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Posted by Victoria on March 17, 1999 at 16:17:44:

To take the discussion in another direction, it is up to the Continuity Director to make sure that odd things don't pop up in filming. In watching the Roanoke program the other night, they zoomed in on one of the reenactors who was, I think, paddling a canoe. Well, they zoomed in right on his wrist and you could see the mark where his watch had been. He didn't know that they were going to do that. Another time, one of the Indian reenactors looked at the camera and we could see that he had blue eyes. There might be some blue eyes these days, but not back then. The History Channel skimps in places it really snouldn't. They need better directors, both for continuity and for cinematic quality, maybe to save money someone could do both. It would greatly enhance the quality of their product. How hard could it be to put a leather band on the guys wrist, and tell Blue Eyes to not look directly at the camera, and to ask them to remove those tennies and go barefoot (something a lot of men were doing in the Civil War even while walking on macadamized roads). The reenactors don't know if the camera is going to pick this stuff up, but the film people are supposed to be professionals too. I was an extra in a period film, & had to wear a corset (never again!!!), so I know something about costuming and the necessity of continuity and the weirdness of what the camera picks up or misses altogether, and it ain't the actor's responsibility. The H.C. uses special effects that are way too cheap, like you can tell the rain came from a shower nozzle, and the direction is way too visible (i.e. You guys run over there and act like you're doing x). Can't they see what a lousy job they're doing and how with just a little more effort they could have a way better product.

Said my piece,

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