Television is one of mass media’s most resilient mediums. It’s amazing to see how far it’s come in the past ten years, with many shows matching and sometimes exceeding feature films in production value and strength of storytelling. Particularly the latter, when you consider how deep you can delve into a set of characters in ten hours as opposed to 2 1/2. Shows like Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy, Glee and Dexter have proven that.
If you’ve ever wondered how what goes on behind the scenes – more specifically, behind the camera – of these shows, then you might be interested in checking out the American Cinematographer/Createasphere Best of TV Webcasts, where cinematographers, camera operators, and editors open up about what they shot, how they shot it, and how they cut it together. Unfortunately, the Boardwalk Empire webcast with DP Kramer Morgenthau and editors Kate Sanford and Tim Streeto happened last Monday, but the remaining three events will prove to be just as enlightening.
I’m moderating the Sons of Anarchy and Dexter panels. Register here. Each event is $35, but CHUD readers get 20% off with the code BOTV. As a bonus, I’m giving a complimentary pass (for any of the following events) to the first two readers who can tell me which popular television character said: “Bowties are cool.” Email me at doctorultimately at gmail dot com.
Here’s the rundown: