On Wed, 14May97, eva katz <[log in to unmask]> asked: >I would like to get some examples of films that were >developed to TV series and some ideas to teach this topic. >Thanks Eva Katz Media Education Dept. Beit Berl College >Israel Two examples that come to mind right away are the current "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," from the 1992 movie of the same name; and the popular '70's TV series "McCloud" (1972-1978), starring Dennis Weaver, about a modern-day Western marshal who is transferred to NYC---taken from Clint Eastwood's "Coogan's Bluff" (1968). Contact me for more info about the latter example if needed. Don't know if they'd serve as teaching points, but two issues which come up here are: (1) exposure: it takes only 2 hr or so to take in everything a film has to offer; while a TV series takes many months of [steady, weekly] viewing--or, at best, many, many hours of viewing of pre-recorded or re-packaged episodes on tape. And, in the case of an ordinary series, it cannot usually be assumed that all viewers are working with [have seen] either a full set, or even the same set of episodes. (2) Character backstory: In film, with its finite script, backstory is easier to develop and insert, and often aids narrative as well as character development. In TV series (comedy or drama), use of character backstory is usually much more limited, or even avoided altogether, in order not to introduce limitations to the character which may interfere with future [as yet unwritten] story lines. In recent decades, there has been a small trend toward the cumulative reading of a TV series' content, ie more reliance on viewers' knowledge of past episodes (some series more than others, eg especially daytime soaps, but also in nighttime series), than in earlier decades. But this is still by no means the rule as above. It was actor Dennis Weaver, in fact, who first described this problem (#2) to me, in explaining the [lack of] backstory for his Emmy-winning 1950's character 'Chester,' in CBS-TV's "Gunsmoke". The series still leads the record as the most successful dramatic series in TV history (1955-1975 in production, and continuously in syndication since), and in ratings is only second overall, behind the comedy series 'I Love Lucy.' Contact me for more on this if needed. Bet MacArthur Arts Analysis Institute Cambridge MA USA Massachusetts: (627) 455 6189 Los Angeles: (310) 313 5059 ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.