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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 15 Apr 91 10:22:10 CDT
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On Mon, 15 Apr 91 10:24:00 +1200 <[log in to unmask]> said:
>Another interesting associative distinction between film and video arises
>from the fact that for a long time video was used only for studio-shot
>sequences, while location work was entirely on film. Old BBC series like _Z
>-Cars_ and _Softly, Softly_, familiar to British tele viewer in the '60s
>and '70s, cut unabashedly from videod interiors to filmed exteriors.
>As the character exited and emerged into the street, the image definition
>and sound quality changed radically. The interiors were always clearly sets
>; while the exteriors were shot in the mean streets of Birmingham or
>Stepney. Oddly, no one noticed.
Monty Python did a gag basedon this difference.
I'm having trouble remembering the particulars, but as I recall it
starts with a bunch of men in some sort of a meeting inside (shot in
video).  One of them--Eric Idle or Michael Palin, I believe--looks
outside the door.  Cut to exterior shot (in FILM) of him looking out the
door.  He yelps.  Cut back to interior (in video):  he spreads the alarm
to the rest of the group that "it's FILM out there!"
Pandemonium ensues.
      i can't go on . . .
      i really
      can't go on
      i swear
      i can't go on
      i guess
      i'll get up
      and go on
                --Dory Previn
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