1. Soderbergh told me recently that a lot of the show’s simplicity is driven by time and budget constraints. They’re working on a tight schedule and have to shoot a lot of script pages every day, so they don’t have the luxury of shooting things five different ways and deciding later which one they like the best. The use of compact, high-definition, light-sensitive digital cameras allows Soderbergh to shoot with one or two visible light sources, often of fairly low wattage, and achieve naturalistic lighting effects that Stanley Kubrick spent a fortune on when shooting the visually similar Barry Lyndon (the first movie with interiors shot entirely by candlelight) on 35mm film 40 years ago. I’m almost reluctant to convey all that information here, though, because it might make it sound as if what Soderbergh is doing is easy. It’s really not. That fusebox scene I mentioned earlier is so complex, in terms of choreography, that a lot of period shows and films would set aside a day to block it, rehearse it, and shoot it. Soderbergh did it in two hours, from start to finish. You can’t work that fast and get such great results unless you’re absorbed in your craft so fully that it has become instinctive, in the way that a painter’s brushstrokes are instinctive, or a great basketball player’s moves are instinctive. At some point, intelligence becomes physical. The eyes and hands are just taking dictation from the subconscious. That, I suspect, is the level at which Soderbergh is operating now, 25 years after the premiere of his first feature, sex, lies, and videotape.
  2. Home Front
    Daily drama set in Great War Britain. Pure enthralling fiction, set against a backdrop of fact, each 12m episode will be set a hundred years to the day before broadcast, and the series will last the length of the war.

    BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Home Front

    ooooh….adding to my podcast post-haste

  3. The internet has been a massive boon to narrative radio, with the BBC iPlayer and downloads making mainstream content more accessible than ever before, and podcasting getting in on the radio drama act with independent online shows like Welcome to Night Vale and Thrilling Adventure Hour. Having their entire back-catalogue available online means that these shows pick up more and more fans over time. As magical as the iPlayer is, that’s one of the main issues with BBC drama content: it almost always disappears after 7 days. The plan is to extend that to 30 days in the near future, but even then there will still be a great disappointment when realising that, after listening to eight episodes of a serial, there’s nowhere one can find the rest of the episodes until they’re repeated at 3 AM on Radio 4Extra in 2019.
  4. Lizzie Bennet Diaries Episode 95: Alternate Script with Catherine De Bourgh


    I really want to know the reasoning behind why this script wasn’t used and why Caroline Lee had to be so bastardized. Would it really have been so bad to get an actress for one episode? I know money was an issue, but really. This would have such an improvement to the show overall, and a much more powerful set-up to the Lizzie/Darcy finale.

    It’s frustrating to know that this is out there and was considered, and they went another route. 

    We’ve talked about this on a few panels and some other places. It was a combination of timing - we just didn’t have the time/money to bring in another actor at that late date.

    Part of it was that here was a sense that since none of the older characters (i.e. the Bennet parents, Doctor Gardiner, etc.) appeared on camera, that it would be a major break.

    And the biggest reason (if I recall correctly) is that we still had to pay off the end of Caroline’s story, especially her involvement in the whole “Jane’s indiscretion” question. And this was the only place to do it. 

    Now don’t get me wrong - if we could go back in time and have the idea about 2-3 weeks earlier than we did, I’d have loved to have spent the time and even some extra money finding just the right Lady Catherine to appear on Lizzie’s vlog. I mean, how much could Jennifer Ehle cost for one day? :)

    But when you’re working on the tiny margins and fast paced production schedule we were on, it just wasn’t feasible.

    I should also say that, as flattering as it is to hear how much people like this script, don’t forget that you are all imagining the platonic ideal of how this episode would have come out. Actually producing it, who knows how it would have turned out? 

    And if we hadn’t made Caroline the big bad, then we wouldn’t have been able to have her reconcile with Bing and Jane, which was one of my favorite beats at the end of the story: https://storify.com/lbdiaries/come-visit-soon

    Reblogged from: betweenpastandpresenttense
  5. OK, this is not something I talk about much.  And I don’t think I’ve ever talked about it online. But for some reason, tonight I feel a compulsion to talk about it. Not sure why. But what I’ve learned over the years is to trust these instincts when they arise. So, borderline incoherent, typo-filled screed below the cut.

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