I'm going to try this again. It's been a while since I wrote anything, so let's see how this goes. Just like riding a bike, right?
Today I watched the pilot for NBC's new show Smash. Am now massively resisting the urge to compose this entire post in screaming bold caps because I once jumped the gun with the inexplicably popular narrative clusterfuck that is Glee. I don't want to do that again. The disappointment backlash hurts only slightly less actually than watching an episode itself.
So I may be overly optimistic, but I feel that Smash is going to be something better. Yes, I can see the web of relationships potentially expanding into an endless skein of clusterfucks and horribly planned out relationships, but this show won't have the "they're just high school kids, they don't know what they want" excuse to hide behind. Since both shows both have something to do with musicals, comparison is inevitable, but I feel that while Glee is always going to drum up a larger audience, story-wise Smash will come out on top.
It's got so much potential, and I'm not just talking about the things we see on the screen but the themes and ideas that round this show out. It already discusses the industry's standards of beauty, the very idea of Marilyn herself and what she stands for. I want more.
And I'm not just endorsing this show because Jack Davenport is in it and I basically love him. To me, he'll always be the hapless Steve Taylor cast adrift in the whirwind of mysteries that is woman, but watching him rock the role of the jaded asshole director is like suddenly discovering an entirely new level of sexy. (And here I thought I was gonna be mature about this review, but oh well. He really is. I'm going to watch that scene again and swoon around)
I'm not gonna lie -- even though Dev seems to be the perfect guy (that scene with her parents is so sweet) for Karen I am kind of rooting for Derek to be endgame. Their chemistry is pretty insane already. I suspect that she is going to throw him off balance every single chance she gets, and he needs that.
( Smash 1.01 )
Man, I am hoping for great things with this show. I watched the preview thing at the end of the episode with breathless excitement that I reserve for Homestuck or comic books. Despite everything, I really want to love this show. Don't let me down, NBC!
AAAAAAAAAAA THIS BEAUTIFUL SHOW IS COMING INTO MY LIFE TOMORROW (or Tuesday, I guess, since things usually take a day to reach the internet) AND I AM SO EXCITED.
If the caps abuse didn't make it obvious enough.
I've been looking through the promotion stills and oh my giddy aunt everything is gorgeous. I'm excited to see Sean Bean play Eddard Stark and break my heart and Lena Heady kick ass as Cersei the Queen Bitch. And I can already tell that Peter Dinklage is totally going to own the role of Tyrion Lannister. He's just got that kind of weary irony impression. The landscapes are gorgeous and colors look AMAZING. It's all slightly desaturated -- to enhance the impression of "Starkness" I suppose -- and I am a huge fan of the desaturation tinge. I use it in nearly all my color grade shots. And I am ready to wet myself at all the glorious period costumery that will occur.
I've read that the script will actually keep closely to the storyline, and this makes me happy and sad at the same time, because if you've read the book, there is Major Character Death and it's got me pulling a longer face than all the generations of Starks combined.
Rereading the books now aw yeah.
( MC: throw doodle )
Sort of hate not having a buttload of entries to keep me busy, but omg it is kind of exciting to be able to watch events unfold in the proper time frame for once. This is like catching up to Doctor Who, only I don't have to wait months and months before witnessing miracles.
( goddamn clouds )
In other news, had my first Actual color grading project last week! Went well, I suppose, though in my usual self-deprecating manner, I will add that I don't think that the director really had a specific look in mind for the spot, and it was a pro bono thing so I probably won't get paid much (BIG surprise there). Gained experience, yes, but until I am the director of an internationally acclaimed, award-winning animated film, all achievements are dust in my own eyes, bluh bluh bluuhhh.
Yeah, I'm feeling pretty good.
I think I may possibly prefer color grading to online editing. The pressure in color grading is an entirely different sort -- still hell on the nerves, but all you have to worry about is color (in online, you worry about color, keying, supers placement, blemish clean-up, fancy special effects, and stitching everything together in a lovely package so that the clients will shut up and let you go home for a decent few hours' sleep), so I ended up not throwing up (which is apparently tradition for all first time colorists). That, and you get to play around more.
So, cool. Cool cool cool.
So I am probably wasted right now but not half as wasted as my friend (despite having had more to drink than her). My head is just spinning around like the girl from The Exorcist (was that the movie with the 180 degree turn? I don't even remember. I am not the authority on horror movies). I should go to sleep but I want to read my adventure trashy romance novel because December 21st is next week and that will be the end of my 100 Book Challenge. Tomorrow is a Saturday I can sleep in yay.
Actually, I don't think I'm wasted. Wasted is talking gibberish for normal people, but I talk gibberish every day. There should be a deeper standard of Wastedness for people like me, and thus far I have not reached it.
Oh office parties. You don't really make me feel grown up.