spill for today. I’m going to go catch up on some Boardwalk Empire. If you have never seen it, please do. It’s a great example of how cinematic and beautiful modern television can be. Oh, and Margaret and Nucky will be there for you to swoon over. You’re welcome.

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elondocs welcomes its new members for the 2013-2014 school year

Way to go, guys!

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Brian Binder is a junior at Elon University with a Major in Media Arts and Entertainment and Minor in Business Administration. Brian loves to tell stories with the camera whether it be through narrative or documentary filmmaking. With the experience gained through Elondocs, he plans to further his knowledge in cinematography and story construction, and be an all-around student of film. Brian plans to work for a small production company as a director/cinematographer on feature films.

Stefan Fortmann is a junior majoring in Media Arts and Entertainment and minoring in Psychology. He is a “born and bred” South African and came to the US to play tennis. He works with the Elon Athletic Department and the Pendulum as a sports photographer. He would love to work with the African Wildlife one day either through photo or documentary work.

Brad Hinkle is a media arts and entertainment major with a concentration…

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Analyzing the Radio

“Ideas initially take form as hunches. They don’t come into the world fully realized. The light-bulb moment is greatly overrated.” — Steven Johnson

I recently had the pleasure of listening to “Where Ideas Come From,” a discussion from the Ted Radio Hour on National Public Radio. Matt Ridley, Susan Cain, and Steven Johnson all talk about the process of discovering or creating an idea.

I was enthralled as I listened to these people. But I also instantly noticed the difference between a Ted Talk from television and the Ted Radio Hour.

The sound bites were interspersed almost in a pattern. I slowly became able to predict when another sound bite was being inserted as I heard the narrator deliberately pause to give the bite time to run.

Further, music slowly creeped in beneath the voices. The music grew and became louder as the sound bites of the interviewees got closer to the question: where do ideas come from?

Also, some of the sound bites were overlapped with the narration in a way that would not be featured on television. It just wouldn’t make sense. But on the radio, you can do it because visuals do not accompany what you are hearing.

Take the first talk for example, what most listeners will not notice is that the show is changing between Ridley speaking in the studio and Ridley’s past talks. Visually, this would not make sense. Yet, in radio, it is barely noticeable. Ridley’s voice only slightly changes in quality when he is in studio. 

Lastly, the actual topic is very interesting, but I am not sure how many people would watch a television segment or a short video on the matter. There is a lot of talking going on. This, of course, is fine for me. However, the general public does not want strictly talking. They want visual elements. 

I believe sometimes certain stories are almost ready-made for the radio. This one in particular was a great example of a story that needs to be told, but needs to be told in a particular medium as well.

http://www.npr.org/2012/06/06/154448804/where-ideas-come-from

Live Tweeting Reflection

I live tweeted an event for the first time in my life on election night. In short, I loved it. In a bit longer fashion, I was very surprised at how exciting it can be to get information out before anyone else. I almost exceeded my tweet minimum within an hour or two of tweeting. After that, I slowed down. I watched more carefully, and tried to pick out the important information.

However, just like in any form of communication, the audience must be kept entertained. It is terribly easy for your 140 character tweets to slowly slip into monotony if you do not add some interactivity.

I started posting photos of student organizations preparing for election night. Then, I posted more photos of what my friends and I were doing at our own self-proclaimed election party. These tweets were interspersed with quotes from students and any breaking details on the polls.

This brings me to the troubles of live tweeting. Any so-called breaking information may or may not be entirely true. As much as I loved tweeting information just as soon as it was aired on television or the web, not every piece of news you hear should be then re-posted on social media sites until it has been fact checked. My friends and I were very interested in this as three different websites read different poll results for states around the country.

Overall, it was a great experience. I never take the time to engage in live tweeting when I watch an event. I would like to say that I absorb the moment more than report it, but there have been times I have looked back and wished I had documented something more. Whether through photography, live tweeting, or any other form of documentation you must remember that accuracy is of the highest importance.