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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by DevdogAZ, Feb 1, 2016.
I recognized "Frenchie" right away, but no idea that "Jan" was there.
Watch again. They definitely did. They didn't do it throughout but they did it a couple of times.
saw the first hour....
i could barely last through sound of music, and i lasted 10 minutes with pan and wiz...
i can't wait to finish grease.... i don't know if it's the source material, or the production, or the acting, or all of the above.
but this blew the others away, imo.
spoilers.... hah... 40 year old spoilers...
Travolta was 23 and ONJ was 28 when they did the movie. But I agree, this Danny looked like he was in his mid-30s.
She won it a few times, before her kid brother joined and started winning. Derek Hough is excellent at choreography. Can't wait till he leaves TV and does some Broadway.
EDIT: Oops, looks like Julianne is the baby-sister. Derek just acted goofy.
There were a few scenes in which you could see a wire running up the back of the neck into the actor's hair from under their clothes which I assumed to be for a mic.
Also, Barry Pearl ("Doody" from the movie) played the guy arranging everything for Mario Lopez' character.
In addition to what wprager said, she became a pretty big star from DwtS and eventually left to pursue her solo career. She then returned sometime in the last couple seasons and is now a judge.
Didn't See Pan or Wiz, But I felt this was definitely better than The Sound Of Music. To be fair, that was their first shot at this live thing, so it makes sense that the 4th would be better.. Could be the material, but I was watching and being amazed at the production. Kept looking for mistakes, Cameramen in mirrors, etc.. (Always do). Didn't take the scaffolding as a mistake as they were pulling pretty wide in that shot so I took it as they were not trying to hide it...
I did see a mic pack in Danny's back during one of the scenes in the Gym..
Peter Pan, The Wiz, and Sound of Music were all NBC. Grease Live was on FOX.
(That is to say, this was FOX's first crack at this.)
From what I read about this, they wanted to do something different than what the NBC shows did. The guy in charge was the same guy who did Hamilton on Broadway which is being hailed as groundbreaking (I haven't seen it, nor do I have a desire to see it, just too expensive to do Broadway these days). This was done on WB lot, not Fox as I originally thought. It was definitely a hybrid of the movie and the Broadway show. A new way of presenting the material.
A big part of the different feel between the previous NBC live productions and this one was the live audience. With Grease, they allowed the live audience to applaud and even be part of the production, so it gave it a much more authentic feel, when compared to the sterile feel of the NBC productions where a song would end and the lack of applause seemed odd.
Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls is supposed to start filming on the WB lot Tuesday. I am sure they will be pretty busy today cleaning up.
At least Rizzo led a hard life.
As others have said, she won DWTS a few times and was definitely one of the standout dancers... After leaving, she had had a reasonably successful career as a country singer, as well as a pretty solid actress (I watched "Safe Haven" with my daughter a few weeks ago, and she did an excellent job)... Now she is judging DWTS...
Pretty successful swiss army knife...can do many things pretty well...
Just going to through it out there, but if you want to see a different "talent" from Julianna, go watch her and her brother compete on Lip Sync Battle. Let's just say that her performance was definitely not a Sandy performance.
She also played the role of Sherrie Christian in the movie adaptation of the musical "Rock of Ages."
Things I liked:
- I thought it had great production value. Giant set and logistics were impressive
- I liked the cast. I've had a crush on Julianne for a long time. Vanessa Hudgens did a great job and it was sad to hear about her father. And who knew she could shine in a Musical set in High School?
- Sound was great. It really hit me late ("Worse things I could do") but that's one of my favorite songs from Grease and Hudgens did great. And it hit me: She just walked down a hallway and sounded consistent! I couldn't see a body mic, but i was unfamiliar with the wig mics discussed above.
- The songs felt right. I usually get stuck on the first recording I hear and different interpretations bother me. But these had the right feeling to me, and I liked their interpretations.
- Always great to see Julianne dance. "Who would want to see a bunch of amatuers dance on live tv?"
Things I didn't like:
- I know the Grease revival integrated songs from the film, but I really liked "All Shook Up" from the original, and was disappointed they couldn't integrate it. Yeah, yeah, I know it wasn't going to happen. But I can still be disappointed.
- Except for the last phrase of a song, it felt like all the school lighting, especially the diner, the hallway, and the office, was so flat. I'm not quite sure how to describe it - PBS? Soap Opera? But like it was just a bunch of big soft sources overhead. And I don't think that's typical in either the stage or the film version. But I guess it was necessitated by the constantly moving steadicams.
- I didn't like the constantly moving steadicams. I admire the craftsmanship to pull off the choreography. But for example, in the cheerleading tryouts, it seemed like the steadicams were just constantly going for a dynamic shot running from screen right to screen left. Then they'd hit the mark, reset and run again with the same shot running right to left. It didn't feel like there was any narrative reason for it and I hope to FSM that the reason for it doesn't involve the word "visceral"
- Steadicams had a super-wide lens. In a "pan", the keystoning was distracting/disorienting. There were several shots where there would be pairs of dancers coming toward the camera. But it was such a wide shot that the dancers were tiny for much of the shot, then before you know it, they were warped and flew off the sides. But they didn't really seem to have a good amount of time unwarped and big in frame. Maybe they wanted to have a deeper depth of field to have less to worry about.
- In a few shots, it felt like the camera was tilted, like dutch angle. But really no reason for it.
With a movie or a "single camera" TV show, you setup a particular camera angle, including positioning your lights, actors, etc., shoot that angle, then re-position everything for another camera angle and re-shoot the scene from that angle. This lets you get each camera angle looking the best that it can be. The individual pieces are then taken back and "color-graded," in which a colorist can give the entire scene the right color temperature, and can even correct (to some degree) for some mistakes in lighting.
With a "three camera" show, like a sitcom, it has a different look, because they can't go and light each camera angle individually, since they're all shot at the same time. As a result, sitcoms tend to have a much brighter, more dynamic look, since the set is going to be lit more evenly. They still can do color-grading in post-production, though. They also usually use a fairly small, fairly static set (for example, the guys' apartment on "Big Bang Theory") and can position lights appropriate for that specific set.
With this, since it's live and since they have people moving pretty much everywhere, the whole gigantic set needs to be lit pretty much identically, which caused that fairly flat look. And since it was live, there's no opportunity for color-grading in post production, meaning, what the camera got is what you get at home.
I wonder if it'll be released on optical disc of some kind, and if that might have some correction done?
Highly unlikely. The whole idea behind a live production is that they've got one shot at it, then it's done. Going and editing it after kind of defeats the whole concept.