Are There Rules For Spoilers? | PBS Idea Channel

Spoilers can be infuriating because they can ruin the suspense in a piece of media. But some people like them, actually preferring to have the endings divulged. What camp are you in? Why aren’t there better guidelines regarding spoilers? PBS Idea Channel  caught up with some of our favorite Youtubers at Vidcon and got their two cents…then they gave their sixth sense and we found out Bruce Willis was…


Cinema’s Primates

When we look at a primate’s eyes on the big screen, we are looking at ourselves.

What do we see when we look at an ape?

Throughout history, we have been drawn to how much they resemble us. No other animal comes close in our anatomical, behavioral, developmental, physiological and reproductive similarities. These parallels have provoked much introspection and debate bordering on the primal and the inspired. Is it any wonder that the word “ape” has come to mean the mimicry of human action?

Non-human primates have existed on film from the art form’s inception, primarily as sideshow spectacles, most notably in King Kong (1933). Their display for our amusement is perhaps an extension of the tradition of the zoo and the circus, where such creatures are viewed more as oddities than as fellow earthly denizens.

Rarely have these creatures been viewed on their own terms. They have been human sidekicks, villains, accomplices and lab rats. They’ve drank our booze, laughed (or cringed) at our jokes, and played our sports. Even in the most thought-provoking films that feature them, rarely have we been given the benefit of their perspective. But in reality, how can we? W.G. Sebald once said that “Men and animals regard each other across a gulf of mutual incomprehension.” We cannot help but humanize creatures in which we see our resemblance so that we can relate to them.

But as time goes by, our understanding of all creatures big and small continues to grow. Non-human empathy no longer feels wrong when we start caring about what cows are fed and if chickens are caged. Animal testing on apes and other intelligent species has now become taboo. The future philosophical and ethical implications of “personhood” in all its forms only looks more and more challenging as we reconsider our evolutionary kinship. The gulf is shrinking.

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House of Cards: Coloring the Game-Changing Netflix Series

Season 2 of the pioneering Netflix series “House of Cards” brought a number of changes, including new Lead Colorist Laura Jans-Fazio. She spoke to Creative COW about her approach to this visually distinctive show, her remote collaboration with Executive Producer David Fincher, and her use of the Baselight grading system for fast turnarounds with the show’s 5K footage.

House of Cards

This is your first season working on House of Cards. What were some of the other jobs that you were doing before then?

I’ve always been a colorist, it seems. More recently, as a freelance colorist, working around LA and around the country, doing commercials, TV work and independents. I also worked with FilmLight, training colorists new to the Baselight software. The opportunity came up to do this, so I jumped on board.

How long did it take to finish this season?

We spent two and a half months working on the show. Our delivery date was middle of January. They were long days, too. One week, somebody asked, “Is Laura really still here?” So it was super, super tight. We were here night and day, with little time in which to deliver the episodes.

It always struck me as a lot of pressure to deliver 13 episodes at once.

It was insane. I mean, Encore looked at me and said, “How are we — you — going to do this? You’ll need to have a second colorist on board.” Good idea, but in reality I felt that it would take more time trying to get an alternate colorist on board to second me and mirror what I was doing, and that time would be better spent grading the episodes. So, I decided to just go ahead get it done.

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The Daily Show’s John Hodgman Makes His Dreams Come True – Speakeasy

Author/actor/comedian John Hodgman (The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, That Is All) sits down with Paul F. Tompkins to talk about making drinks, becoming a literary agent, cheesemongering, working on McSweeney’s, being on The Daily Show, and preparing for the Apocalypse.


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