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Cinematography basics

What are the best resources to learn the basics of cinematography? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Sep 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Regional dialects and vernaculars in fiction and television?

I'm curious as to how writers of fiction or television (specifically writers who are not from the depicted region or culture or economic class themselves) of shows like The Wire or Deadwood or The Sopranos, are able to write a wide range of dialects, vernaculars and idioms so successfully.* [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson on Sep 8, 2014 - 9 answers

What is it about old radio broadcasts that makes them so distinctive?

What is it about the audio in old radio or TV broadcasts that makes them identifiable as "old"? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Sep 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Entertaining Grandpa

My Grandfather is almost 93 and legally blind. Help me keep him entertained! [more inside]
posted by unicornologist on Sep 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Home renovation shows that get into the nitty gritty

My boyfriend would like some recommendations for good, detailed home renovation shows. [more inside]
posted by reshet on Aug 24, 2014 - 13 answers

No violence but dark TV?

I like dark and/or intriguing television shows. I like shows with interesting characters and long pay offs. What I do not like are any sudden scenes with violence against women or children. I have access to all counties of Netflix but no other streaming services. What can I watch? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Aug 21, 2014 - 37 answers

Hulu plus list of web only content

I am a Hulu plus subscriber and tend to watch via my sony blu-ray player which I believe is an android based app. I also have a computer hooked up to my TV that I rarely use but I have noticed that quite a bit of good content on hulu is web only. The Hulu android app doesn't show web only shows unless you specifically search for them. Is there somewhere I can see a list of what is available on Hulu plus but is web only? I can't seem to find any.
posted by srboisvert on Aug 19, 2014 - 3 answers

How do new TV shows get sent to other countries?

According to this entertainment news article, Channel 7 "will screen an episode on December 2 and another on December 3 - just hours after it airs in the USA." What does this process look like? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Standard musical cues for TV programs?

I want to learn about the types of musical cues that are commonly used for television programs. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jul 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Why did 30 Rock drop so many storylines between Seasons 3 and 4?

I've been re-watching 30 Rock on Netflix this week, and I realized there were major story lines season 3 that seem to have been unapologetically dropped at the start of season 4. For instance, season 3 ends with a television event to find Milton Green a kidney...and, apart from a later mention of Elvis Costello, this major storyline is never mentioned again. Similarly, Jenna is focused on her movie about Jackie Jormp Jomp, but this subplot never re-emerges. Is there a reason?
posted by jefficator on Jul 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Aereo is no more. Help me create my own Mac-based replacement.

I do not own a TV and I don't have a cable subscription. I don't want to get either one of those things. I do, though, occasionally like to watch broadcast TV (or recordings of broadcast TV) on my MacBook Pro or iPad. Aereo was a great solution. Now that Aereo is gone how can I create an approximate replacement for use in my home? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Why Do Women Hate TV Watching Men?

Husbands and boyfriends watching too much tv is a common complaint from women. It's so frequently mentioned in relationships of all types that I don't understand it. If not tv, then video games. I'd like to understand why this particular issue is so frequent among couples, and maybe both why men do it, and why women despise it? Is there any studies or other sources that explain behavior, or attempted to explore it, especially in a relationship or gender differentiated dynamic? [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Jul 10, 2014 - 31 answers

Examples of memorable performances from American Idol, Shark Tank, etc.?

I'm trying to put together a set of performances from various reality/contest shows (e.g., American Idol, Shark Tank) that provide good examples of the following four scenarios: 1. Contestant appears very confident/proud, performs very well. 2. Contestant appears very confident/proud, performs very poorly. 3. Contestant appears very nervous/embarrassed, performs very well. 4. Contestant appears very nervous/embarrassed, performs very poorly. I'm very grateful for any and all suggestions. Thanks!
posted by ChopperDave on Jul 1, 2014 - 16 answers

What should I read after watching the Up series?

I am an American who has just finished watching the Up series on Netflix, and I am wondering if there are any articles or books worth reading about the series. I would be interested in anything, but I'm particularly interested in anything that fleshes out the stories of these people's lives and also anything concerning how the series changed the lives of those portrayed (are they celebrities in the UK? etc.)
posted by imabanana on Jun 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Child reading books in the summer

Hi, My 10 year old girl loves to read. When she gets started, she loves it, but it's the "getting her started" that I have a problem with. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 27, 2014 - 33 answers

Help identifying a traumatizingly scary movie/TV show scene

I've had this scene scarred onto my brain for about 30 years, I've encountered another person online who also remembers it but likewise has no idea what movie or TV show it was. His and my descriptions of the scene below. [more inside]
posted by doctornecessiter on Jun 26, 2014 - 9 answers

What is a good, professional level, television/video monitor?

I need a professional level (able to color calibrate) television/video monitor to use a client monitor. [more inside]
posted by matt_od on Jun 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Introduction to Episode Skipping

I don't have a lot of TV watching time nowadays, so I'm behind on everything. I've only now caught up on the first three seasons of "Community." Having heard that the Dan-Harmonless season 4 was a disappointment, I plan to just skip ahead to season 5. Before I do, are there any Season 4 episodes that I should make a point of watching -- either because they are up there in quality with the first three seasons, or because they set up crucial plot points for the fifth? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jun 18, 2014 - 15 answers

How in the heck can I watch Oakland A's games live?

Haven't owned a TV ever since I got a projector, but now that I'm back in the US I'd like to catch Oakland A's games on local broadcast. How to do this as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jun 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Where to watch Ghana vs USA in DC?

Sadly the Ghana Cafe is closed, and now my dad and I need a new venue to watch Ghana vs USA tomorrow. Hoping to find a place with fans of both teams, a clear view of the TV without jostling or dodging, and preferably Tusker or other African beer available. Any recommendations, DC mefites?
posted by nkknkk on Jun 15, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I find my episode of Reading Rainbow?

Many, many years ago, when I was a wee pup, I was on an episode of Reading Rainbow. You know the short segments when they had kids present a sort of short, spoken book review of their favorite book? Well I presented Oliver Twist. [more inside]
posted by matt_od on Jun 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Please recommend a good small TV ...to someone whose last TV had tubes.

I would like to buy a very small (20" to 25") television for my study. I would like to watch DVDs, Netflix, movies & TV from iTunes, and maybe even some over-the-air network shows. But I bought my last TV used in 1992 and all I had to worry about was an antenna. (It had a sweet integrated VCR. I taped Twin Peaks off the air. It was the best of times!) I know nothing, and am bewildered by the options. Help? [more inside]
posted by minervous on May 29, 2014 - 16 answers

whenever there's trouble

Calling all junior detectives! Mr. Bloodhound isn't available, and I need your help. In the eighties, PBS ran a science show for kids called 3-2-1 Contact which often featured a terrific serialized mystery, The Bloodhound Gang. One of the capers guest-starred Six Feet Under's Frances Conroy. Can you help me figure out which one? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on May 28, 2014 - 7 answers

You Say Headphones, I Say... "What? I Can't Hear You?"

Is there some sort of setup using both wireless headphones and stereo receiver with surround sound whereby two people can watch TV together at different volumes? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

I might need to attend a Shippers Anonymous meeting

I need some new TV to watch, and I'm in a schmoopy mood. I've got a hankering for some old-fashioned Will-They-or-Won't-They romance. Please introduce me to the next Mulder and Scully or Beckett and Castle. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on May 4, 2014 - 39 answers

Name this North American TV show I saw, in the 1970's?

Can you tell me the name of a North American TV show I saw in the 1970's? (details within)... [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Apr 28, 2014 - 4 answers

What are all the foods and drinks referenced in Firefly?

Some friends are putting together a Firefly-themed dinner. What foods and drinks are directly referenced or depicted in the Firefly canon? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Apr 28, 2014 - 32 answers

Breaking Not So Bad

I'm looking for a good tv show with a long story arc that spans multiple seasons and has a great finale. The catch is I'd like something I can watch with my kids, ages 12-17, so that rules out most of the cable fare, like Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos or The Shield. It need not be a gritty cop drama, of course.
posted by mecran01 on Apr 27, 2014 - 71 answers

US 1970s educational/science TV series?

I'm trying to remember a series of shows broadcast in the late 1970s or maybe as late as 1980 or so. It explained science topics through the lens of recent discoveries or advancements. It might have been PBS but I think it was a "special broadcast" on network tv. I loved them and got all excited when one would be on, so I don't think it was regular or weekly. The only one I specifically remember was on the brain, told through the story of a little girl (?) who needed brain surgery. It wasn't for specifically for kids, but I recall them being very upbeat and "yay science!" They were broadcast in prime time, probably 8 PM. Also: it's definitely not Connections. Apologies - this may the the vaguest TV-related AskMe yet!
posted by JoanArkham on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Where does TV even come from if you can't Torrent?

So this happened in the Netherlands, devastating our English speaking, torrent addicted household. So how can we get our TV without getting a cable subscription? Details below. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Apr 22, 2014 - 10 answers

What television shows would you consider to be "emotionally harrowing"?

I'm looking for TV shows to watch that can best be described as "emotionally harrowing." Devastating, harrowing, deeply upsetting. There are episodes where I should feel stunned during the credits, feel simply emotionally drained. Extremely complex, raw nerve feelings to sort through. A sucker punch to the gut. You know the deal. I'm not fooling around, give me the awful feelings, straight and undiluted. PLEASE no spoilers or specifics. Feel free to explain, just be abstract and vague!
posted by naju on Apr 20, 2014 - 127 answers

Short TV series with short episodes!

I'm looking for good TV shows that have a short season (9-10 episodes absolute maximum) with episodes that are 30 minutes or less. A mini-series of 3-5 episodes that is available on Amazon Prime would be ideal. Does this exist?!
posted by aaanastasia on Apr 15, 2014 - 31 answers

Help Me Replace 'Raising Hope'!

My wife and I watch 4 shows together, Raising Hope, Cougar Town, Archer and Girls. Of the four shows, she is more into Girls than I am (although I love the show) and I am more into Archer than she is (she isn't a first language English speaker and they speak fast, plus references that are impossible for her to understand) but we both love Raising Hope and Cougar Town equally. The problem is that Raising Hope is no more and Cougar Town will likely not continue. What can we watch together? I think we are generally looking for a fairly light comedy with some kind of buddy/family elements. Generally more recent shows preferred, but they don't have to be totally current. Thanks!
posted by Literaryhero on Apr 13, 2014 - 29 answers

Identify cartoon featuring a forest feast inside a tree.

I'm trying to remember and find a clip online of a cartoon from my childhood. I don't believe it was a series. It featured a community of forest animals and from what I remember, focused on them collecting food for the winter. But there was one animal who refused to help collect food. When winter finally came, all the other animals were inside (a tree?) having a feast, while the lone animal who refused was stuck outside in the cold/snow. He/she trudged over to the door (of the tree) and they let him inside and everyone ate. Any ideas?
posted by czytm on Apr 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me get through a TV taping

I wrote a story for an online women's magazine, and it was picked up for a Canadian television network. They'll tape me as I'm telling my story, and then they'll re-enact it with actors. If you've ever seen Investigation Discovery episodes, it'll be like that, but funny. How do I get through this? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Apr 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me find *English* novelizations of Korean TV shows.

Librarian here, trying to help a patron who enjoys Korean television shows find their novelized versions in English. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Mar 25, 2014 - 4 answers

The American SF "Canon"

For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 23, 2014 - 68 answers

Getting video from the TV to my computer

I like to make gifs. What kind of device and setup do I need to pull live video off of television and onto my computer?
posted by cashman on Mar 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Fangirls on TV

For a research project, I need to find portrayals of female media fans on television shows. Any genre, and potentially any time period, will do, although I suspect this is more likely to be a relatively recent phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by Superplin on Mar 16, 2014 - 28 answers

Trying to ID 80s or early 90s music video - hard rock/hair metal

What I remember from the video: at the end, it featured a member of the band leaving a young woman's house (as if they'd just had sex), walking or driving down the block, and women from other houses on the block would come out of their houses, smile and wave at him, like he was the neighborhood gigolo. I believe it was filmed in California. Van Halen? Aerosmith? I'm drawing a blank.
posted by 4midori on Mar 11, 2014 - 2 answers

How does it taste, kids? Terrible!

Growing up, my dad would always ask the group of cousins, "How does it taste, kids?" And we would respond in unison, "terrible!" My mom thinks this came from a PBS show such as Sesame Street, but we can't track anything down. Does anyone remember this line? [more inside]
posted by Rohobe on Feb 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Local Paris television news online

I'm looking for daily local video news from Paris, France, in French, online. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Feb 13, 2014 - 2 answers

What's my TV deal point worth?

I am working on a TV series. My deal gives me a point on the show. I vaguely understand this means one percent of the show's profit, but have no idea of that this actually means in terms of potential compensation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2014 - 4 answers

A Good Tone is Hard to Find

Why is the source of 1khz tone hard to track down? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Feb 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Media recommendations for a gender-nonconforming 3-year-old boy

I’m looking some age-appropriate media that will show my bright, sensitive 3 year old son (who seems to be more interested in all things femme every day) that his interests are okay. He has lots of female family members and friends who demonstrate to him that there are a million different ways of being a woman or a girl. But neither his dad nor I is feminine in the slightest, and most of the men in his life are uniformly masculine. I’d love it if he could see positive representations of boys and men in books and TV who have a wider variety of gender expressions. [more inside]
posted by libraritarian on Jan 27, 2014 - 32 answers

CableCard needed. Difficulty: Comcast

So, through a series of unfortunate events we've made the switch to Comcast for tv & internet. In conjunction with the switch, we got a new Tivo Roamio. In order to make it work, we need a CableCard. How can I get one as painlessly as possible? [more inside]
posted by kyleg on Jan 24, 2014 - 9 answers

I want to roll my own media center

Looking for suggestions on the best way to replace a tv with a networked device. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Jan 23, 2014 - 15 answers

They want to put my house in the movies

And all it's got to do is act nat'rally. I received a communication from a scouting agent, interested in using our house to shoot a television pilot. My first inclination is to toss said communication, and forget about it. However, I'm wondering if perhaps we should consider it. Snowflakes! [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Jan 21, 2014 - 25 answers

Why do hotel HDTV's always have the wrong aspect ratio & bad reception?

Without fail, every hotel I've been to in the past few years with an HDTV has most of their channels in the wrong aspect ratio and with many channels having poor reception. Worse, even the pay per view, new release Hollywood films are often shown in the wrong aspect. I can't be the first person to complain, and this seems so widespread to be a bigger problem, so I must ask, WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jan 17, 2014 - 13 answers

More shows like Downton Abbey and Wives & Daughters?

So sue me, I've taken a liking to period dramas like Downton Abbey and Wives & Daughters. Can you help me find more shows like this? More specific likes/dislikes.... [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Jan 14, 2014 - 54 answers

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