“Movies Vs. Television: The Tide Shifts Back” Write Up by David Mejia


This piece focuses on the downfall of movies while considering where television stands in retrospect. The author focuses on multiple sources to provide a contrasting viewpoint on where Television work stands compared to cinema.

Yellow Highlight:

The yellow highlighted focuses on moments in which the writer uses a listing method, a list to clarify or provide supporting information to back up his previous statement.

The first highlighted portion [underlined]–

Maybe that was Spielberg’s way of acknowledging the inevitable: that The King’s Speech was about to take home the big prize, even though 10 years from now, movie buffs will more likely remember 2010 as the year of Winter’s Bone, Black Swan, Toy Story 3, Inception, and The Social Network (not to mention Dogtooth and Exit Through The Gift Shop). It may be cold comfort, but it is some comfort. Daring, rousing filmmaking losing to respectable awards-bait? That’s just Hollywood tradition.

–focuses on Spielberg saying that the films that typically win the awards don’t. In fact, the fellow nominees are more memorable so the writer lists some of the bigger hits of that year and it is true because since this was published in 2010, I have had 6 years to see these films age—still talked about today. I don’t hear much about King’s Speech.

The third highlighted portion that discusses True Grit also does the same, it provides a clear point for the reader to latch onto what the writer is saying when comparing to the other solid films of the previous year.

The following highlighted portions focus more on the actual content, really serving the previous thing I analyzed which is to provide clarification on what not.

Green highlight:

The green highlight focuses more on the actual writer really providing technical information to really help the reader understand what’s going on in the argument/discussion. The parenthesis is the highlighted portion, it is used to incorporate quotes, finance information, more description of the subject. This is helpful in allowing the reader as I said earlier, more of an understanding. I think it is important to highlight since there are so many factors that go into really grasping the magnitude of this work since the film business is so dynamic in terms of what effects what.

What Can We Learn:

For starters, we can learn that every view on the TV is helping it, keep that low-key show you stumbled on and now love on even if you’re not paying attention, hell text your buddies and tell them to tune in.

The film industry isn’t just about storytelling, unfortunately, it’s more about being tactical and savvy. It’s a business after all, sometimes it’s that before an art, I think this article really portrays that. The real artists in this article (the indie filmmakers) are the ones paying for their stuff in full and really shooting for their idea.

What Can I Incorporate:

As I just used above, the indie filmmaker parenthetical, I can use parenthesis to offer more clarification and what not. I can really also consider in terms of my own art what medium I should focus on, television writing/production or filmmaking/screenwriting. There’s a lot I can really use outside of just writing techniques, of course the author uses listing and that’s always been thing I love to do in order to provide or more clear and powerful point.

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