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Old Yesterday, 04:23 AM   #1
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Modern Family - Connection Lost - 2/25/2015 *spoilers*

Wow, that was a very interesting episode. I heard an interview with Steve Levitan and he talked about how the whole episode was filmed on iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. I'm surprised at how good the video quality was. And the way they wrote the story in such a way that it could be filmed like that and make sense was great.

I knew it was going to turn out that Haley had lost her phone, but they did a good job of having all the clues seem legit.

Loved that Claire's bookmark for porn takes her to her Pinterest page for "Organization Porn."
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I agree, it was unique and overall well done. It's a sad commentary on what many folks are actually like these days. Meaning constantly "connected online".
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I agree, it was unique and overall well done. It's a sad commentary on what many folks are actually like these days. Meaning constantly "connected online".
... he posted on an internet forum.

What's sad about it?
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Old Yesterday, 09:19 AM   #4
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... he posted on an internet forum.

What's sad about it?
LOL.

Just saying that I bet there a lot of families out there that all sit staring at their tablets and phones all hours of the day and night and if they need to talk to someone (who may be in the next room even) would rather sit there and text/Facetime them rather then get up and talk.

Or those folks (lots of woman it seems) that the minute they leave work start yacking on their phones for the whole car ride home.
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I didn't think it was particularly interesting or innovative. All four locations they used no one moved from their spot so there was nothing to really coordinate. Plus I think the story totally stunk. It was just taking the shots they shot and hand them to a CGI company to add all the computer pieces and done. Nothing special.
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Wasn't my favorite episode. I wonder how much Apple paid for that?
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I enjoyed it. Of course the had to knock the old guy (Jay) being befuddled by the technology. And I can't believe that nobody ran away with either Dylan's phone or Claire's laptop when they handed it to someone else.

And being from Chicago, the Garrett popcorn bit was funny. And it is available at O'Hare.
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Wasn't my favorite episode. I wonder how much Apple paid for that?
That was my thought too. Plus good thing no one in that family wants an Android they wouldn't be able to communicate. OK maybe Haley should look into that. LOL
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Just saying that I bet there a lot of families out there that all sit staring at their tablets and phones all hours of the day and night and if they need to talk to someone (who may be in the next room even) would rather sit there and text/Facetime them rather then get up and talk.
Every interaction shown in the episode was to/from Claire, who was out of town.
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I wonder how much Apple paid for that?
Apple provided some support for the production, but they didn't pay for the story or anything. Co-creator Steve Levitan came up with the concept himself.
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I really enjoyed it. Yet more evidence that Claire is the worst person in the world.

I'll be at O'Hare on Friday. I look forward to using the apparently gigabit internet service they have there. The only other real liberty the production took that I could spot is that FaceTime does not have a multiparty calling mode as shown in the episode.
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It was just taking the shots they shot and hand them to a CGI company to add all the computer pieces and done. Nothing special.
Did you miss the bit in the OP where it (supposedly) was all done more or less as presented?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos...ly-loves-apple
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I loved this episode. There were so many little things happening that if you blinked you would miss it.

For me, I'd put this up there with the Las Vegas episode (one of my favorites).
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I went into this expecting to be disappointed by an Apple promo. Was pleasantly surprised by a very funny story, and well made. Lots of lol moments. I thought the way they tied the various apps (video chat, browser, txt, etc) into the story line was cute & unique.

Especially funny when Phil (who's worth every Emmy he wins) wouldn't know where someone was, and we could see them in the background. Or Claire faking a breaking-up connection, stuttering and freezing, while people are walking normally in the background. But then this is typical MF style humor.
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Cam: Now, Lily, what have I told you about being selfish? Auntie Claire needs to talk to other Daddy about something...just as soon as she gets me my popcorn!!!!

Mitch: Who is this handsome Yentl-Man???

BA HA HA HA!
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Mitch: Who is this handsome Yentl-Man???
And later Claire signs off with "See you later Babs".
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Another line, so good but went by so quick. I really should rewatch this episode:

Dylan: "It's like we share a brain!"

Alex: "Oh, who has it now?"
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I'm surprised at how good the video quality was.
All of the computer interface was a render. They were worried that things would get too fuzzy if they used the actual Mac screen resolution, so they hired a motion graphics guy who did a 4x mockup of the entire interface and that's what they shot. So we were looking at a fake version of Mac OS X Yosemite the entire time. (Interestingly, they started work on this before Yosemite came out. They had to keep going back and re-doing pieces of their UI renders as Apple would tweak the appearance of Yosemite during the beta period.)
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Wasn't my favorite episode. I wonder how much Apple paid for that?
Levitan said Apple provided six iPhones since they needed ones with fresh batteries and full storage capacity, but that they didn't pay for anything else. It wasn't designed to promote Apple, it was just supposed to be an interesting idea for an episode.

Levitan also said that shooting this episode was much faster - it only took two days of primary shooting whereas most episodes take five.
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All of the computer interface was a render. They were worried that things would get too fuzzy if they used the actual Mac screen resolution, so they hired a motion graphics guy who did a 4x mockup of the entire interface and that's what they shot. So we were looking at a fake version of Mac OS X Yosemite the entire time. (Interestingly, they started work on this before Yosemite came out. They had to keep going back and re-doing pieces of their UI renders as Apple would tweak the appearance of Yosemite during the beta period.)
I assumed Devdog was talking about the actual video they shot, not the computer interface.

I don't watch the show, but it was on when I turned on my TV last night, and I was sucked in. I loved it.
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All of the computer interface was a render. They were worried that things would get too fuzzy if they used the actual Mac screen resolution, so they hired a motion graphics guy who did a 4x mockup of the entire interface and that's what they shot. So we were looking at a fake version of Mac OS X Yosemite the entire time. (Interestingly, they started work on this before Yosemite came out. They had to keep going back and re-doing pieces of their UI renders as Apple would tweak the appearance of Yosemite during the beta period.)
When I said I was impressed with the image quality, I was talking about the images with the people being shot on iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks.

That is an interesting tidbit about the graphics on Claire's computer, though. Thanks.
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Another line, so good but went by so quick.
(Phil and Claire, discussing the possibility that Haley is pregnant)

Phil: "Let's not jump to any conclusions."

Claire: "Let's review. She's been irritable, she went to chapel in Vegas in the middle of the night, and most suspicious of all, SHE BOUGHT A BOOK!"

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When I said I was impressed with the image quality, I was talking about the images with the people being shot on iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks.
Ah. Ha ha. When I started watching it, my first thought was to wonder how they made the graphics so sharp.
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Levitan also said that shooting this episode was much faster - it only took two days of primary shooting whereas most episodes take five.
Not surprising, since they didn't have to take the time to re-shoot from multiple camera angles. Plus, many of the scenes pretty much had to be shot "straight through," and some of the camera angles were doubled up (like Phil's and Alex's cameras).
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Apple has had a long standing relationship with MF, a whole episode was centered on getting Phil an iPad for his birthday, and it aired right around the time of the actual release.
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Apple has had a long standing relationship with MF, a whole episode was centered on getting Phil an iPad for his birthday, and it aired right around the time of the actual release.
Again, that was simply an episode idea that the show creators came up with because they are big Apple fans. I don't think Apple paid for anything more than the typical "promotional consideration" that Apple pays for in LOTS of TV shows.
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I really liked this episode, but I just wanted to mention something about the previous episode, for which I can't seem to find a thread...

When the crazy girl in first class whipped out the stinky cheeses, I immediately though about Evaporated and her encounter on the plane with the rotten tuna crotch girl.
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Again, that was simply an episode idea that the show creators came up with because they are big Apple fans. I don't think Apple paid for anything more than the typical "promotional consideration" that Apple pays for in LOTS of TV shows.
Not saying they paid, but they have a working relationship with Apple, and have had Apple products take center stage for an episode before.

Apple doesn't need to pay, those episodes drive up interest in the products because it goes beyond seeing the Apple icon on the cover of a laptop. (promotional consideration).

It truly was free advertising for the i-line of products.
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Another line, so good but went by so quick. I really should rewatch this episode:

Dylan: "It's like we share a brain!"

Alex: "Oh, who has it now?"

At least the second Alex to say that in a sitcom. Alex Keaton said the same line in Family Ties.
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Not saying they paid, but they have a working relationship with Apple, and have had Apple products take center stage for an episode before.

Apple doesn't need to pay, those episodes drive up interest in the products because it goes beyond seeing the Apple icon on the cover of a laptop. (promotional consideration).

It truly was free advertising for the i-line of products.
Sure it was.
But the question is, was it an interesting plot device to tell a story and was it organic to the story?

I like this a lot better than paid product advertisements on other shows where the characters rattle off all of the product points that the marketing people want out there. (I'm looking at you, Bones.)

Here, I think that Modern Family took a well used plot and put an interesting spin on it as well as having fit into the show organically.
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