February 8, 2017

How Body Language Can Negatively Impact a Character’s Likeability

It’s estimated that the average American spends 5.11 hours on any given day watching television. This is an astounding 32 percent of average waking hours. During this time, we develop feelings for the characters we see on the screen who share in our struggles, make us laugh and help us enjoy the completion of a busy day.

Whether or not you realize it, characterization is an aspect of the creation of any hit show that really draws us in. However, it’s not always the goal of Hollywood to make us like the characters on television shows. After all, there has to be a villain in a good plot, and it’s necessary to assign certain characteristics to key players in movies and television shows to provide the audience the balance of good and evil necessary to make for exciting plots that will keep everyone asking for more. The next time you enjoy your favorite shows, think about a few body language similarities some of our most notorious characters share.

Avoidance of Eye Contact

When we “meet” new characters on the television screen, we can liken it to the instances in life when we meet real people. There are certain judgements we make upon first contact, and one of the most important is eye contact. When you engage with someone who looks you straight in the eyes, it automatically triggers feelings of trust. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for the bad guy in a plot to avoid eye contact, especially when being confronted of their wrongs.

Poor Posture

Whether or not we realize it, we often look to television to seek a sense of leadership in our own lives. You may watch a certain series based on the strength of a lead character who gives you the motivation to take the reins over your problems or just admire your favorite character on a sitcom who has the ability to smile even when things are at their worst. A common characteristic of a strong leader is proper posture. A character with proper posture exhibits a higher sense of self-worth, one that assures us they have themselves together.

On the other hand, a variety of shows features a villain or needy character everyone loves to hate who slumps when they stand. While this increases your disdain for the character, it’s worth noting that, according to the Arthritis Disease Center, as much as 80 percent of the American population doesn’t assume proper posture. To avoid negatively impacting your own likeability, you can correct your rounded shoulders using posture correctors.

Negative Facial Expressions

Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, a simple expression on our faces can speak volumes. We grimace when something disgusts us and smile when things are going well. However, when we’re interacting with others, we often exhibit reflections that aren’t true to what we’re really thinking. For instance, you smile and nod while a coworker shows you an entire album of vacation pictures when you really need to get started on a report.

When it comes to television villains, we can, to an extent, appreciate their typical honesty when it comes to their negative facial expressions when reacting to others. Just a few examples include:

  • Nodding impatiently while someone else is saying something important
  • Pointing their fingers
  • Rolling their eyes
  • No apparent reaction at all when the speaker is sharing exciting news

While we can find it difficult to appreciate this common honesty in t.v. bad guys, it’s clear facial expressions are a great way to create a strong character even if it is done so to shed them in a negative light.

A Deeper Level of Television Enjoyment

We watch television for a number of reasons, but the most prevalent is to escape our responsibilities and watch other people deal with theirs for a few hours. Considering we spend so much of our time being entertained in front of our television screens, it only makes sense that we should gain a better understanding of just how we are manipulated into forming just the judgements against characters that producers and directors intend. By understanding how body language is used in negative character development, you can enjoy a deeper level of television enjoyment.

July 24, 2016

Movie Sets: Where the Movie Magic Begins

Movie Set Director

I’m a confessed movie fanatic. I would want to say that I choose movies first before I actually watch them, but somehow, whenever there’s a movie I have not seen yet, I will watch it, no matter the genre, no matter who the actors are, no matter what the plot is and no matter where I am.

I easily get hooked with any kind of movies not because I want to be an actor someday. Actually, I want to be a director or producer or anybody that works behind the camera. Being able to contribute into the completion of a movie seemed like a very great and noble thing to do.

Movie set construction with great roof

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This obsession and dream of mine lead me to become very happy and frantic when a movie was shot in one of the subdivisions here in our area. I went to the movie set every day and I observed the tasks of each individual on the set, from the director to the camera crew to the set crew and all the other staff members.

One time during the shoot, a portion of the “new” house that they were shooting the scene from suddenly collapsed. At first I thought it was part of the scene. But after the director shouted a very loud “cut!” and when security hurriedly secured the actors from the debris, I knew it was not part of the scene at all.

Molds On Roof It was later found out that the portion that collapsed was caused by mold infestation due to stagnant water in the roof of the set. Basically, it was caused by a faulty roof. Normally molds are not capable of breaking a house down, but when molds are able to seep through the house in very large numbers (whether due to roofing issues or plumbing problems) they also invite other pests to thrive in there with them. Thus, while mold may not have caused the collapse, it was the cause why the areas weakened. The crew who saw the mold just thought it was an ugly part of the cabin-like home and decided to just had it patched up with paint, thinking that it could hold up long enough to finish the shoot.

The incident  made me realize that these things seem to be a great part of a set’s regular “life” and it makes me appreciate the craft and industry even more.

July 8, 2016

The Importance of Reviews in This Industry

Movie set with great roof and plumbing

At this age and time, people can easily let their voices and opinions be heard. There are different media platforms that people can use in order to make a statement and there is freedom of speech, allowing anybody to rant if they want to and whenever they want to.

Movie ReviewIndeed, technology has given the masses great power for communication, so much so that it has become a part of marketing strategies to check on the feedback that products get from the people, via social media sites, forums, and other media platforms.

This is why it is important to always give quality output, product and service, whenever you wish to engage the masses so that people give out nothing but positive reviews about you or your products.

This is especially true for those in the movie and television industry. A single mishap by a celebrity, or a poorly produced film, will surely spread like wildfire, because people can just type in and click and the whole world will start knowing about these “failures” and whatnot.

If an action movie got delayed because a celebrity got hurt because of a collapsed roof on its set, or when a production crew had plumbing issues that affected the whole neighborhood, then you can be sure that even people from the opposite side of the globe will be able to hear about it and will have a lot of things to say about it.

Thus, it is vital that the review panel of a production will be very thorough in checking all aspects of a project before releasing it to the public and leaving the whole world to give their own reviews about it. This way, there will be more positive reviews and the efforts of the staff behind the movie will be well-appreciated.

July 7, 2016

Living the Life behind the Television Screen

Living Behind Television Screen

Too early-morning wake up calls, very late night wrap-ups, eating fast-food meals almost every day, and always prepping for last minute changes. These are some of the many things that people in the movie industry have to constantly deal with.

 

Broadcasting room with roofing problems

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An ex-colleague of mine decided to quit working for a national TV news station and instead decided to go back to her hometown and pursue the same work but, this time, for a local news channel only. She did this because she thought that local news TV offer her the same exposure and almost the same pay, for a lighter workload and a bigger chance of getting her social life back on track. She was dead wrong.

Her work was not lighter because even local news channels embrace the same culture and practice as that of national news channel. The only difference really, is that one is broadcasted on a national level while the other is broadcasted in the locality. So she did not only minimized her exposure, she did not get the time off that she wanted nor did she get a change in lifestyle. Still the same old early wake up calls and late night pack-ups.

Roof CeilingOne time she was so tired that she and her co-workers there decided to sleep it off at a dressing room. It was also raining hard outside so they did not bother going home anymore. While they sleep, she suddenly felt cold and wet. When she woke up from the feeling, she saw that the dressing room ceiling was leaking. They hurriedly rescued the props and other materials inside the dressing room and spent the remaining hours before call time, cleaning up the water and the mess that the hole on the roof left them. The situation was worse than the time that the station had a plumbing problem, which only frustrated her so much more. She does not seem to get a break from all the work and stress and now this happens.

When they reported this to their supervisor, she was tasked to contact a roofing company that is said to employ the best roofers in the area. She was aware of the company since it was really making a name in the locality as the best roofing company, able to provide their clients with quality materials for any kind of roofing emergency and repair needs. Their roofers are also well trained and have been polished by their experience and time in the field.

Roof RepairShe did as she was told and was surprised that in less than an hour the team was in the set and started assessing the roof situation, not just of the area near the dressing room, but the entire studio. After a few exchanges of plans with the supervisor, the team proceeded to gathering their tools and materials for the repair of the roofing system of the place.

While they were at work, the people were still bustling about for the next TV segment and all other necessary work, as if there was no roof problem. This has always been how things are in this industry. Not a single fret is given for minor or major fallbacks. Instead, solutions are always sent forth and assigned to accomplishment.